Turtle and the Dreamboat

The Cold War Flights That Forever Changed the Course of Global Aviation

Jim Leeke

This is the first detailed account of the historic race for long-distance flight records between the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy after World War II.
Publication date:
April 2022
Publisher :
Potomac Books, Inc.
Language:
English
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9781640124134

Dimensions : 225 X 152 mm
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£21.99

Overview
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• The 75th anniversary of the flights in The Turtle and The Dreamboat takes place shortly before the release of the book
• Fills a gap in literature about aviation history, military history and the history of the world-famous Army/Navy rivalry
• Despite extensive coverage in newspapers and popular aviation magazines in 1946, no book devoted to either The Turtle or The Dreamboat has ever been published

The Turtle and the Dreamboat is the first detailed account of the race for long-distance flight records between the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy less than fourteen months after World War II. The flights were risky and unprecedented. Each service intended to demonstrate its offensive capabilities during the new nuclear age, a time when America was realigning its military structure and preparing to create a new armed service - the United States Air Force.

The first week of October 1946 saw the conclusion of both record-breaking, nonstop flights by the military fliers. The first aircraft, a two-engine U.S. Navy P2V Neptune patrol plane nicknamed the Truculent Turtle, flew more than eleven thousand miles from Perth, Western Australia, to Columbus, Ohio. The Turtle carried four war-honed pilots and a young kangaroo as a passenger. The second plane, a four-engine U.S. Army B-29 Superfortress bomber dubbed the Pacusan Dreamboat, flew nearly ten thousand miles from Honolulu to Cairo via the Arctic. Although presented as a friendly rivalry, the two flights were anything but collegial. These military missions were meant to capture public opinion and establish aviation leadership within the coming Department of Defense.

Both audacious flights above oceans, deserts, mountains, and icecaps helped to shape the future of worldwide commercial aviation, greatly reducing the length and costs of international routes. Jim Leeke provides an account of the remarkable and record-breaking flights that forever changed aviation.