By Hugo N. Gerstl
Americans Al Schwimmer, Hank Greenspun, and Charlie Winters boldly defy the Neutrality Act and danger convictions via deciding to buy twenty-three former Nazi Messerschmitt Bf-109s in Czechoslovakia, portray out the swastikas at the tails with Jewish stars of David, and smuggling them to Israel; founding a “Panamanian” airline and flying seven huge airplane out of Panama “to do an aerial survey,” yet by no means returning; securing an enormous cache of ammunition from a sympathetic junk broker in Hawaii; smuggling guns to Mexico on a hijacked yacht, and eventually delivery them “to Nationalist China” – through Israel.
Stripped of so much in their rights as US electorate, Schwimmer is recruited to begin a small airplane upkeep plant in Israel, in an effort to develop into Israel airplane Industries, a billion-dollar-a-year operation; Greenspun purchases a defunct newspaper, which he becomes the Las Vegas solar and is without doubt one of the first to name witch-hunting Senator Joseph McCarthy to account; Winters returns to uploading and exporting fruit and diamonds among Israel and the United States.
After the 1967 Six-Day conflict, while France reneges on its dedication to promote Israel fifty complex fighter jets, the trio manages to “steal” plans from a pleasant engineer in Geneva. inside of six months Israel seems its personal homegrown Mach 2 fighter plane. And that’s simply the beginning.
International best-selling writer Hugo N. Gerstl has crafted a tantalizing, lucrative, magnificently readable travel de strength according to the genuine lifestyles tales of 3 of Israel’s such a lot unheralded heroes, cementing and adorning his recognition as a grasp storyteller.
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