US Naval Air Station Grosse Ile

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Arcadia Publishing, 2011 - 127 ページ
In 1927, the US Navy floated a small tin hanger down the Detroit

River, planting it on a grass airfield at the southern tip of Grosse Ile,

Michigan. This established one of the nation's largest and most important

bases for training young officers in the art of flight. Nestled among farms

and lavish estates, Naval Air Station Grosse Ile (NAS GI) was home to

thousands of Navy officers earning their wings before leaving to fight

in World War II . Here their story is told through photographs taken

by the airmen who flew and lived there, from its beginnings in 1927 to

its decommissioning more than 40 years later. This is the story of men

such as Pres. George H.W. Bush, who flew torpedo bombers from NAS

GI. And this is the story of the ZMC-2, the Navy's only all-metal blimp,

constructed at NAS GI. Finally, this is also the story of the current NAS

GI. Spared the fate of many decommissioned bases, today Cessnas, Pipers,

and Mooneys rest in the same hangars where Corsairs and Phantoms once

prowled. Private pilots take flight and land via NAS GI's unmistakable

triangle of runways, and students still earn their wings from the same

concrete runways where young airmen trained before heading off to fight

the Battles of Midway, Coral Sea, and Leyte Gulf.
 

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Acknowledgments O Introduction
7
The Early Years OObJlI kn1Ov 2 The ZMCZ 3 The War Years
37
The Postwar Years
85
Accidents 10
107
Grosse Ile Today
117
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著者について (2011)

Kenneth M. Keisel is an aviation historian who grew up in nearby Trenton, Michigan. He is pleased to present this book in collaboration with the staff of the Grosse Ile Historical Society.

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