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  • The mighty Eighth at war

    Martin W. Bowman
    Pen & Sword Books
    2010
    English
    X X X X X
    288 pg.
    9781783830015
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    This 282 pages counting book tells about the actions of the 8th US air force during the Second World War. The 8th contained B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator bombers and operated from Great Britain under the command of brigadier general Ira. C. Eaker. The book gives a detailed overview of all the operations of […]

  • Grumman F9F Cougar Detail & Scale Series

    Bert Kinzey
    Detail and Scale Series
    2014
    English
    X X X X X
    978-0-9860677-1-6
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    This e-book describes the Grunman F9F Cougar, the first arrow wing jet of the American Navy. With the appearance of the MIG 15 above Korea, the American Navy was heavenly pressurized to quickly come with a counter reply and that led to the development of the Cougar as successor of the ‘straight wing’ Grunman Panther. […]

  • Aerotoxic Syndrome - Aviation’s Darkest Secret

    John Hoyte
    Pilot Press UK
    214
    English
    X X X X X
    229 pg.
    978-0-9929508-0-4
    Review written by: Joris Gonggrijp

    “Till this day, the only thing filtering this toxic soup out of the cabin are the lungs of the passengers and crew”. This quote sets the tone for this book. A good listener only needs half a word: bleed air for the pressure cabin. With the introduction of the jet engine in the civilian aviation […]

  • Logistics in the Falklands War

    Kenneth L. Privatsky
    Pen & Sword Books
    2014
    English
    X X X X X
    248 pg.
    978 1 47382 3129
    Review written by: Joris Gonggrijp

    It is more than 30 years ago, in the meantime, and still one is writing about it like it happened yesterday: the 74 days during Argentinian occupation of the Falkland Islands. This time the pen is handled by an American intendancy officer, who after 30 years was allowed to look in the archives, which before […]

  • Avro LANCASTER in Military Service 1945 - 1965

    Martin Derry
    Pen & Sword
    2014
    English
    X X X X X
    96 pg.
    978 147382 7240
    Review written by: Joris Gonggrijp

    The in the tittle mentioned dates are in some way not really correct: the first operational flight with Lancaster bombers took place on the 3rd of March 1942 (with 4 Lancaster’s that laid mines before the German coast). 7.377 bombers have been built of which 3.460 were lost during operational ‘wartime’. Crashes during take-off and […]

  • Downing Dora Nine

    Matthew Patrick
    Paradrome Press
    2014
    English
    X X X X X
    440 pg.
    978-0-9913260-2-0
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    Fiction stories about aviation always have a so called ‘inaccuracy’ factor. Which means that a good story often collides with the technical reality. In this book, written by Matthew Patrick and beautifully illustrated by John Patrick, a good balance has been found. The story takes place in 1915 when aviation stood at the beginning of […]

  • Jetliner Cabins, Evolution & Innovation

    Jennifer Coutts Clay
    2014
    English
    X X X X X
    B00L13WAGW
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    The title of this splendid e-book, written by Jennifer Coutts Clay, doesn’t quite cover the load, because the content contains much more than just information about the decoration of the modern jetliners. This book describes the development of the airplane interior since the introduction of the first generation commercial jetliners. Not only the upholstery of […]

  • THE DISASTROUS FALL AND TRIUMPHANT RISE of the FLEET AIR ARM from 1912 to 1945

    Henry "Hank" Adlam
    Pen & Sword Books
    2014
    English
    X X X X X
    256 pg.
    9781473821132
    Review written by: Joris Gonggrijp

    The subtitle “Sea Eagles led by Penguins” already gives the suspicion that the writer, himself a fighterpilot from aircraft carriers in WO II, feels rancorous opposite to the by then naval aviation service direction (Flee Air Arm, FAA). Hence this book is written honestly ‘on the skin’, right from his hearth! After WO I the […]

  • Glider pilots at Arnhem

    Mike Peters & Luuk Buist
    Pen & Sword
    2014
    English
    X X X X X
    298 pg.
    9781473822795
    Review written by: Joris Gonggrijp

    In a nutshell: on the 17th of September 1944, 11.500 men from the 1st Airborne Division, including the 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade landed across the north bank at the Rijn by Arnhem to occupy ‘the bridge’. On the 25th of September, 2.500 men were taken back with boats to the south bank of the […]

  • Jetblast

    Stephen Carbone
    Tate Publishing
    2014
    English
    X X X X X
    348 pg.
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    This book is written by Stephen Carbone, who has worked for more than 30 years in the aviation industry. First he did this as specialist in aviation security systems, but later as researcher at the NTSB and as safety inspector at the FAA. And this you can see in the book, with as storyline a […]