Cormier, Zeke, Wally Schirra, Phil Wood, with Barrett Tillman. Wildcats to Tomcats: The Tailhook Navy. St. Paul: Phalanx Publishing Group, Inc., 1995. First Edition. Signed by Cormier and Schirra, signed and inscribed by Wood on the full title page. Illustrated throughout with 24 full pages of black and white photographs.
Presented is a first edition printing of Wildcats to Tomcats: The Tailhook Navy. Written by Richard Zeke Cormier, Wally Schirra, and Phil Wood with Barrett Tillman, the book was published by Phalanx Publishing Group, Inc. in 1995. This first edition, presented in its original dust jacket and hardcover boards, is also illustrated throughout with 24 pages of black and white photographs. The book is signed by Richard Zeke Cormier, Wally Schirra, and Phil Wood on the full title page, next to authors’ names. It is additionally inscribed by Phil Wood at top of title page : "To Don: Thanks for your support of naval aviation. Phil" in black ink.
Throughout five decades, including World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, Zeke Cormier, Wally Schirra, and Phil Wood have served naval aviation and their nation, in both active duty and in retirement. Their overlapping careers involved U-Boat bombing, aerial combat, the Blue Angels, experimental flight, weapons testing, space flight and sea command. This book describes their riveting experiences and tremendous contributions. Between the three, they have collectively flown over 14,000 hours, including 500 combat missions, and made over 1,800 career landings. Written with the help of Barrett Tillman, their adventures are related with candor, good humor, and bear a message, born of collective experience, for today’s naval leadership.
Good condition. Original glossy dust jacket with some minor scratches and light creasing at the spine. Original blue hardback boards with gilt embossed titles to spine. Signed by Richard Zeke Cormier, Wally Schirra, and Phil Wood on the title page next to authors’ names, in green, blue, and black felt-tipped ink pens, respectively. Also inscribed by Phil Wood at top of title page : "To Don: Thanks for your support of naval aviation. Phil" in black felt-tipped ink pen. Interior paper is healthy. Illustrated through with 24 pages of black and white photographs. 207 pp. Book Dimensions: 9 ¼” H x 6 ¼” W x ¾” D.
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