Pacific Air: How Fearless Flyboys, Peerless Aircraft, and Fast Flattops Conquered the Skies in the War with Japan

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In a grand sweeping narrative, Pacific Air tells the inspiring story of how, despite initial disastrous defeats, a generation of young naval aviators challenged and ultimately vanquished a superior Japanese air force and fleet in the Pacific. The instruments of the United States aviators' triumphs were the elegantly designed F4F Wildcat, F6F Hellcat, as well as the lethal TBF Avenger torpedo bomber. With superbly trained U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviators at their controls, these planes became the most successful aerial weapons in naval history.

A majestic portrait of a proud era from dual perspectives--the inventive minds of young aeronautical engineers and the deadly artistry of even younger combat pilots--Pacific Air brings this important yet underappreciated chapter of World War II vividly to life.

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About the Author:

David Sears is a former U.S. Navy officer and author of four previous books, including Such Men As These and At War with the Wind. He lives in New Jersey.

Review:

Reference and Research Book News, August 2011
“[An] engaging historical narrative of air efforts against the Japanese.” Book Bargains and Previews
“If you are a WWII history buff, you will want to get a copy of this book.  It is a well-written history of brave pilots, smart tactics, and timely engineering ll in a very readable format.” Naval History, October 2011
“A most useful, readable, and far-reaching account...Sears brings a vitality and dedication to fully understanding the events about which he writes...Sears has covered a huge amount of useful and interesting information in a concise and extremely readable narrative.” Collected Miscellany, 9/19/11“Popular history at its best.  Sears does an excellent job of writing about the American effort to defeat Japan during World War II in an easy-to-read format...Very entertaining.”
 Michigan War Studies Review
“Sears writes in an engaging and fluent manner, deftly selecting the telling fact or compelling incident to bring his subject to life...Will entertain military buffs interested in rousing tales of fighter pilots ‘yankin' and bankin'’ in aerial combat.”
 

Bookviews, June 2011 “Provides a panorama of the battle against Japan...Anyone who loves military history will thoroughly enjoy the stories of the many young men who helped write it against daunting odds.”

InfoDad.com, 6/9/11
“A well-researched, well-written work...The different engineering of such planes as the TBF Avenger, F4F Wildcat and F6F Hellcat is well explained and will surely be of interest to the subset of readers fascinated by aeronautical design and how it affects combat success.”

Corduroy Books blog, 6/13/11
“Compulsively readable.”
 Relaxed Fit E-Zine, 6/6/11
“A nuts-and-bolts, briefing room viewpoint...An accurate, detailed narrative, covering the War in the Pacific at squadron level...Worth reading.”
 WWII History, September 2011“An excellent book...Sears’s account is a tribute to the men who pioneered the aerial tactics that enabled the Navy and Marine aviators to beat the Japanese at their own game—and achieve victory.” Veterans Reporter, June 2011
“The stories in this book should be taught in every American history class, and in every military basic training course.”
 

Kirkus Reviews, 5/1/11
“As a former naval officer who served during Vietnam, Sears brings an insider's knowledge of combat to this comprehensive history of the air war in the Pacific during World War II...A lively depiction of America's development of superior air power.”

Booklist, June 2011“[An] excellent volume on the navy’s air war in the Pacific during WWII...The author has almost certainly created the best one-volume study of the subject; libraries, take note.” Roanoke Times, 5/29/11“Sears illustrates the brilliant designs and incredible productiveness of the airplane builders and the heroic fortitude of U.S. sailors and airmen, whose gallantry helped lift the nation from the blood and smoke of Pearl Harbor to triumph in Tokyo Bay.” Tucson Citizen, 5/26/11“[A] wonderfully executed new book...Combining gripping personal stories with detailed military history, this page-turning book tells reveals sobering details of how a group of superbly trained Navy and Marine pilots...destroyed more than 5,000 Japanese aircraft.” 

Curled Up with a Good Book, 12/23/11
“A great read...Bring[s] the war to life...A great look at the Pacific War from the air, capturing all the cockiness, drama, and heartbreak as friends are lost, some never to be seen again. Anybody with an interest in World War II will find this a valuable addition to their collection.” Military Review, February 2012
“A compelling, readable account of aerial combat.”

 

War, Literature and the Arts“The book reads like a movie script: fast-paced, interlaced story-lines, weaving an array of historical personages into a vivid tapestry. Mr. Sears writes well and the book is difficult to put down...Sears’ history is composed of people, and the people he chooses to write about do great things. Nothing could be better.”

 

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