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  • 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 […]

  • McDonnell F3H Demon- In detail & Scale

    Bert Kinzey
    Detail & Scale Aviation Publications
    2014
    English
    X X X X X
    452 pg.
    ASIN B00HSDKKYI
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    This E-book about the F3H Demon published by Detail & Scale Aviation Publication contains an elaborate description of the history of the first, arrow-winged marine jet of the United States. It is part of more publications about the by the US marine engaged jets suitable for use from their aircraft carriers. As the title tells, […]

  • Defending Britain's Skies 1940-1945

    John Grehan, Martin Mace
    Pen & Sword
    2014
    English
    X X X X X
    288 pg.
    9781783462070
    Review written by: Joris Gonggrijp

    The tittle already reveals it, Despatches from the front, and here they are the four soldiers to whom was entrusted the defending of the British airspace, by the War Office. The most known, and I also think most appealing person of them is, Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh C.T. Dowding, who lead the Fighter Command […]