Is anyone else wondering why Crickets was invited to write the text for a Viper book? I'm sure he is a good dude, even for an Eagle driver, but I just don't understand why a Viper expert wasn't asked to contribute. Maybe Viper dudes were asked and they turned Mr Dibbs down and he had no where else to go. At least Gen Neubauer is a credible source.
This would be like asking Jeff Gordon to be an expert on Indy car racing. Why wouldn't you just ask Mario Andretti to do it? (And with deference to NASCAR, this example could be reversed)
This book may appeal to the masses, but it won't ever make it as a classic in my library...just lacks credibility as presented.
A little harsh, huh? I've read some really good recent books about combat during WWI - none of which were written by WWI Vets. I think 22 years of active duty and over 3200 flying hours including combat gives a person some perspective - no matter what platform they flew them in.