A great new book on the seldom-told story of WWII liaison aircraft, known affectionately as "L-Birds" to military personnel. Along with an historical background explaining the multiple roles of these aircraft, you also get complete specifications for the most significant models including the Stinson L-1 and L-5, the Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper, the Aeronca L-3, the Piper L-4 and more... all the way up to the L-12. Carrier operations and unit histories are also included. 145 B&W photos, 10 color profiles and more.
Terry M. Love
Brand: Flying Books
Used Book in Good Condition
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book has LOTS of nice photos, so if you're interested in this subject it is worth adding to your collection. However, in many places the text is poorly written and edited (even some of the photos are misidentified), and some of the information presented is poorly researched - not what you might expect from a person with a Masters degree and numerous literary credits to his name. The typo's, occasional shabby grammar, and other inconsistencies are most annoying, so reading it is something like trying to listen to the radio through moderate static. It's not all bad, but this reviewer recommends that you buy it for the photos, not its less-than-impeccable accuracy or other literary "graces".
If you are interested in having a "reference" book on all the L birds, this is it. Lots of pictures, information and anecdotes. I'd buy it again without hesitation.
I purchased this book to do some research on my father's position during the war. It is hard to find any information on the Laison Pilots and this book was quite helpful. I also was amazed at the planes they flew, how flimsy they were. Truly an amazing read and helpful as research. I passed it on to my brother to share with his son.
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