Box Seat Over Hell: The True Story of America's Liaison Pilots and Their Light Planes in World War II is the story of courageous men and their romance with the sky... of men who flew in combat armed only with a pistol who attacked the enemy in aircraft made of tubing, wires and fabric. Hardy Cannon's artistry and imagination in restoration has made possible the creation of a flying museum that adds to the legacy of L-birds in South Texas and throughout the flying world.
Box Seat Over Hell was written by Alamo Liaison Group founder Hardy Cannon. The common denominator of the men in the Alamo Liaison Squadron is their love of heritage, plus their desire to preserve and hold history close.
Audience: The flying community of WWII pilots, general aviation pilots, historical flying organizations such as the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), aviation historians, our military, and of course Liaison Pilots from all wars. Well over one hundred thousand!
The first liaison group formed was the 25th Liaison Squadron, comprised of thirty-two airplanes, enough sergeants to fly them, fifteen officers, one hundred enlisted men to maintain the planes, and assorted necessary pieces of equipment. The only thing the 25th lacked was a description of its mission. They were not artillery spotters and they were not supposed to be aerial ambulances... they were simply "liaison," a catch-all word in the Army that can mean anything.
Grasshopper pilots not only handled some of the most difficult missions of the war, they also handled some of the most treacherous and hair raising. They flew in every theatre: from the desert when, in the super heated air, it was a real struggle to get airborne; in the arctic, where they fought to stay on course though williwaws and boreal storms, and where if they got lost they were almost guaranteed a frigid death. They flew over jungles with aircraft so overloaded they barely maintained altitude, with engines screaming, to clear the tree tops. These pilots were not the "glory boys" of the Air Corps. They were never given the recognition or the medals of the bomber pilots.... In the process, they succeeded in turning their flimsy crates into one of the most useful tools of the air war.
The Alamo Liaison Squadron would like to extend its sincere appreciation to Mrs. Sarah Cannon (widow of Hardy Cannon who passed away in 1993) for graciously granting ALS the rights to this great literary work honoring the men who flew these aircraft. Box Seat Over Hell is now republished with ISBN 978-0615178974.
Box Seat Over Hell is available for any donation of $18 or more (+$5 shipping, continental U.S. only) directly from the Alamo Liaison Squadron. For international shipping, please email us. Click the Buy Now button below to order the Box Seat Over Hell book online now.
Book © 2007 by Alamo Liaison Squadron. Registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. All Rights Reserved.
L-Bird: The Little Plane That Did on DVD. Emmy award winning director Brian Shipman chronicles the untold story of a single-engine taildragger and the role it played in the success of allied forces during World War 2.
It's hard for many people to believe such a small airplane could cause so much chaos, death and destruction. But it did. It's even harder to understand how such a remarkable story could go untold for half a century. At the start of WWII, many officers thought the little planes were a joke. But before the war was half over, field officers wouldn't go anywhere without them. Using L-birds as spotters, the U.S. Army was able to place it's artillery with pinpoint accuracy. Anything that moved under the watchful eye of an L-bird pilot was immediately blown away.
A remarkable landing device was developed so the planes could be used at sea on transport ships. With the Brodie System, planes could land, refuel and take off again without their wheels ever touching the ground. This documentary reveals the only film in existence of the Brodie System and the incredible story of the men who flew these cloth covered planes into battle. Click here to watch the trailer.
L-Bird DVD is available for $29.95 (+$5 shipping, continental U.S. only) directly from the Alamo Liaison Squadron. For international shipping, please email us. Click the Buy Now button below to order the L-Bird DVD online now.
DVD © 2010 Brian Shipman and Gary Ellison Productions. All Rights Reserved.
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