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Author Simmons, Thomas E., 1936-
Title The man called Brown Condor : the forgotten history of an African American fighter pilot / Thomas E. Simmons.
Published New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub., c2013.
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Description viii, 293 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), map ; 23 cm.
Note "A Herman Graf book."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [292]-293).
Contents Africa, 1954 -- Mississippi, 1910 -- Northbound -- Taste the wind -- Chicago, 1927 -- But will it fly? -- A twenty-dollar bet -- Hummingbird -- Tall tree, short cotton -- A world away -- Lonely voyage -- Marseilles -- Train from Djibouti -- Addis Ababa, 1935 -- Rocks in the clouds -- Audience with the Emperor -- Gathered at the river, 1935 -- Dogs and rabbits -- A lonely war -- Sportsmen and warriors -- Stranger to peace -- Reluctant hero -- Toward home -- Gulfport, 1936 -- Hard choices -- Once more to Africa.
Summary The forgotten true story of American war hero John Charles Robinson, a.k.a. The Brown Condor of Ethiopia, and the commander of the Imperial Ethiopian Air Corps during the brutal Italo-Ethiopian War of 1935. Simmons brings to life Robinson's success in becoming a pilot, his expertise in building and assembling his own working aircraft, his influence on the establishment of a school of aviation at Tuskegee Institute. More than a biography of a black pilot who became a US hero, this book provides insight on racial conditions in the first half of the twentieth century and illustrates the political intrigue within a League of Nations afraid to face the rise of Fascism.
Subject Robinson, John Charles, 1903-1954.
Air pilots -- United States.
Air pilots -- Ethiopia.
African American fighter pilots -- Biography.
ISBN 162087217X
9781620872178 : $24.95
OCLC number 783159506