Book Reviews

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  • Bomber Command Pilot Leonard Cheshire's Classic Second World War Memoir

    Leonard Cheshire and Robert Owen
    Fighting High Publishing
    2019
    English
    X X X X X
    208 pg.
    ISBN-10: 1999812867 ISBN-13: 978-1999812867
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    Many books have been published after the war about the efforts of the RAF during WW 2 and especially about Bomber Command that from the beginning until the end of the war harassed Germany with continuous night bombardments. This book is an nice exception because it was written by Leonard Cheshire a highly decorated bomber pilot, […]

  • Flying Alone

    Beth Ruggiero York
    Beth Ruggiero York
    2019
    English
    X X X X X
    245 pg.
    ISBN-10: 0578544210 ISBN-13: 978-0578544212
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    Flying Alone is the life story of the author telling us about her adventures as a pilot in the world of the smaller freight air charters in the USA. She describes in an open and often emotional way her struggles in gathering enough flying hours after earning her commercial license in order to achieve a […]

  • D-Day Dakotas

    Martin Bowman
    Pen and sword books
    2019
    English
    X X X X X
    352 pg.
    9781526746153
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    D-Day 1944 has recently been commemorated because it is 75 years ago that the invasion on the Normandy coast took place by allied troops. The landings on the coast have broadly been reported and filmed, for everyone to see which sacrifices have been brought to let this invasion succeed. Less known are the massive air-landings, […]

  • Lockheed F-104 Starfighter : A History

    Martin W. Bowman
    Pen and Sword Books
    2019
    English
    X X X X X
    320 pg.
    9781473863262
    Review written by: René Verjans

    The book about the ‘Missile with a man strapped to it’, ‘Starfighter’ or ‘one-o-four’, starts with the remark that it is quite possible that the F-104 is one of the most photographed planes of all times. I think that Bowman is right. Unfortunately, I have not been able to take many pictures of a flying […]

  • The First Fighter Pilot - Roland Garros: The Life and Times of the Playboy Who Invented Air Combat

    Ed Cobleigh
    Check Six Books
    2019
    English
    X X X X X
    326 pg.
    ISBN-10: 1629671568 ISBN-13: 978-1629671567
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    Roland Garros as a famous tennis tournament and tennis court in Paris is well known with everybody. But the question who was this person nobody knows. Yes a famous tennis player. Even my fellow pilots did not know. In this book Ed Cobleigh gives you the answer and in his usual style he describes the […]

  • The Healing- PAN AM Flight 001

    Richard Jellerson
    Outskirts Press
    2018
    English
    X X X X X
    148 pg.
    ISBN-10: 1977200249 ISBN-13: 978-1977200242
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    PAN AM flight 001 is a commercial flight around the world that can be booked with PAN AM and were by you are free to step off or on at any stop on the route. Very popular in the sixties and seventies of the last century. The author of this book bought a ticket for […]

  • Flashpoint Russia- Russia’ s Air Power: Capabilities and Structure

    Piotr Butowski
    Harpia Publishing Verlags GmbH
    2019
    English
    X X X X X
    144 pg.
    978-0-9973092-7-0
    Review written by: Rene Verjans

    In the past – the eighties- I looked aimlessly to pictures of the ‘modern hunters’ of that time. The pictures of the Russian jet-fighters were often black and white, sometimes in colour, but always granulated. This on the contrary to the pictures of the Western jet-fighters and other aviation planes. Of course it all had […]

  • Modern Chinese Warplanes

    Andreas Rupprecht
    Harpia Publishing
    2018
    English
    X X X X X
    237 pg.
    978-0-9973092-6-3 / 978-0-9973092-8-7
    Review written by: Rene Verjans

    Two reviews in one! I previously was already enthusiastic about the books of Andreas Rupprecht, published by Harpia Publishing, and also now I have to really say that I have two great new books on my bookshelf. The Air force book is with 240 pages slightly thicker than the Army book, which counts 95 pages. […]

  • The Collectors. US and British Cold War Aerial Intelligence Gathering

    Kevin Wright
    2019
    Helion and Company
    X X X X X
    328 pg.
    9781912390809
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    Since the invention of the air balloon and the first flight with the heavier then air plane collecting information from the air was practised  and certainly in case of a military conflict. However since the second world war gathering of information using aeroplanes was tilted to a higher level with special photo and reconnaissance flights. After the […]

  • South Pacific Air War Volume 2 The Struggle for Moresby March - April 1942

    Michael John Claringbould, Peter Ingman
    Avonmore Books; first edition
    2019
    English
    X X X X X
    232 pg.
    ISBN-10: 0994588976 ISBN-13: 978-0994588975
    Review written by: Rene Verjans

    So, a very beautiful book this! It tells about a bit of war history which we know little about in the Western world (to my opinion). Nevertheless, it is my first book about being in war in those areas. Publisher Avonmore Books has with this second book from Michael Claringbould and Peter Ingman about the […]