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Aviation historian Nick Veronico has been investigating and writing about aircraft wrecks for many years. His website, www.wreckchasers.com, is the go-to source for enthusiasts who want to know more about how to locate vintage airplane wrecks and then tell their stories. In this engaging new book, Veronico explores the romantic era of World War II Warbirds and the stories of some of its most famous wrecks, including the Dotty Mae (a P-47 submerged for over 60 years in the Traunsee in Austria and excavated and recovered with great care), the Swamp Ghost (a B-17e which crashed in New Guinea in the latter days of World War II and which was only recently discovered), and Glacier Girl (a P-38, part of "The Lost Squadron," which crashed in a large ice sheet in Greenland in 1942). Throughout, Veronico provides a history of the aircraft, as well as the unique story behind each discovery and recovery with ample illustrations. Hidden Warbirds is aviation history at its best.
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Author Nicholas A. Veronico (San Carlos, CA) comes from a family of pilots-both his mother and father held private tickets, and his brother is a commercial pilot who flies for a major airline. Veronico got his start in aviation journalism in 1984. He has written more than 25 books on aviation, military, and local history subjects, and was the lead author of Wreckchasing 101: A Guide to Finding Aircraft Crashes and Crashes Sites. In 1995, he started the website Wreckchasing.com, which has become the central meeting place for the wreckchasing community. Veronico has explored more than 100 aircraft crash sites throughout the United States. This is his ninth book for Zenith Press.

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"Veronico combines one part history and one part adventure to come up with an engaging and informative tribute to the people and organizations that have saved rare hidden warbirds for the future. Nick Veronico has pulled together a fascinating mixture of stories and photographs that trace the saving of many historic warbirds. He has unearthed a treasure-trove of historic photos and combined them with an engaging story to guide the reader through the fascinating efforts to save some of the hidden warbirds." - "Dennis R. Jenkins, Author and Historian" "Veronico combines one part history and one part adventure to come up with an engaging and informative tribute to the people and organizations that have saved rare hidden warbirds for the future. Nick Veronico has pulled together a fascinating mixture of stories and photographs that trace the saving of many historic warbirds. He has unearthed a treasure-trove of historic photos and combined them with an engaging story to guide the reader through the fascinating efforts to save some of the hidden warbirds." - Dennis R. Jenkins, Author and Historian Hidden Warbirds provides richly detailed accounts of warbird recovery and restoration, crossing through the decades with amazing stories of finding and recovering forgotten warplanes from around the world. Everything from P-61 Black Widows to Japanese fighters to B-17s to Navy Helldivers, this book gets behind the scenes in text and rare photos to document how these airplane were found and recovered, and tempts with stories about those still out there waiting to be discovered. Highly recommended for anyone interested in warbirds, warbird history, or adventure stories in general. - Scott Thompson, Author ofFinal Cut: The Post-War B-17 Flying Fortress and Survivors ..". we look forward to a second volume equally as fascinating as this one. Make sure you grab a copy of this book. It is full of the "WOW" factor!" - Classic Wings (UK) "Fans of World War II aircraft will love this unique book!" - Military Officer "In many ways, Hidden Warbirds is a treasure hunt for adults; a delightful way to enjoy the magic of finding and recovering increasingly rare pieces of aviation history. Not everyone has the money or expertise to actively participate in such adventures, but Veronico has done an excellent job of placing readers right on the ground with those who do recover these planes and with many of them in such remote locations, the tales are quite epic." - AlaskaDispatch.com "This is a comprehensive reference work that begins with an insightful history of how interest in war surplus aircraft evolved into today's warbird movement. Hidden Warbirds is a beautiful book, published on high-quality paper with plenty of color." - Aviation History "This work details the art and science of World War II-era aircraft recovery and restoration. Zenith has produced a handsome, full-color book printed on archival quality stock, sturdily bond in cloth that easily lays flat when open, and obviously is intended to serve as a handbook of repeated reference." - Air Power History "Warbirds is lavishly illustrated with color photos ?" many before and after ?" which I found hypnotic. That some of these hulks and wrecks could be reassembled and brought back to life and flown again even after the passage of more than 60 years is simply incredible." - The Baltimore Sun "This is a comprehensive reference work that begins with an insightful history of how interest in war surplus aircraft evolved into today's warbird movement. Hidden Warbirds is a beautiful book, published on high-quality paper with plenty of color." -" Aviation History" "Read this book if you are interested in learning about the culture of people and organizations which search and find historic aircraft wrecks of the Second World War. Better, read this book if you want to learn the back stories of the recovery of many of these warbird wrecks from WW II to flying status as well as becoming exhibits in museums. Best, read this book for the stories of the service personnel who died within or survived the crashes that wrecked these aircraft a often, incredible stories of survival after becoming stranded in the remotest of territories are part of each war wreck's tale. Veronico also does what the best non-fiction authors do a he provides context as well as perspective. He tells us how warbird restoration began and evolved with the times including the influence of internet resources. He also describes how restoration, at first basic, became a craft of