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  • World War II Glider Assault Tacticsby Gordon Rottman; Peter Dennis

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 14.95

    From Eben Emael to Crete, Sicily, Market Garden, the Rhine, and Burma, glider-borne paratroopers brought extra firepower to bear using techniques that helicopter troops adapted for modern air cavalry techniques. This book explains the development and organization of World War II glider troops, their mounts, and the air squadrons formed to tow them;... more...

  • Predatorby Richard Whittle

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 30.99

    The untold story of the birth of the Predator drone, a wonder weapon that transformed the American military, reshaped modern warfare, and sparked a revolution in aviation The creation of the first weapon in history whose operators can stalk and kill an enemy on the other side of the globe was far more than clever engineering. As Richard Whittle... more...

  • To Fill the Skies with Pilotsby Dominick A. Pisano

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 24.95

    Launched in 1939, the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) was one of the largest government-sponsored vocational education programs of its time. In To Fill the Skies with Pilots, Dominick A. Pisano explores the successes and failures of the program, from its conception as a hybrid civilian-military mandate in peacetime, through the war years, and... more...

  • From Auster to Apacheby Guy Warner

    Pen and Sword 2013; US$ 13.99

    This is the 70th Anniversary year of 656 Squadron, which first formed on 31st December 1942. Over the intervening years the Squadron has served with great distinction in India, Burma, Java, Malaya, Borneo, Hong Kong, the UK, the Falkland Islands, Bosnia, Kosovo and, most recently, in Afghanistan. This is 656’s story, told in full and for the first... more...

  • UFOs of the First World Warby Nigel Watson

    The History Press 2014;

    Lieutenant R S Maxwell took off in his BE2C fighter but saw nothing unusual until 8.25 when according to his report: 'My engine was missing irregularly and it was only by keeping the speed of the machine down to 50 mph that I was able to stay at 10,000 feet. I distinctly saw an artificial light to the north of me, and at about the same height. I followed... more...

  • Measuring Military Powerby Joshua M. Epstein

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 41.50

    Joshua M. Epstein argues that prevailing assumptions about the East- West balance of power rest on erroneous measures of military strength. He develops a method for analyzing military capabilities and applies that general procedure to the Soviet tactical air threat to NATO. Originally published in 1984. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest... more...

  • Hornetby Orr Kelly

    Open Road Media 2014; US$ 9.99

    The fascinating true story of the controversial development and deployment of the supersonic fighter jet that changed aerial warfare forever The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet was born in 1978, a state-of-the-art supersonic fighter and attack aircraft with a top speed of Mach 1.8, more than one thousand miles per hour. It was versatile, fast,... more...

  • AV-8B Harrier II Units of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Stormby Lon Nordeen; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    In the 1970s the USMC bought the AV-8A Harrier from the UK to test V/STOL concepts for close air support. A successful funding battle was subsequently fought in the 1980s to secure military, political and economic support to expand this concept to develop and field the second generation AV-8B Harrier II from the late 1980s onward. The AV-8B was, and... more...

  • Soviet MiG-15 Aces of the Korean Warby Leonid Krylov; Yuriy Tepsurkaev

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    The Soviet Union began assisting the People's Republic of China in its establishment of a modern air force in 1950, when Soviet Air Force regiments were sent to train local pilots. China's involvement in the Korean War in late October 1950 inevitably drew Soviet pilots into the war. A total of 52 Soviet pilots scored five or more victories in the Korean... more...

  • British Airships 1905-30by Ian Castle; Tony Bryan

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 13.95

    At a time when German U-Boats were ruthlessly attacking the maritime convoys engaged in bringing essential supplies to British shores, British airships played a vital role in neutralizing this danger and were crucial in enabling Britain to eventually emerge victorious. In 1907 the British Army built the military's first airship, and at the outbreak... more...