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Ron Dick served with the Royal Air Force for thirty-eight years, retiring as an Air Vice-Marshal. During his career, he flew sixty different types of aircraft, accumulating over 5,000 hours of flight time. * Dan Patterson is the recipient of the first annual Combs Award, presented by the National Aviation Hall of Fame to honour a photographer's contribution to the preservation of air and space heritage.
Patterson's color photography combines with works of contemporary aviation artists to depict aircraft vividly from all major theaters of war.--John Carver Edwards"Library Journal" (02/01/2005) Great stories and gorgeous photos of planes.--Jeff Salamon"Austin American-Statesmen" (12/19/2004) Any readers interested in the history of flying will treasure these profusely illustrated books.--George Cohen"Booklist" (12/01/2004) Expertly written... heavily illustrated... you'll find plenty of fascinating text and photography to pique your interest.-- (12/01/2004) Stunning images... the unforgettable images are accompanied by an insightful text.-- (12/01/2004) They capture the challenges, changes and close of World War II from the aeronautical perspective... a global look at aviation... excellent source for further reading and research and the photographs of the planes and cockpits are very good for reference.-- (06/01/2005)