Reviews and Previews: Prodigal Son

A troubled man, Gregory Boyington found redemption commanding a U.S. Marine fighter squadron in the South Pacific

At the Black Sheep Squadron's base on the South Pacific island of Espiritu Santo, Boyington (holding paper) briefs his pilots on an upcoming mission. (National Archives and Records Administration)
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A look at the great aircraft that the Air Defense Command flew during the cold war.


The Luftwaffe’s Blitz: The Inside Story, November 1940 – May 1941
by Chris Goss. Crecy Publishing, 2010. 264 pp., $36.95.

First-hand accounts from the Luftwaffe air crews who terrorized London with night raids during World War II.


Airlines of the Jet Age: A History
by R.E.G. Davies. Smithsonian Institution, 2011. 461 pp., $99.95.

Davies, a recently retired curator at the National Air and Space Museum, is an authority on commercial air transport. His latest book is a comprehensive reference work on jet airlines, from the early 1960s to the present.

Ed Regis is a frequent Air & Space/Smithsonian contributor.

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