A Question of Loyalty by Douglas C. Waller

By Douglas C. Waller

A query of Loyalty plunges into the seven-week Washington trial of Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell, the hero of the U.S. military Air carrier in the course of global warfare I and the guy who proved in 1921 that planes may well sink a battleship. In 1925 Mitchell was once pissed off through the gradual velocity of aviation improvement, and he sparked a political firestorm, accusing the military and army excessive instructions -- and by means of inference the president -- of treason and legal negligence within the means they carried out nationwide security. He used to be wear trial for insubordination in a miraculous court-martial that grew to become a countrywide obsession in the course of the Roaring Twenties.

Uncovering a trove of recent letters, diaries, and private records, Douglas Waller captures the drama of the trial and builds a wealthy and revealing biography of Mitchell.

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They were the airlaunched Exocefs last victims. 39 Exocet had a tremendous public impact and gained instant notoriety. Because the m issile was launched at long range and the Super Etendard pilots were not exposed to defensive fire or air -to -air combat, the method of attack had a kind of cold terror about it. This was in contrast to the Argentine Air Force and other Naval air force attacks using Skyhawks and Mirages, armed with iron bombs, coming right into the action in Falkland Channel, or even using trainer aircraft such as the Aermacchi MB 339, which sank the frigate Ardent with unguided ground-attack rockets.

Wreathed in smoke, the Type 42 destroyer Sheffield seems relat ively unscathed after a hit by an Exocet m issile. whose warhead may well have failed to detonate. 39 Exocets and had pilots and technicians trained to fly them . In November 1981 Dassault had sent a nine - man team to Argentina to oversee the intro duction of the Super Etendards, along with Aerospatiale technicians to handle the Exocet end . In April 1982 they were still there - and no-one had told them to come home. While the French government was enforcing the EEC embargo and making Mirage fighters available for Harrier pilots to engage in air -toair combat exercises, the tech -nical team in Argentina apparently - The first Super Etendard for Argentina taxis out for a sortie .

Ncte the oddly shaped drop-tank on the centreline hardpoint. Below: Compared with the photograph to the left. this captures the 17th production Super Etendard just a moment later as its nose wheel hits the deck. Note the drooped leading edges and the raised spoilers on the upper surfaces of the wing . Right: All ready on the Super Etendard production line for the installation of the Atar SK-50 into aircraft no. 9. Other points of interest are the lowered arrester hook. the open inspection panels and.

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