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Hidden Warbirds


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Author Nicholas A. Veronico (San Carlos, CA) comes from a family of pilots-both his mother and father held private tickets, and his brother is a commercial pilot who flies for a major airline. Veronico got his start in aviation journalism in 1984. He has written more than 25 books on aviation, military, and local history subjects, and was the lead author of Wreckchasing 101: A Guide to Finding Aircraft Crashes and Crashes Sites. In 1995, he started the website, which has become the central meeting place for the wreckchasing community. Veronico has explored more than 100 aircraft crash sites throughout the United States. This is his ninth book for Zenith Press.


"In many ways, Hidden Warbirds is a treasure hunt for adults; a delightful way to enjoy the magic of finding and recovering increasingly rare pieces of aviation history. Not everyone has the money or expertise to actively participate in such adventures, but Veronico has done an excellent job of placing readers right on the ground with those who do recover these planes and with many of them in such remote locations, the tales are quite epic." -

Hidden Warbirds provides richly detailed accounts of warbird recovery and restoration, crossing through the decades with amazing stories of finding and recovering forgotten warplanes from around the world. Everything from P-61 Black Widows to Japanese fighters to B-17s to Navy Helldivers, this book gets behind the scenes in text and rare photos to document how these airplane were found and recovered, and tempts with stories about those still out there waiting to be discovered. Highly recommended for anyone interested in warbirds, warbird history, or adventure stories in general. - Scott Thompson, Author ofFinal Cut: The Post-War B-17 Flying Fortress and Survivors

"Veronico combines one part history and one part adventure to come up with an engaging and informative tribute to the people and organizations that have saved rare hidden warbirds for the future. Nick Veronico has pulled together a fascinating mixture of stories and photographs that trace the saving of many historic warbirds. He has unearthed a treasure-trove of historic photos and combined them with an engaging story to guide the reader through the fascinating efforts to save some of the hidden warbirds." - Dennis R. Jenkins, Author and Historian

"Warbirds is lavishly illustrated with color photos ?" many before and after ?" which I found hypnotic. That some of these hulks and wrecks could be reassembled and brought back to life and flown again even after the passage of more than 60 years is simply incredible." - The Baltimore Sun

"This work details the art and science of World War II-era aircraft recovery and restoration. Zenith has produced a handsome, full-color book printed on archival quality stock, sturdily bond in cloth that easily lays flat when open, and obviously is intended to serve as a handbook of repeated reference." - Air Power History

"This is a comprehensive reference work that begins with an insightful history of how interest in war surplus aircraft evolved into today's warbird movement. Hidden Warbirds is a beautiful book, published on high-quality paper with plenty of color." - Aviation History

"Fans of World War II aircraft will love this unique book!" - Military Officer

..". we look forward to a second volume equally as fascinating as this one. Make sure you grab a copy of this book. It is full of the "WOW" factor!" - Classic Wings (UK)

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