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328KF
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posted 05-03-2013 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received this email today:
Edwardsflighttest.com is thrilled to announce the soon-to-be-published autobiography of legendary Air Force and NASA test pilot Fitzhugh L. 'Fitz' Fulton, Jr., entitled "Father of the Mother Planes." This self-published venture has been over 20 years in the making.

In his own words, Fitz has covered his incredible aviation career that spans more than four decades. While in the service, Fitz flew in the Berlin Airlift and Korean War, tested the Air Force's newest bombers, launched every 'X-Plane' from the X-1 to the X-15 and flew the Mach 2 B-58 Hustler and triplesonic XB-70 Valkyrie.

After retiring from the Air Force, he flew for NASA piloting aircraft such as the YF-12 Blackbird and 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. After leaving NASA, he became a test pilot for Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites.

This 8-1/2x11 book is 270 pages and contains nearly 60 black-and-white photographs. We expect delivery by the end of May, and with a small print run of only 200 copies, this book is expected to sell-out quickly. Edwardsflightest.com is your exclusive source for purchasing this great piece of aerospace history. Fitz has kindly agreed to autograph 50 copies to be sold as special editions. Included with the special editions will be a DVD containing nearly 400 photos covering Fitz and his flying career. The DVD will NOT be sold separately.

Standard-edition books are priced at $29.95 while the signed, special editions with DVD will be sold for $75 (shipping not included). With only 50 special edition copies available, there is a strict limit of one-per-customer. We are now taking reservations for the book, but please do not send payment until you're notified the books have arrived. Don't miss this opportunity to own a unique source of aerospace history.

onesmallstep
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posted 05-03-2013 02:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news! With the new X-15 book just out in the Outward Odyssey series, this is a bumper year for X-planes and pilots.

Maybe a better title should have been 'Father of the Mother Planes, Uncle to the Astronauts'.

alanh_7
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posted 05-03-2013 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Am I missing something? The link on the Edwards Flight Test website does not work to register.

fredtrav
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posted 05-03-2013 06:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Send them an e-mail on the contact page.

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posted 05-03-2013 10:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for X-Plane Fan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The fifty signed, special editions have all been reserved, only the standard editions are now available. Thanks for the great response.

Jurg Bolli
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posted 05-04-2013 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is very exciting, great news.

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posted 05-13-2013 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for X-Plane Fan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just got word that the book is at the printer and is on track for delivery later this month. Requests for the book have been brisk with less than 10 copies of the standard edition still available.

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posted 05-13-2013 09:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any chance of a 2nd printing?

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posted 05-20-2013 03:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for X-Plane Fan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The books have arrived and are shipping out fast. Only 4 standard editions left. To those that purchased them, I look forward to hearing what you think.

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posted 05-26-2013 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for X-Plane Fan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Fitz Fulton book is now sold out. A special thanks to everyone that purchased a copy. Looking forward to hearing what people think of the book.

heng44
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posted 05-27-2013 03:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A very informative book. Looks a lot like the excellent LLRV/LLTV history that was published a few years ago. I like the way it is divided into short chapters dealing with the individuals planes that Fulton flew. And there are a lot of those... It was a fascinating period in aviation history.

What always surprises me is how much details men such as Fulton remember about their lives, even about their youth. Especially when these lives are filled with so much highlights.

I must add that the picture CD included with the special version also contains a lot of gems.

Well done!

onesmallstep
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posted 05-29-2013 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A nice book with an excellent layout and photos. I was compelled to buy it after I saw Col. Fulton being interviewed on the Military Channel series Great Planes focusing on the XB-70. For anyone interested in flight test and aviation history, the book is highly recommended.

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posted 06-15-2013 07:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I, too, was able to obtain one of these magnificent books about Fitz Fulton, thanks to collectSPACE. I haven't had time to read it yet, but am looking forward to this great read about a great pilot!!

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posted 06-18-2013 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for X-Plane Fan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Due to popular demand, Col. Fulton had another 100 copies printed and a limited number are now available. These are the standard edition only, the signed editions are sold out. Thanks again for the great response,

MCroft04
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posted 06-18-2013 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad I got a signed book and the dvd. Fitz Fulton is/was a great natural pilot. Great book Fitz!!!

Jurg Bolli
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posted 06-19-2013 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Same here, I am looking forward to reading the book and exploring the DVD.

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posted 06-19-2013 11:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fellow mothership pilot Joe Cotton calls Fitz "the modern day Charles Lindbergh". I don't believe anyone who flew with or around Fitz would disagree.

Already a National Aviation Hall of Famer this man is the penultimate test pilot.

I'm about halfway through. The combo of Fitz and Mike Machat is phenomenal.

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