The 51st Fighter Wing initially flew the F-80C in the Korean War, but in 1951, the 51st brought in high-scoring World War 2 ace Colonel Francis Gabreski to assume command when it converted from the F-80 over to the newly arrived F-86E. His recruits included his elite 4th Wing pilots, and by the end of the war, the 51st had two pilots who achieved the status of "Double Ace" as well as the highest scoring ace of the war, Joe McConnell. This book describes the 51st Wing's tenure with the Sabre that led to their high scoring sprees of 1953.
About the Author
From Grade One on, Warren was addicted to reading. The Thompson house always had a varied selection of novels, but his proclivity was toward adventure or science fiction. Eventually, commercial fiction won out. The Quiet Canadians is his first effort and shortly after its completion, he began writing another. Now the addiction is not only reading, but writing as well.
Warren lives in the Vancouver area with his wife and son.
Please visit: www.warrenthompsonbooks.com
Barabara Ware Holmes is the author of several novels for young people, including Charlotte Shakespeare and Annie the Great, illustrated by John Himmelman. She lives in Collingswood, NJ, and Port Clyde, ME.
Mark Styling has previously written Aircraft of the Aces 8 - "Corsair Aces of World War 2," He has been researching the B-26 Marauder for more than 15 years, and in that time has unearthed a wealth of new information and photographs. Styling has illustrated many titles for Osprey including the Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft and Elite Units series since 1994. Now based in Bridport, Dorset, he creates accurate illustrations of any chosen aircraft type. He produces some of the best artwork available to Osprey. The author lives in Dorset, UK.
"Well printed at an adequate size to reveal the details, [the photographs] are a sure-fire inspiration for models of spectacular Sabres from this rather overlooked conflict... Osprey's book is excellent value for money and deserves a place on the shelves of anyone interested in early jet combat." -Rowan Baylis, AeroScale
"[An] account of [the F-86's] operations in the Korean conflict with the 51st Fighter Wing is an essential for any student of air warfare." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com