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Rosario "Zip" Rausa

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Captain Rosario "Zip" Rausa, USN (Ret.), is editor of Wings of Gold magazine and the author or coauthor of eight books on aviation-related subjects. A naval aviator for thirty years, he flew 150 combat missions in Vietnam. He has also served as editor of Naval Aviation News and wrote an aviation safety column for the magazine for many years. Rosario Rausa is the author of Skyraider: The Douglas A-1 Flying Dump Truck; Gold Wings, Blue Sea; The Blue Angels An Illustrated History; and, Tempting Fate.  He is also a co-author of Tennessee Patriot: The Naval Career of Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence, U.S. Navy; Ed Heinemann, Combat Aircraft Designer; The Man and His Art: R. G. Smith an Autobiography; and, Aircraft Design.


According to the book description of Tennessee Patriot: The Naval Career of Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence, U.S. Navy, “Bill Lawrence served his country for thirty-seven years in a remarkable naval career filled with triumphs and adversities. A naval aviator and test pilot who commanded a fighter squadron in the Vietnam War, he was shot down in combat and held by the North Vietnamese at the notorious Hanoi Hilton prison for six years. During his imprisonment he became a hero among heroes, demonstrating superior qualities of leadership, physical strength, and mental acumen, tap-coding messages to keep his sanity while withstanding solitary confinement and regular torture sessions.


Upon release from captivity, Lawrence learned that his wife and the mother of their children had divorced him and remarried. Although these events had a severe emotional impact on him, he resumed his distinguished naval career, rising swiftly through the ranks, remarrying, and being named to such prestigious positions as Commander of the Third Fleet, Superintendent of the Naval Academy, and Chief of Naval Personnel. In this autobiography, Lawrence credits much of his resolve and ability to overcome difficulties to his strong and nurturing parents, his youth in Nashville, Tennessee, his experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy (where he served as brigade commander and earned letters in three varsity sports), and to the love and support of his wife Diane. With the help of his friend and writer Zip Rausa, the admiral tells his story without glossing over the darker elements. This recounting of his path on an extraordinary journey through life is uniquely American and filled with lessons for us all.”


According to a reader of Skyraider: The Douglas A-1 Flying Dump Truck, “is the story of an basic American military aircraft from its conception in June 1944 by Douglas Aircraft designer Ed Heinemann, to its initial launch nine months later. It was continuously employed by the U.S. Navy and Air Force during Korea and Vietnam. This sturdy, stubby, prop-driven attack plane was a true aeronautical workhorse and called a "flying dump truck" because of its enormous capacity for ordnance to be delivered to the assigned target. Not only did the American armed forces rely on the A-1 but so did allied forces including the British, French, and Swedish. Navy Captain Rosario Rausa brings a special expertise to his aviation history of this remarkable plane from its beginnings down to its last mission (shooting down MiG jets over Vietnam). These stories of the A-1 and the men who piloted it into aviation history is very highly recommended reading for all students of aviation history and military buffs.

Tennessee Patriot: The Naval Career of Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence, U.s. Navy
William P. Lawrence  More Info

Skyraider: The Douglas A-1 Flying Dump Truck
Rosario Rausa  More Info
Ed Heinemann, Combat Aircraft Designer
Edward H. Heinemann  More Info
The Blue Angels An Illustrated History
Rausa Rosario  More Info
The Man and His Art: R. G. Smith an Autobiography (Schiffer Military History)
R. G. Smith  More Info
Gold Wings, Blue Sea
Rosario Rausa  More Info
Skyraider, the Douglas A-1 "Flying Dump Truck"
Rosario Rausa  More Info

According to the book description of The Man and His Art: R. G. Smith an Autobiography, “R.G. Smith began his career as an engineer for Douglas Aircraft Company in the 1930s, and played a key role in the design of many successful tactical airplanes and along the way developed world-class skills as an artist. In this autobiography, "R.G." describes his transition from helping design tactical aircraft to painting them in such compelling and dramatically beautiful fashion that he earned a worldwide reputation as one fo the most skilled and admired aviation artists of all time. This book features over 140 of his best paintings, drawings and sketches, and includes an excellent sampling of his non-aviation art depicting landscape, harbor and other scenes from the far west.”


According to a reader of Gold Wings, Blue Sea, “Great story on one man's journey through Naval Aviation from Pensacola to flying AD-1's in the fleet.”


According to the book description of Tempting Fate, “Bob Rahn began his extraordinary aviation career in aerial combat in World War II. After 22 years of experimental flight, often pushing test aircraft to their limits, he joined the space program and was involved in development of the Apollo command module. During his astounding career he cheated death repeatedly, and here recounts these white-knuckle adventures.”

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