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In 1978, outside the sleepy town of Tonopah, the U.S. Air Force built an airfield and placed Soviet MiG aircraft there. The squadron formed to operate the airfield was officially known as the 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron and provided air-to-air combat training to Air Force, Navy, and Marine aircrews with actual Soviet-built aircraft. Known as the Red Eagles, the unit operated in secrecy until 1988.
William Hill and Elizabeth Leiknes were just two of more than 20 Nevada authors in attendance at the Douglas County Public Library’s “An Evening with Local Authors” event in Minden on October 3. In a time when books and printed words seem to be increasingly fading from public interest, the event, and the authors and library employees who make it possible, are breaths of fresh air.
We received a diverse mix of titles for this year’s books feature, with topics that range from the history of Carson City to a Las Vegas resident’s memoir of Vietnam.
We received more than 40 titles for this year’s feature, with topics that range from Cave Rock controversies to the “golden age” of Las Vegas.
Any history of Nevada would be incomplete without mentioning the impact of mining on Nevada’s economic development and tourism industries, past and present. The release of Stan Paher’s Nevada Ghost Towns & Desert Atlas directs tourists and residents to the historical remnants of Nevada’s original industry: mining.
Are you having trouble figuring out what to buy some of those people on your holiday gift list? Let Nevada Magazine’s annual book-review package do the work for you. Visit the book’s listed Web site for ordering information.
This December, along with fellow Vietnam veterans Bob Topmiller and Steve Orr, Michael Archer plans to journey to Khe Sanh, a place where he made friends—and lost them—in one of the most controversial wars in American history. Archer, from Reno and author of A Patch of Ground: Khe Sanh Remembered, is one of many Nevada authors featured in our annual roundup of books.
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