RECOMMENDED READING


ABOUT CRUSADERS; NON-FICTION, BY CRUSADER GUYS

THE CONTRAIL CHRONICLES
Nelson, Dick
An autobiography, from Swedish immigrant grandparents to combat in the Crusader.
Outskiirts Press
ISBN
978-1-4327-5504-1
Publishers note:
More than an autobiography, The Contrail Chronicles is a guidebook to a rarely seen world of military honor and its larger-than-life personalities—and pranks. Nelson leads readers through the origin of his own character, tempered with an endearingly sarcastic and rebellious sense of humor that will stick with you long after the book is closed.
Available from Amazon and other booksellers:
http://www.amazon.com/Contrail-Chronicles

SILVER STEP 210
Brady, Jim Geiling

The experiences of the men who rose to the challenge of flying the mighty F8 Crusader!
Eloquent Publishing
ISBN 978-1-60860-429-6
copyright: Greenfields Publishing LLC 904-716-2562
http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/SilverStep210.html

SUPERSONIC COWBOYS
Knott, Ron
Experiences of Crusader pilots, in their own words; compiled by Ron in his imitiable style.
More info & ordering info at http://www.ronknott.net

CRUSADER! LAST OF THE GUNFIGHTERS?
Gillcrist, Paul T. --- Pub.: Schiffer

FEET WET - Reflections of a Carrier Pilot
Gillcrist, Paul T. --- Pub.: Schiffer
PWO Note: Gillcrist states that in all his years of flying umpteen different types of aircraft, [not an exact quote] the most difficult task was to land Crusaders on 27-Charlies at night.

Sea Legs
Gillcrist, Paul T. --- Pub.:
iUniverse.com

VOUGHT F-8 CRUSADER
Mersky, Peter --- Pub.: Motorbooks

F-8 Crusader Fighter Units of the Vietnam War
and
RF-8 Crusader Units of the Vietnam War (includes the Cuban Missile Crisis)
Mersky, Peter B. Date Published: September 1998 Osprey

ON YANKEE STATION (New printing, should be available again)
Nichols, John B. /Tillman, Barrett --- Pub.: Naval Institute Press

ABOUT CRUSADERS; NON-FICTION

NAVAL FIGHTERS NUMBER's 16, 17, 18, 19 - VOUGHT'S F-8 CRUSADER
16: Dev., Testing, Foreign Users, F-8U-3
17: USN/USMC RF-8 Photo Squadrons
18: USMC Fighter Squadrons
19: USN Fighter Squadrons
Ginter, Steve --- Pub.: Ginter

OVER THE BEACH - The Air War in Vietnam
Grant, Zalin. --- Pub.: Simon & Schuster Pocket Books ISBN 0-671-69650-5
Grant follows the F-8 pilots of VF-162 through a combat cruise in Oriskany. An excellent "inside look" at the men and the mission.

F-8 CRUSADER in detail & scale
Kinzey, Bert --- Pub.: TAB; also Airlife

MiG MASTER
Tillman, Barrett --- Pub.: Naval Institute Press Note: Out of print; Crusader Assoc. owns several copies which will be offered at a special price to attendees of next Reunion.

Non-members may find copies online by searching www.bookfinder.com or www.abebooks.com or www.amazon.com [info courtesy Greg Tyrell of Australia).

MiG KILLERS OF YANKEE STATION
O'Connor, Michael -- Pub.: New Past Press
Not available in stores; order from New Past Press --Click here for their website, go to "Special Subjects"

CLASHES - Air Combat over North Vietnam 1965-1972
Michel, Marshall L. [USAF F-4 driver] --- Pub.: Naval Institute Press
Some quotes: [the F-8 was] "An uncompromising air superiority fighter"...... "The major difference in terms of air to air training was the Navy F-8 pilots"....."F-8 pilots were extremely well trained in maneuvering air combat-'dogfighting'-and were proud (some might say arrogant) of their skill"...."
PWO note: An almost clinical dissection of aerial encounters, tactics (or lack thereof) & decision making (or lack thereof) of that conflict. Lays to rest any notion that Pirate's "On Yankee Station" was chest beating by one of those arrogant Crusader pilots.

"GATOR!" Marko Dirkx on-line book. An ongoing work, with lots of excellent information.

