Chennault, Claire Lee. Way of a Fighter. Tucson, Arizona: James Thorvardson & Sons, 1991. Limited edition. Signed by Max Chennault, Tex Hill, Erik Shilling, and Joe Rosbert. Original dust jacket.
Presented is Claire Lee Chennault’s memoir, Way of a Fighter. With a print run of only 1,300, this limited edition copy was released in 1991. The first edition was published in 1949, and this 1991 limited edition is highly collectible not only for the rarity but also the signatures. Three Flying Tiger Fighter Pilots have signed the half title page as well as Claire Lee Chennault’s son, Max. The book retains its original dust jacket and is now housed in a custom built archival slipcase.
Claire Chennault put together one of the most effective aviation units of all time. Otherwise known as the First American Volunteer Group (AVG) aiding China in its conflict against invading Japan, the Flying Tigers were given the nickname largely because of the large-toothed smile on the nose of their planes. The group was not only created secretly by an order of President Roosevelt, but was also responsible for destroying nearly 300 enemy airplanes. The group was highly active in the Pacific theater after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Today, Chennault, his men, and the shark-toothed planes are some of the most celebrated military symbols of the Second World War. Once America formally declared war, the AVG was replaced with the Army Air Forces and Chennault was put in command. In a war that largely depended on air power, Chennault’s leadership helped set the standard for an entirely new part of the military that would eventually become the U.S. Air Force. The Flying Tigers, including Joe Rosbert, Erik Shilling and David “Tex” Hill, overcame insurmountable odds to defend China against Japanese invasion.
Overall very good condition. Signatures and inscriptions are written in purple ink and clearly legible. Signed and inscribed by Max Chennault, Tex Hill, Joe Rosbert, and Erik Shilling on the half title page. The original dust jacket has some very minor wear, as expected. Internally, the pages are bright and clean. The book is housed in a custom archival slipcase featuring an inlaid depiction of a Flying Tiger plane.
Dimensions: 8 3/4"Hx6"Wx1 1/4"D(Book); 9"Hx6 1/4"Wx1 3/4"D(Case)
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