Book Reviews

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  • Airliner Down

    John Etzil
    John Etzil
    2017
    English
    X X X X X
    352 pg.
    ASIN: B06XQ4QS5W/ISBN-10: 1521016828 ISBN-13/ 978-1521016824
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    Nearly all the books I read about aviation are nonfiction. They are about history (mostly second world war), autobiographies or personal flying stories. This (e-)book is a fiction story about the crash of an airliner and the events that lead to that crash. Whether the author is a pilot himself I don’t know but the technical aspects […]

  • Swiss Tiger Parallel Flight

    Peter Lewis
    Goatworks & Teammedia GmbH
    2017
    Both English and German text
    X X X X X X
    160 pg.
    978-3-9524649-1-5
    Review written by: Simon Jakubowski

    After being fortunate enough to read Peter’s last book ‘Amir’ I admit to being quite the fan of this authors work and Swiss Tiger’s arrival today only strengthened that adoration! We’ve seen teaser pictures via social media for some time now and If you liked them then the actual images in the book will blow […]

  • The Royal Naval Air Service in the First World War

    Philip Jarrett
    Pen & Sword Books
    2015
    English
    X X X X X
    376 pg.
    9781473828193
    Review written by: Joris Gonggrijp

    The introduction of this book about the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) fills seven lines and states that this book is based on original documents regarding the operations of the RNAS in WW I. They could have added ‘and an abundance of pictures that accompanied them). The book, with nicely designed hard cover, is primarily […]

  • Soviet Cold War Weaponry: Aircraft, Warships and Missiles

    Anthony Tucker-Jones
    Pen and Sword Books
    215
    English
    X X X X X
    144 pg.
    9781473823617
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    The cold war with Russia between the 1950s and 1980s has passed for many of us nearly unnoticed. Mainly in political and military circles it was a big issue and influenced the development of military weaponry substantially. This book describes what a formidable opponent Russia was. It gives the reader an overview of the armory that […]

  • Flight Craft 11: English Electric Lightning

    Martin Derry, Neil Robinson
    Pen & Sword Books
    2016
    English
    X X X X X
    96 pg.
    9781473890558
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    In the sixties the English Electric Lightning was taken into service by the RAF as interceptor as successor of the Hawker Hunter. This jet was his time far ahead. Who does not remember this flamboyant jet? The revolutionary model with two Avon jet engines placed on top of each other was the fastest operational jetfighter at […]

  • Luftwaffe Fighter Force- The View from the Cockpit

    David C. Isby
    Frontline Books
    2016
    English
    X X X X X
    224 pg.
    9781848329850
    Review written by: Joris Gonggrijp

    The title of this book was so inviting that I eagerly accepted it for a book review. Even more because the picture of Adolf Galland and other German ‘Aces’ decorate the cover. What really fills this book, instead of the expected ‘cockpit stories’, are the interrogation reports which started directly after the 8th of May […]

  • Higher: 100 Years of Boeing

    Russ Banham
    Chronicle Books, San Francisco
    2015
    English
    X X X X X
    192 pg.
    9781452140537
    Review written by: Pedro Blas Gonzalez

    The Boeing Company is synonymous with twentieth century American technology and industry. From its humble start in a boathouse in Seattle, the Boeing Company has been a world leader in aviation history and the development of rockets and satellites. William Boeing, a lumberman, started the company in 1916. The young Boeing combined his robust love of […]

  • Air War Normandy

    Richard Townshend Bickers
    Pen & Sword Aviation; Reprint edition
    2015
    English
    X X X X X
    176 pg.
    ISBN-10: 1473837952 ISBN-13: 978-1473837959
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    Many books have been written about the landings in Normandy also known as D-Day. This book describes specifically the battle in the air before, during and shortly after the landings in Normandy. Both parties the Allies and the Germans are telling their stories and personal experiences in this book. Per example during the preparations long […]

  • AMIR Mirage IIIRS

    Reto Seipel and Peter Lewis
    buag Grafisches Unternehmen AG
    2004
    German
    X X X X X
    210 pg.
    3-85545-866-9
    Review written by: Simon Jakubowski

    One of the things I love about this group is finding out about books and authors I’ve previously either not heard of or know little about. This work by  Peter Lewis is something I knew nothing about and I’m totally ashamed to admit that, I’ve seen Peters aviation shots before on select Facebook groups but […]

  • Tornado F3 in Focus: A Navigator's Eye on Britain's Last Interceptor

    David Gledhill
    Fonthill Media
    2015
    English
    X X X X X
    288 pg.
    ISBN-10: 1781553076 ISBN-13: 978-1781553077
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    The author David Gledhill has already written a number of aircraft books amongst them “The Phantom in Focus” that recently was reviewed by my colleague René Verjans. This book describes the operational career of David Gledhill in the RAF as a navigator( wso) on the Tornado F-3. The Tornado was contentious and in the beginning […]