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The United States Air Force fought as a truly independent service for the first time during the Korean War. Ruling the skies in many celebrated aerial battles, even against the advanced Soviet MiG-15, American fighter pilots reigned supreme. Yet they also destroyed virtually every major town and city in North Korea, demolished its entire crop irrigation system and killed close to one million civilians.
The self-confidence and willingness to take risks which defined the lives of these men became a trademark of the fighter pilot culture, what author John Darrell Sherwood here refers to as the flight suit attitude. In Officers in Flight Suits, John Darrell Sherwood takes a closer look at the flight suit officer's life by drawing on memoirs, diaries, letters, novels, unit records, and personal papers as well as interviews with over fifty veterans who served in the Air Force in Korea. Tracing their lives from their training to the flight suit culture they developed, the author demonstrates how their unique lifestyle affected their performance in battle and their attitudes toward others, particularly women, in their off-duty activities.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Photographs
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Tables and Maps
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 2. An Absence of Ring-Knockers: The Social Background and Education of Flight Suit Officers
  2. pp. 11-36
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  1. 3. Stick and Rudder University: Training and the Creation of the Flight Suit Officer
  2. pp. 37-69
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  1. 4. MiG Alley: Air-to-Air Combat in Korea
  2. pp. 70-94
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  1. 5. Headhunters and Fighting Cocks: The Fighter-Bomber in Korea
  2. pp. 95-115
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  1. 6. Thunderboxes and Sabre Dancers: Base Life and Recreation in the Korean War
  2. pp. 116-142
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  1. 7. Life after Korea
  2. pp. 143-163
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  1. 8. Epilogue
  2. pp. 164-168
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  1. Appendix 1. Air Interdiction in Korea: An Operational Overview
  2. pp. 169-179
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  1. Appendix 2. Korean Conflict Aerial Victory Credits
  2. pp. 180-185
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  1. Appendix 3. Far East Air Forces Table of Equipment and Sorties by Aircraft Type, 1952
  2. pp. 186-188
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  1. Appendix 4. Tabulation of Sorties Flown by the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Allied Air Services in Korea
  2. p. 189
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  1. Appendix 5. Air Force, Marine, and Allied Aircraft Losses in Korea
  2. p. 190
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 191-220
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 229-239
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814788875
Related ISBN
9780814780381
MARC Record
OCLC
45843974
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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