Another book by flyer-writer Martin Caidin whose verbosity is exceeded (fortunately) by his enthusiasm and knowledge in this field. Turn him on and he covers the subject minutely. Here is a paean of praise to the Hercules 130--with udos to Lockheed who built the squat, square, rugged plane. According to the author, this huge turboprop transport which can go any place in the world on missions of national policy and needs has ""won more good will and friendship for the U.S. than any laborate program involving the distribution of tons of billions of dollars"". It not only flies in supplies and troops to aid earthquake victims, etc., but it is an important element in ""second Strike"" strategy and brush fire wars. This is not only the biography of a remarkable airplane but a lively discussion of related national defense policies. The rigid test flights prior to Air Force acceptance, and the ater harrowing missions (""some real hairy moments"") make exciting and informative reading.