Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Company, 2007. Special Printing. Signed and inscribed "Best Wishes, Bob Gruenhagen" on the title page. Copy 504 of 700. This printing is dedicated to the sixtieth anniversary of the United States Air Force and the Gatherings of Mustangs and Legends at the Rickenbacker International Airport Columbus, Ohio September, 2007. Quarto; VG/no-DJ as issued; White spine with red and black lettering; Glossy pictorial boards are clean, front inside endpaper is partially glued to half title page (manufacturing defect), corners sharp, minor bump to top of spine, endpapers clean; Textblock unmarked. pp 252. From Introduction: "To me, one of the most remarkable aspects of Mustang: The Story of the P-51 Fighter, is the fact that Bob Gruenhagen was able to acquire such vast engineering detail about the entire series of aircraft. It was a long 18 years between the production of the last P-51H and his start at writing this remarkable book. North American Aviation never had an historian, as such, and in the many years between 1945 and 1963, the P-51 archives became badly depleted. Bob's persistence in tracking down and interviewing "those who were there" was certainly a feat of record proportions. As the Senior Engineering Test Pilot, l was "one who was there" ---from the lone NA-73X to the last block model of the P-51H---and can attest to the accuracy and authenticity of his data. The Mustang was an exciting aircraft and, after 35 years, it is still exciting. Bob Gruenhagen has been able to infuse the Mustang story with that same excitement. "We who were there" salute him. For those who were not there, this most interesting document is undoubtedly the last good chance to share in the development of these fabulous machines." [Oversized book. Additional postage necessary for expedited/international orders. Economy International shipping unavailable due to weight restrictions. For international/expedited customers, please inquire for rates]. Full-priced Rockville. (Inventory #: 14-430-1263846)
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