Aviation history

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  • Classic light aircraft

    Ron Smith
    Shiffer Publishing ltd
    2015
    English
    X X X X X
    415 pg.
    978-0-7643-4896-9
    Review written by: Rene Verjans

    You must really love small aircraft an awful lot to be able to produce a book like this! More than 800 aircraft are listed in this bible of more than 400 pages thick! It is something like a Janes Defense…but then different. Not all ‘light aircraft’ are enlisted in this book, else it would be twice […]

  • Dogfight: The Supermarine Spitfire and the Messerschmitt Bf109

    David Owen
    Pen and Sword Books
    2015
    English
    X X X X X
    370 pg.
    9781473828063
    Review written by: Joris Gonggrijp

    The title of this book suggests that it is primarily written for pilots. But if you buy the book for that, than you get it wrong. This book is the most elaborate ‘air war history book’ that I have ever laid my hands on. It starts off in the after days of WO I and […]

  • A Passion for Flying-50 years in the cockpit

    Group Captain Tom Eeles
    Pen and sword Books
    2015
    English
    X X X X X
    147 pg.
    9781473845640
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    8.000 Hours of RAF flying has Tom Eeles logged as a pilot when is pensioned at an age of 55 years. In this book he describes his RAF career  that started in 1962 and ended in 1997 after which he kept flying as a reserve officer and instructor with the Cambridge University flying school. In […]

  • Why planes crash 2002- Case files 2002

    Sylvia Wrigley
    Sylvia Wrigley
    2015
    English
    X X X X X
    161 pg.
    9781516344253
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    This E-book is the follow-up to a previously published work by Sylvia Wrigley detailing both well-known and relatively unknown plane crashes during 2001. This book describes 11 accidents that occurred in 2002. Among these, the most tragic example of how badly things can go wrong, is the story of a collision between a Tupolev 154M […]

  • Aircraft Carriers of the United States Navy

    Michael Green
    Pen and Sword Books
    2015
    English
    X X X X X
    208 pg.
    9781783376100

    I already own several of these “Images of War” books and what is nice about the series as a whole is the format; slightly smaller than A4, aromatic paper, and easily digestible information in bite-sized chunks. This book – as the name implies – concerns aircraft carriers. It details in four chapters the development of […]

  • RAF in Camera 1950s and -1960s (2 books)

    Keith Wilson
    Pen and Sword Books
    2015
    English
    X X X X X
    300 pg.
    RAF 50s: 9781473827950 / RAF60s: 9781473837768

    Two books of each around 300 pages full with my favourite pictures! Splendid books…without exaggeration. When you see the front pages with the formation of  Hunters and Lightnings, than you are straight back in those years in which an enormous variety of planes flew within the RAF. The Second World War had only just come […]

  • Verhaaltjes blijven komen

    Jan Algera
    Martin Leeuwis Publicaties
    2015
    Dutch
    X X X X X
    233 pg.
    978-94-90008-17-8

    Sorry, this entry is only available in Nederlands.

  • The Great leader and the fighter pilot

    Blaine Harden
    Viking (Uitgeverij Balans for the Dutch version)
    2015
    English, Dutch and many more
    X X X X X
    304 pg.
    978-0670016570 (USA)

    Recently my eye fell on this book with a fighter jet on the cover and then I want to read it! Of all the aviation books that I read, this one is a bit odd but tasty, because it doesn’t only cover special aviation history, but also separately tells about the history of North Korea. […]

  • Polar Winds

    Danielle Metcalfe- Chenail
    Dundurn
    2014
    English
    X X X X X
    224 pg.
    1459723791

    It gives a special feeling when you are reading on the 38th degree of latitude with 35 degrees a book about aviation in the Canadian region above the 60st degree of latitude with temperatures in winter of 40 degrees Celsius below zero, a difference of 75 degrees Celsius! At least the book provides cooling with […]

  • RAF Tanker Navigator

    Peter Bodle and Tony Golds
    Pen & Sword Books
    2012
    English
    X X X X X
    192 pg.
    9781844157440
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    This book tells about the daily life of a RAF navigator, who for the biggest part of his military career flew on the then 4 engine RAF jets like the Vickers Valiant and the Handley-Page Victor. Tony Golds – our main character- joined the RAF almost directly after his study. That was in 1960, the […]