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Walter J. BoyneCol. Walter J. Boyne, USAF (Ret) (born 1929) is the former director of the National Air & Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Boyne's books have made both the fiction and the nonfiction bestseller lists of the New York Times.

In May 1951, after two years at the university, Boyne entered the Aviation Cadet program and started flight school. On December 19, 1952 he was awarded his wings as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

In 1957, he returned to college and graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in business administration. Boyne continued his education and earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh, also with honors.

Boyne began his writing career in 1962 while still in the Air Force. Tired of the repetitive aviation articles of the time, he chose to write about lesser-known people and airplanes starting with an article on the Curtiss P-36. Boyne's article was accepted by the Royal Air Force Flying Review, a British magazine. He went on to write for virtually every U.S. aviation magazine, becoming a contributing editor to many of them.

Boyne served during the Vietnam War as commander of the 635th Services Squadron at U-Tapao Royal Thai Air Base where he flew 120 combat hours as a C-47 instructor pilot. Colonel Boyne retired from the Air Force on June 1, 1974 with more than 5,000 hours in various aircraft. After retiring from the Air Force, Boyne joined the National Air and Space Museum as curator of air transport. Boyne was named acting director of the museum in 1982, and director on February 10, 1983.

His first novel, The Wild Blue, (with Steven Thompson) was published in 1986 and became a best seller on the New York Times' fiction list. He resigned as director of the museum in 1986 to concentrate on his writing career.

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Hypersonic Thunder | Boyne, Walter J. | Signed First Edition Book Boyne, Walter J. | Hypersonic Thunder | Signed First Edition Copy

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Rising Tide | Boyne, Walter J. | Signed First Edition Book Boyne, Walter J. | Rising Tide | Signed First Edition Copy

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Roaring Thunder | Boyne, Walter J. | Signed First Edition Book Boyne, Walter J. | Roaring Thunder | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2006 NY: Tom Doherty Associates  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Walter J. Boyne Bibliography


Fiction

  • The Wild Blue: The Novel of the U.S. Air Force - 1986
  • Trophy for Eagles - 1989
  • Eagles at War - 1991
  • Air Force Eagles - 1992
  • Eagles at War - 1993
  • Dawn Over Kitty Hawk: The Novel of the Wright Brothers - 2003
  • Roaring Thunder: A Novel of the Jet Age - 2006
  • Supersonic Thunder: A Novel of the Jet Age - 2006
  • Hypersonic Thunder: A Novel of the Jet Age - 2009

Non-Fiction

  • The Jet Age: Forty Years of Jet Aviation - 1979
  • Messerschmitt Me 262: Arrow to the Future - 1980
  • Flying, an introduction to flight, airplanes, and aviation careers - 1980
  • Boeing B-52: A Documentary History - 1981
  • The Aircraft Treasures of Silver Hill - 1982
  • Vertical Flight: The Age of the Helicopter - 1983
  • De Havilland DH-4: From Flaming Coffin to Living Legend - 1984
  • Phantom in Combat - 1985
  • The Leading Edge - 1986
  • Classics: U.S. Aircraft of World War II - 1987
  • The Smithsonian Illustrated History of Flight - 1987
  • The Smithsonian Book of Flight for Young People - 1988
  • The Power Behind The Wheel - 1988
  • Flight - 1990
  • Weapons of Desert Storm - 1991
  • Gulf War - 1991
  • Classic Aircraft - 1992
  • Art in Flight: The Sculpture of John Safer - 1992
  • Silver Wings - 1993
  • Clash of Wings: World War II in the Air - 1994
  • Clash of Titans: World War II at Sea - 1995
  • Fly Past, Fly Present - 1995
  • Beyond the Wild Blue, A History of the USAF, 19471997 - 1997
  • Beyond the Horizons:The Story of Lockheed - 1998
  • Brassey's Air Combat Reader (editor) - 1999
  • Aces in Command: Fighter Pilots as Combat Leaders - 2001
  • German Military Aircraft - 2001
  • The Best of Wings - 2001
  • Aviation 100, Volume I - 2001
  • Classic Aircraft, 2001 - 2001
  • Aviation 100, Volume II - 2002
  • The Two O'Clock War - 2002
  • Aviation 100, Volume III - 2003
  • Encyclopedia of Air Warfare - 2003
  • The Influence of Air Power on History - 2003
  • Chronicle of Flight: A Year-By-Year History of Aviation - 2003
  • Rising Tide - 2003
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom, What Went Right, What Went Wrong and Why - 2003
  • The Alpha Bravo Delta Guide to the U.S. Air Force - 2003
  • The Alpha Bravo Delta Guide to the U.S. Navy - 2003
  • The Alpha Bravo Delta Guide to the U.S. Army - 2003
  • The Alpha Bravo Delta Guide to the U.S. Marines - 2003
  • The Yom Kippur War: And the Airlift Strike That Saved Israel - 2003
  • Today's Best Military Writing - 2004
  • Soaring to Glory: the Story of the Air Force Memorial - 2007
  • How the Helicopter Changed Modern Warfare - 2011

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