VGC.Precidio Press,1990.First edition.Blue hardback(silver lettering to the spine,two small scratches on the cover) in VGC, no Dj.Illustrated with b/w photos,drawings.Nice and clean pages with large crease on the last blank page of the book,small pencil mark impression on the edge of the first blank page of the book.The book is in VGC with light shelf wear.No Dj cover.348pp including list of illustrations,glossary.A collectable first edition. This is another paragraph From Library Journal: Admiral Gillcrist's 33-year career parallels the development of postwar naval aviation and its revolutionary use of jets aboard aircraft carriers. His memoirs are filled with flying stories (his own adventures and those of his shipmates) of hairsbreath escapes and occasional tragedies, all proving something we already knew; this is dangerous work. There is also history on postwar carrier developments in general, and on how naval aviation adapted to the challenge of the Vietnam War. While some subject background would aid the reader in understanding this capably and enthusiastically written history, it is still a remarkable window into the high-pressure world of the carrier pilot. For those closer to the field, the account rings with absolute authenticity.