"Le Crusader français en action"  by Jean-Marie Gall.  French Crusaders, by a French Crusader pilot (in French, of course!)

368 pages, about 1100 photos and drawings (400 more than the first edition) and a special chapter on the Last Flight of the Crusader at FNAS Landivisiau.
The price is 60 Euros + postage (20 % for USA). 
15 rue des Violettes, 29260 Le Folgoët - France
Tel : (0)2-98-21-08-16
E-mail : jm.lela.presse@wanadoo.fr

 


NON-FICTION, NOT ABOUT CRUSADERS BUT BY CRUSADER GUYS

[webmasters note:  If the name "James Stockdale" doesn't ring a bell with you, do some research.  You will be glad you did.]
IN LOVE AND WAR
James Stockdale   ISBN: 0817981527  Pub: The Hoover Institution, Stanford University

THOUGHTS OF A PHILOSOPHICAL FIGHTER PILOT
 James Stockdale SBN:0817993924 Pub: The Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Media Coverage and Political Terrorists: A Quantitative Analysis 
Richard W. Schaffert (Praeger, NY and London: 1992) ISBN: 0-275-94243-0


Other publications by Peter Mersky:

    Israeli Fighter Aces (Specialty Press, 1997)
    U.S. Marine Corps Aviation, 1912-Present (Nautical & Aviation, 3rd edition 1997)
    The Grim Reapers: VF-10 in World War II (Champlin Press, 1986)

    out of print, but readily available on the web: The Naval Air War in Vietnam (Nautical & Aviation, 1981, 1983)

    Forthcoming: From the Flight Deck, an anthology of writing on the development and operation of aircraft carriers. 
    1910-2000 (Brassey's 2002)

    Several monographs for the Marine Corps Historical Center: VMFA-321, Time of the Aces (USMC aces in the 
    Solomons), and forthcoming, From Pinwheels to Panthers: Marine Corps Aviation in Korea.

FLY THE WILD AND STAY ALIVE (A treatise on bush flying)
Terry, Hal --- Pub.: Terry Aviation Enterprises
Click here to inquire about ordering. Visit Hal's website at www.terryaviation.com

GOD'S GUARANTEES FOR GIVING (giving and guaranteed blessings)
TESTIMONIES FOR THE SOUL (short stories of mighty miracles in a format like "Chicken Soup for the Soul for the Soul." We all will need a miracle sometimes.)
Knott, Ron ronknott1@msn.com  More at Ron's website, www.godsguarantees.com.

 


FICTION ABOUT CRUSADERS & CRUSADER GUYS,  BY A CRUSADER GUY [what could be better??]

FIGHT TO FLY
Houson, Jerry -- Pub.:  Publish America ISBN: 1-4137-8851-3  Available thru Amazon.com  and  Barnes & Noble


FICTION, NOT NECESSARILY ABOUT CRUSADERS BUT BY CRUSADER GUYS

COBRA
Gillcrist, Paul T. --- Pub.:
1stbooks.com

WARRIORS
Tillman, Barrett --- Pub.: Bantam

THE CUSTODY OF SHA-ASH'GAZ
Watts, Gary -- Pub.: 1st Books Library ISBN: 0-75960-415-0

Loyalty, Betrayal, and Other Contact Sports (The Trilogy: Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie) 
Richard W. Schaffert (Erzse Productions, Seattle: 1999, 2002, 2003) ISBNS: 0-9673933-4-5, 0-9673933-5-3 

AMERICAN SAMURAI
Steve Hendry -- Pub.:  Wild Child Publishing

NOT FICTION, NOT F-8's, NOT EVEN BOOKS -- BUT GREAT HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

THE MIOTTEL COLLECTIONS
John "Crash" Miottel comes by his passion for seafaring disasters honestly --  Crash made the first barricade engagement with an F-8.  Never routine, this barricade engagement was especially harrowing....but that's another story.  He further distinguished himself by having to do it again within a matter of months [neither event precipitated by his actions].  So when he had the opportunity to acquire some memorabilia from the ill-fated S.S. NORMANDIE, he just couldn't help himself.  Crash now has the world's largest collection of NORMANDIE items, and he is also expanding into other areas.  Check out the MIOTTEL COLLECTION!!

 Visit his website http://www.miottelcollection.com/   ; also visit    http://members.ebay.com/aboutme/crash/


 

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