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  • Aces of the 78th Fighter Groupby Thomas Cleaver; Chris Davey

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 15.95

    Eighth Air Force 78th FG flew P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt, and P-51 Mustang fighters in air combat against German Luftwaffe Me-109, Fw-190, and Me-262 aircraft. The 78th FG was originally established as the fourth of the P-38 fighter groups that were expected to perform fighter escort in the newly formed Eighth Air Force. Arriving in England... more...

  • B-24 Liberator vs Ki-43 Oscarby Edward Young; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    During the late 1930s an armament race developed between bombers and the fighters that were bent on stopping them. The development of multi-engined, multi-gun, all-metal bombers forced a corresponding increase in fighter armament which, in turn, led to further attempts to improve bomber armament to ensure its ability to survive in the face of hostile... more...

  • F9F Panther Units of the Korean Warby Warren Thompson; Mark Styling

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 15.95

    In 1948 the USAF, Marine Corps and US Navy were concentrating on converting over to an all-jet force. When the Korean War started in June 1950, the USAF had built up a sizable jet force in the Far East, while the US Navy was in the early stages of getting F9F Panthers operational as replacements for its piston-engined F8F Bearcats. At about this time,... more...

  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21by Alexander Mladenov; Adam Tooby

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 15.95

    The MiG-21, nicknamed 'Fishbed' by NATO, was the primary Soviet jet fighter from 1972 onward, opposing the F-15 Eagle and F-14 Tomcat worldwide in a variety of conflicts. The MiG-21 firmly holds the title of the world's most widely built and used jet fighter, with over 10,000 units rolling off the lines of three plants in the former Soviet Union.... more...

  • RAF Canberra Units of the Cold Warby Andrew Brookes; Chris Davey

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 15.95

    Throughout the Cold War, this 525mph bomber fulfilled the same role as the Mosquito fighter-bomber in World War II. From its first public demonstration at the Farnborough Air Show of 1949, the English Electric Canberra bomber captured the attention of the aviation world. It could outmaneuver all the fighters of the time and it could climb way above... more...

  • P-38 Lightning Aces of the 82nd Fighter Groupby Steve Blake; Chris Davey

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 17.95

    When the 82nd Fighter Group was organised in March 1942, most of its initial pilot cadre was comprised of newly graduated staff sergeant pilots of Class 42-C - enlisted men! They learned to fly the P-38 at Muroc, in California's Mojave Desert, and then moved to the Los Angeles area to continue their training and to serve as part of its air defence.... more...

  • US Naval Aviatorby Robert Hargis; John White

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 14.95

    The US naval aviator of World War II played a pivotal part in the winning of the war. From the warm waters of the Pacific to the icy conditions of the Bering Sea (including the battle of Midway), the Naval aviator was on hand to fight the enemy in any and all conditions. Between 1940 and 1942 the training of the naval aviator lasted eleven months,... more...

  • US Navy F-14 Tomcat Units of Operation Iraqi Freedomby Tony Holmes; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    Since the limited Desert Fox campaign against Iraq in December 1998, the Tomcat has been integral to virtually all combat operations involving the US Navy in the Arabian Gulf. Indeed, on every carrier deployment to the Persian Gulf since Desert Fox, the F-14 unit(s) on station has ventured into ?The Sand Box? over southern Iraq and prosecuted targets... more...

  • US Navy Hornet Units of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Part Two)by Tony Holmes; Chris Davey

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    The second installment examining the US Navy Hornet Units' participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-present). These units were the first Navy Reserve unit to be mobilized since the Korean War, and their attacks were launched from carriers off the coast of Turkey. The conflict for these squadrons was very different from the campaign fought in... more...

  • F-14 Tomcat Units of Operation Enduring Freedomby Tony Holmes; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    The legendary F-14 Tomcat was the weapon of choice to strike hard and fast against the enemies of the United States in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Determined to hit the al-Qaeda bases within Afghanistan, US plans were hampered by the reluctance of neighboring countries to allow US military aircraft to operate from their land bases. This... more...