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  • 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...

  • To Hanoi and Backby Wayne Thompson; Richard P. Hallion

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 29.95

    After nearly eighteen months of the largely unsuccessful bombing campaign called Operation Rolling Thunder, the US Air Force began to look for ways to overcome technological, geographical, and political challenges in North Vietnam and use limited air power more effectively. In 1972 the two Linebacker campaigns joined with other air operations to make... 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...

  • AV-8B Harrier II Units of Operation Enduring Freedomby Lon Nordeen

    Osprey Publishing 2014; 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...

  • 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...

  • Hell's Highwayby George Koskimaki

    Casemate Publishers 2013; US$ 14.99

    Hell?s Highway is a history, most of which has never before been written. It is adventure recorded by those who lived it and put into context by an author who was also there. It is human drama on an enormous scale, told through the personal stories of 612 contributors of written and oral accounts of the Screaming Eagles? part in the attempt to liberate... more...

  • Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighterby Paul Crickmore; Adam Tooby

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 15.95

    From its questionable debut over Panama, the shoot-down of a Nighthawk during Operation Allied Force over the former Yugoslavia, to the mind-boggling successes enjoyed by the type in the two Gulf Wars, this is the story of another 'Skunk Works' icon that took aircraft design and operational capabilities to previously unprecedented levels. Even from... more...