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Boeing : Plane-Makers of Distinction
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This book is a history of Boeing 'Giants of the jet age'. It looks at the company and its secrets of success following the philosophy of its founder William Boeing. Its miraculous recovery on more... More > than one occassion from bankruptcy. Its airplanes, WW I biplane trainers and fighters, piston and jet-engined airliners, mergers and take-overs. The Raptor, and Dreaamliner, military and civil airplanes for the twenty-first century< Less
Japanese Fighter 'aces' of the Pacific War
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Fighter pilots in the Japanese army and naval air forces were (as today in most air forces) an elite' of very high academic and physical standards. Pre-WW II they had fought against the Soviet and... More > Chinese and the naval flyers had honed their skills flying the Claude Type 96 off Japanese carriers. But it was the Mitsubishi 'Zeke' (Zero) that produced most of the 'aces' although unlike their Allied counterparts the successful Japanese fighter pilot was not about 'acedom' the Japanese stressed 'teamwork' and the High Command forbade the the practice of recording individual victories or 'kills' So this book tells the virtually unknown story of the JNAF and JAAF WW II 'aces'< Less
US 'Brown Water Navy' OV-10 Bronco River Patrol
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During the first two years of heavy US involvement in the US River Patrol Force - the so-called 'Brown Water Navy' was created to patrol the network of rivers and canals over which much of the... More > supplies to the communist insurgents, the Viet Cong (VC) got supplies to their outposts. PBR's were constantly being caught in the open resulting in the crews taking casualties and the newly-deigned observation NA OV-10A Bronco was deemed just the aircraft to solve the problem for aerial support 'not too fast and not too slow!'< Less
Israeli AF Spitfires and the Burma Saga
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In 1949 following an attack on Israel by the EAF Spitfires the Israeli's decided they themselves needed some better airplanes to defend themselves and purchased around 300 Spitfires and DH Mosquito... More > fighter-bombers and a few Czech Avia-built spitfires. Subsequently the Israeli Government who were wanting to establish an indigenous aircraft industry unbeknown to the IDF/AF struck a deal with Burma to sale them some 'surplus' Spitfires along with a deal to deliver and maintian and service them, but this was easier said than done with the Burmese insisting that the airplanes be flown to Israel by Burmese personnel and they would be sending pilots to Israel for training and the sage continued for many months...< Less
Japanese Aircraft Industry 1933-45 Book 1
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In the eary days the Japanese aircraft industry produced mostly foreign designs under-licence, but from the beginnig were keen to produce their own indigenous types and by the mid-1930s, they... More > possessed a number of types that unbeknown to the West were far superior to those the Allies were building. When the war in the Pacific started by the attack on Pearl Harbor the Americans found it hard to believe that the attack planes had been launched from carriers hundrds of miles away. Throughout the Pacifiac war Japanese aircraft industry produced some excellent designs but never in the right numbers or at the right time. The Achilles heel of the industry was its aero-engine sector that seemed unable to produce a reliable aero-engine that did not burst into flames This is the first of a two book set of this extremely interesting but little publised subject with many surprises for the reader. It includes reports of many of the types at war and the Netherlands East Indies book can be read in association with it.< Less
Ground Attack Ilyushins Prolific Sthurmoviks
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Sergi Ilyushin's WW II Il-2 was a true Sthurmovik ground-attack plane ordered by Stalin to counter the German Luftwaffe at their bases or the ground. It was robust and fulfilled the role it was... More > designed for but not particularly liked by its pilot's who often flew many sorties a day on the Eastern Front in its cramped cockpit. Many of the Il-2 shortcomings were corrected in the Il-10 that followed though the post-war Il-1oM was by far the best machine seeing combat in the Korea War. For a while the Soviet deserted the true Sthurmovik until the advent of the 1980s Afghan War and the Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot that remains in the RFAF today in the new millennium.< Less
Sikorsky S-92 sets the standard
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When Sikorsky set out in the early 199os to design the 19-seat S-92 it intended to develop a derivative of the S-701H=60 Spirit military helicopter that would appeal to the commercial market and... More > rival the Eurocopter Super Puma, and provide a replacement for the Sikorsky S-61 Stallion. The new design that eventually emerged was essentially an all-new design incorporating many important advanced safety and reliability and manouvreability features that has seen the type in the UK adopted by HMCG and the off-shore oil-industry, the 19-seat capacity and ease of maintainability offering considerable savings in operating costs.< Less
Lufthansa to Luftwaffe-Hitlers: Secret Air Force
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This book provides a complete history of the clandestine WW II Luftwaffe and its origins under the patronage of Lufthansa, secret training of its personnel in Russia and Italy. Combat proving of its... More > airplanes with the Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War. Units, deployments, personel, airplanes and sub-types, thw 'secret weapons' and the world's first combat jets. Hitler's less than cordial relations with Goring, the RLM and German Aviation industry< Less
Cold War Containment --Americans in Britain
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A complete history of the USAF 3rd AF in Britain post WW II. Units, bases, operations, the 'enmey' -- the Warpac, the LSK/LV and the Soviet 16th Air Army in East Germany. UK LOckheed U-2 spyplane and... More > SR-71 Blackbird 'ops'. F-111's, the Libyan Raid, the48th FW. Soviet withdrawal and USAF drawdown. detailed list of comunist 'shoot-downs' of US and Allied aircraft during the 'Cold War stand-off.< Less
MiG-25 Foxbat Test and Development
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The Mikoyan MiG-25 Foxbat derived from the E-66 experimental MiG to date is Russia's fastest and highest flying combat plane ever. Claimed to be capable of Mach 3.2 in a straight line invariably in... More > operational service it never exceeds Mach 2.8. Its development and test flying claimed the lives of several Soviet test pilots, a number of them 'Heroes of the Soviet Union' as well as indirectly the lfe of Artem Mikoyan the OKBs chief designer and director. The problems were so acute that the Soviet Air Force absolutely refused to accept the Foxbat into front-line service until the cause of the crashes was found and the type was safe to operate by the PVO. At the cost of another 'Hero of the Soviet Union' pilot's life it's major problem was revealed as he plummeted to the ground and his death. Unlike the USAF's SR-71, today in the new millennium (2010) the RFAF retain's 39 MiG-25 Foxbat in front-line service.< Less
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