From POW to Blue Angel

From POW to Blue Angel

The Story of Commander Dusty Rhodes

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Univ of Oklahoma Pr
An intimate story of service and survival that will carve a place in naval aviation history, From POW to Blue Angel will inspire all who keep their eyes skyward.

As only the third fighter pilot to become leader of the Blue Angels, Raleigh E. Dusty” Rhodes helped develop the most famous aerobatics team ever formed.From POW to Blue Angel tells his storya fast-paced drama teeming with action and human interest and capturing the initiative and tenacity of a true American hero.

Jim Armstrong has drawn on extensive interviews and Dusty’s scrapbooks and flight logs to produce a rare account of the Blue Angels in the late 1940s. Readers will experience the stress of practice and the exhilaration of air shows as Armstrong takes them inside Dusty’s cockpit during the era when the Blues first found fame, perfecting their trademark formations and maneuvers.

This book is also a moving account of the degradation that Rhodes suffered for three years as a prisoner of war, and includes his rare, ground observer’s view of the firebombings of Tokyo and Yokohama. Armstrong poignantly captures Dusty’s return to a changed postwar America, and also recounts his tour as a fighter pilot in Korea.

From POW to Blue Angel is an intimate story of service and survival that will carve a place in naval aviation historyand inspire all who keep their eyes skyward.



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This partial biography of fighter pilot Dusty Rhodes (b. 1918), told in a narrative style, begins with his three years spent as a prisoner of war in Japan during World War II and tells how he became leader of the Blue Angels and later fought in the Korean War. Armstrong (English, Fullerton College) interviewed Rhodes and his colleagues, and also bases the story on newspaper and magazine clippings, letters, and telegrams. There is no index. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer

As only the third fighter pilot to become leader of the Blue Angels, Raleigh E. “Dusty” Rhodes helped develop the most famous aerobatics team ever formed. From POW to Blue Angel tells his story—a fast-paced drama teeming with action and human interest and capturing the initiative and tenacity of a true American hero.

Jim Armstrong has drawn on extensive interviews and Dusty’s scrapbooks and flight logs to produce a rare account of the Blue Angels in the late 1940s. Readers will experience the stress of practice and the exhilaration of air shows as Armstrong takes them inside Dusty’s cockpit during the era when the Blues first found fame, perfecting their trademark formations and maneuvers.

This book is also a moving account of the degradation that Rhodes suffered for three years as a prisoner of war, and includes his rare, ground observer’s view of the firebombings of Tokyo and Yokohama. Armstrong poignantly captures Dusty’s return to a changed postwar America, and also recounts his tour as a fighter pilot in Korea.

From POW to Blue Angel is an intimate story of service and survival that will carve a place in naval aviation history—and inspire all who keep their eyes skyward.



Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780806137643
0806137649
Branch Call Number: D805.J3 R54 2006
Characteristics: xx, 297 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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