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Aviation

  • Air Warfare in the Missile Ageby Lon O. Nordeen

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 24.95

    Lon O. Nordeen has completely updated his 1985 chronicle of military aviation?s evolving role in warfare, now covering the major conflicts of the past four decades. He presents the historical and political background of each conflict and includes in-depth discussions of the aircraft, weapons, tactics, training, new systems, and other factors that influenced... more...

  • Mustang Designerby Ray Wagner

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 19.95

    Mustang Designer tells the story of American wartime fighter development, including engines and armaments, as part of a nationwide program of aircraft builders and fliers, focusing on Edgar Schmued, the designer of the Mustang. The P-51 Mustang is widely regarded as the best propeller-driven fighter that ever flew. What many might not realize is... more...

  • Coastal Command's Air War Against the German U-Boatsby Norman Franks

    Pen and Sword 2014; US$ 14.99

    This book summarises the story of how RAF Coastal Command overcame the German U-boat danger during the Second World War and how the escalation of the U-boat war promoted the development of anti-submarine warfare, leading to victory over this menace in the Atlantic. At the start of the war, RAF Coastal Command had virtually no real chance of either... more...

  • Last of the Lancastersby Martin W. Bowman

    Pen and Sword 2014; US$ 23.99

    The Lancasters looked like enormous deadly black birds going off into the night; somehow they looked different when they came back. The planes carried from this field 117,000 pounds of high explosives and the crews flew all night to drop the load as ordered. Now the trains would not run between France and Italy for a while, not on those bombed tracks... more...

  • Over Empires and Oceansby Robert Bluffield

    Tattered Flag 2014; US$ 11.99

    This a story of pioneers, intrepid aviators, adventurers, tycoons and innovators. It is also a story of dedication and determination, for despite fixed-wing aircraft proving their value over the battlefields of the Western Front during the First World War, convincing governments and public alike that they had a role in peacetime proved far more challenging.... more...

  • Vought F4U Corsairby James D'Angina; Adam Tooby

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 14.95

    This is a definitive technical guide to the Vought F4U Corsair. With over 12,500 produced, the Vought F4U Corsair is one of the icons of mid-20th century military aviation. With a USN kill rate of 11:1 during World War II, demand exceeded Vought's manufacturing capabilities, and it holds the record for longest production run of an US piston-engined... more...

  • F-104 Starfighter Units in Combatby Peter Davies; Rolando Ugolini

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 15.95

    The 'missile with a man in it' was known for its blistering speed and deadliness in air combat. The F-104C flew more than 14,000 combat hours in Vietnam as a bomber escort, a Wild Weasel escort and a close air support aircraft. Though many were sceptical of its ability to carry weapons, the Starfighter gave a fine account of itself in the close air... more...

  • F-8 Crusader vs MiG-17by Peter Mersky; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 15.95

    This book covers the actions fought between two of the best known fighters of the Vietnam War, in action over the North during the early years of the conflict. Revered by Naval Aviators as the "last of the gunfighters" due to its quartet of Colt-Browning Mk 12 20 mm cannon (its great naval rival, the F-4 Phantom II, was exclusively armed with missiles),... 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...

  • The Secrets of Q Centralby Leighton Buzzard Archaeology and History Society

    The History Press 2014; US$ 21.86

    Leighton Buzzard had the biggest telephone exchange in the world 1939-45, handling all telephone and teleprinter communications for the war in Britain, Europe, North Africa and the Far East. Because of this, Group 60, which controlled all the radar for the Battle of Britain, was centred in the town. Five miles away Bletchley Park was set up to monitor... more...