the highest order with incredible attention to detail and authenticity. This story is told by a person who has been there and can relate his knowledge in a gifted way. Nicholas Veronico finishes with an epilogue that will make most of this book's readers jump up and look for the many more remaining "Hidden Warbirds."" - "Travel for Aircraft Blog, Seattle Post-Intelligencer"" ..". we look forward to a second volume equally as fascinating as this one. Make sure you grab a copy of this book. It is full of the "WOW" factor!" - "Classic Wings (UK)" "This work details the art and science of World War II-era aircraft recovery and restoration. Zenith has produced a handsome, full-color book printed on archival quality stock, sturdily bond in cloth that easily lays flat when open, and obviously is intended to serve as a handbook of repeated reference." - "Air Power History" "In many ways, Hidden Warbirds is a treasure hunt for adults; a delightful way to enjoy the magic of finding and recovering increasingly rare pieces of aviation history. Not everyone has the money or expertise to actively participate in such adventures, but Veronico has done an excellent job of placing readers right on the ground with those who do recover these planes and with many of them in such remote locations, the tales are quite epic." - "AlaskaDispatch.com" "Veronico combines one part history and one part adventure to come up with an engaging and informative tribute to the people and organizations that have saved rare hidden warbirds for the future. Nick Veronico has pulled together a fascinating mixture of stories and photographs that trace the saving of many historic warbirds. He has unearthed a treasure-trove of historic photos and combined them with an engaging story to guide the reader through the fascinating efforts to save some of the hidden warbirds." - "Dennis R. Jenkins, Author and Historian" Hidden Warbirds provides richly detailed accounts of warbird recovery and restoration, crossing through the decades with amazing stories of finding and recovering forgotten warplanes from around the world. Everything from P-61 Black Widows to Japanese fighters to B-17s to Navy Helldivers, this book gets behind the scenes in text and rare photos to document how these airplane were found and recovered, and tempts with stories about those still out there waiting to be discovered. Highly recommended for anyone interested in warbirds, warbird history, or adventure stories in general. - "Scott Thompson, Author ofFinal Cut: The Post-War B-17 Flying Fortress and Survivors" ""Warbirds" is lavishly illustrated with color photos a many before and after a which I found hypnotic. That some of these hulks and wrecks could be reassembled and brought back to life and flown again even after the passage of more than 60 years is simply incredible." - "The Baltimore Sun"" "Fans of World War II aircraft will love this unique book!" - "Military Officer" "I wholeheartedly recommend this book to you. I sincerely hope that this book is but the first in the series and if so, I will be the first one in line to purchase volume two." - "WarbirdsResourceGroup.org" "The tales of aircraft rescue and rehabilitation told in Hidden Warbirds: The Epic Stories of Finding, Recovering, and Rebuilding WWII's Lost Aircraft demonstrate that many of the World War II aicraft we see today in aviation museums around the world exist solely due to the efforts of an array of eccentric collectors and aviation enthusiasts. Hidden Warbirds is in many ways a thank you to those salvagers and restorers who are still hunting the jungles, oceans, and deserts in search of World War II aircraft." - "DefenseMediaNetwork.com " .".. we look forward to a second volume equally as fascinating as this one. Make sure you grab a copy of this book. It is full of the "WOW" factor!" - "Classic Wings (UK)" "I wholeheartedly recommend this book to you. I sincerely hope that this book is but the first in the series and if so, I will be the first one in line to purchase volume two." - "WarbirdsResourceGroup.org" "Read this book if you are interested in learning about the culture of people and organizations which search and find historic aircraft wrecks of the Second World War. Better, read this book if you want to learn the back stories of the recovery of many of these warbird wrecks from WW II to flying status as well as becoming exhibits in museums. Best, read this book for the stories of the service personnel who died within or survived the crashes that wrecked these aircraft -- often, incredible stories of survival after becoming stranded in the remotest of territories are part of each war wreck's tale. Veronico also does what the best non-fiction authors do -- he provides context as well as perspective. He tells us how warbird restoration began and evolved with the times including the influence of internet resources. He also describes how restoration, at first basic, became a craft of the highest order with incredible attention to detail and authenticity. This story is told by a person who has been there and can relate his knowledge in a gifted way. Nicholas Veronico finishes with an epilogue that will make most of this book's readers jump up and look for the many more remaining "Hidden Warbirds"." - Travel for Aircraft Blog, "Seattle Post-Intelligencer" ""Warbirds" is lavishly illustrated with color photos -- many before and after -- which I found hypnotic. That some of these hulks and wrecks could be reassembled and brought back to life and flown again even after the passage of more than 60 years is simply incredible." - "The Baltimore Sun" Hidden Warbirds provides richly detailed accounts of warbird recovery and restoration, crossing through the decades with amazing stories of finding and recovering forgotten warplanes from around the world. Everything from P-61 Black Widows to Japanese fighters to B-17s to Navy Helldivers, this book gets behind the scenes in text and rare photos to document how these airplane were found and recovered, and tempts with stories about those still out there waiting to be discovered. Highly recommended for anyone interested in warbirds, warbird history, or adventure stories in general. - Scott Thompson, Author of"Final Cut: The Post-War B-17 Flying Fortress and Survivors"

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