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Aviation

  • My War in the Air 1916by Alan Bott

    Pen and Sword 2014; US$ 14.99

    Originally published under the title An Airman's Outing, this magnificent title chronicles the daily life of the Flying Officer during the Great War. Touchingly dedicated to 'The Fallen of Umpty Squadron R.F.C.', Bott chronicles the lives and losses of his squadron as they carried out their duties over France in 1916. A modest and unflinching... more...

  • Operation Thunderclap and the Black Marchby Richard Allison

    Casemate 2014; US$ 20.99

    In February 1945, the Allies launched Operation Thunderclap, a series of maximum efforts against cities in eastern Germany, partly to pave the way for the Red Army that would soon be overrunning that territory. These deep-penetration raids would tax the bomber crews immensely, as well as bring new devastation to cities yet untouched by U.S. airpower.Two... more...

  • Air Commando Oneby Warren A. Trest

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 27.95

    Air-dropping agents deep behind enemy lines in clandestine night missions during the Korean War, commanding secret flights into Tibet in 1960 to support the anticommunist guerilla uprising, participating in plans for the 1962 Bay of Pigs invasion?even before the escalation of the Vietnam War, Brigadier General Harry C. ?Heinie? Aderholt worked at the... 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...

  • The Unsubstantial Airby Samuel Hynes

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 26.99

    The Unsubstantial Air is the gripping story of the Americans who fought and died in the aerial battles of World War I. Much more than a traditional military history, it is an account of the excitement of becoming a pilot and flying in combat over the Western Front, told through the words and voices of the aviators themselves. A World War II pilot... more...

  • Captured Eagles: Secrets of the Luftwaffeby Frederick A. Johnsen

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 9.99

    In Captured Eagles , Frederick A. Johnsen lays bare the once secret history of the American effort to understand and counter the Luftwaffe before and during World War II, and afterward to seize and exploit German technological advances in everything from jet fighters and bombers to ballistic missiles. Even before World War II, U.S. Army Air Force... more...

  • F-105 Thunderchief MiG Killers of the Vietnam Warby Peter Davies; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 15.95

    USAF Rolling Thunder strike missions tactically assaulted North Vietnamese defenses, overcoming MiG fighter jets and SAM (surface to air) missiles to devastate North Vietnam's industrial base strategically. Despite its "F-for-fighter" designation, the F-105 was designed and purchased to give the USAF an aircraft for delivery of nuclear weapons at... more...

  • Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Torpedo-Bomber Unitsby Marco Mattioli; Richard Caruana

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 15.95

    Italy's Sparviero (Sparrowhawk) saw combat with the Regia Aeronautica in France, Yugoslavia, Greece, North Africa, East Africa and in the Mediterranean versus the Royal Navy. Italy's most successful wartime bomber, the S.79 was also the most produced, with around 1370 built between 1936 and early 1944. Initially developed by Savoia-Marchetti as a transport... more...

  • Cavalry of the Airby Norman S. Leach; John Melbourne

    Dundurn 2014; US$ 14.99

    Though storytelling, period and contemporary photos and the words of the flying aces themselves, this book brings the history of WWI air combat to life. more...

  • Harrier IIby Lon O. Nordeen

    Naval Institute Press 2014; US$ 21.95

    When the first Harrier strike fighter was introduced by the Royal Air Force in the late 1960s, it was hailed as a technological breakthrough with its speed, vertical, short takeoff and landing capability (V/STOL). Today, the Harrier II is one of the top weapons of choice for ground troops in Iraq and Afghanistan who need effective air support. This... more...