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  • The Flight: Charles Lindbergh’s Daring and Immortal 1927 Transatlantic Crossing

    Dan Hampton
    William Morrow
    2017
    English
    X X X X X
    336 pg.
    ISBN-10: 0062464396 ISBN-13: 978-0062464392
    Review written by: Pedro Blas Gonzalez

    The twentieth century opened with the courageous exploits of the visionary Wright brothers. This marked the beginning of aviation history, which is dotted with a vast number of aviators and explorers. Granted, explorers come in many forms. Along with Shackleton, Byrd, Hillary and the Apollo astronauts, Charles Lindbergh is one of the great explorers of […]

  • Gerhard Fieseler. The man behind the Storch

    Nigel Holden
    Helion & Company
    2018
    English
    X X X X X
    328 pg.
    ISBN-10: 1911512749 ISBN-13: 978-1911512745
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    Readers that are familiar with the military aviation history know the Fieseler Storch. A famous STOL aircraft built during the second world war by Gerhard Fieseler for the German Luftwaffe with its specific silhouette and characteristics. But the name of the book ‘does not cover the load’ as we Dutch used to say. The book […]

  • EMB-312 Tucano - Brazil's turboprop success story

    João Paulo Zeitoun Moralez
    Harpia Publishing L.L.C.
    2018
    English
    X X X X X
    256 pg.
    978-0-9973092-3-2

    This book describing the success story of the EMB Tucano is a joy to read and a marvelous photo book showing the Tucano in all his executions and paintings that were used by the different air forces it served. The Tucano was developed as successor of the different basic and light jet trainers in use […]

  • RAF in Camera 1970s

    Keith Wilson
    Pen & Sword Books
    2018
    English
    X X X X X X
    390 pg.
    9781473897960
    Review written by: Rene Verjans

    Goodness me! 390 pages filled with really stunning pictures! Mostly colour but also a couple of black and white ones. I was already a bit of a fan of this expanding series and now completely. It was in 1971 that I was born and that was the time that within the RAF absolutely an enormous […]

  • De Havilland Enterprises: A History

    Graham Simons
    Pen & Sword Books
    2017
    English
    X X X X X
    2017 pg.
    9781473861381
    Review written by: Joris Gonggrijp

    Captain Geoffrey de Havilland  (1882 – 1965) has established on 25 September 1920 the company which is now bearing his name, with financial support from his friends. The life story of – later Sir Geoffrey – shows remarkable resemblance with that of his contemporary Anthony Fokker. Both looking for a profession just after the turn of […]

  • The AVRO Type 698 VULCAN: Design and Development

    David W. Fildes
    Pen & Sword Books
    2017
    English
    X X X X X
    487 pg.
    978 1 47388 667 4
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    Many books are written about the history of the big 3 V-Bombers of the RAF  namely the Handley Page Victor, Vickers Valiant and the Avro Vulcan. But the most iconic of the three is the Avro Vulcan because of its appearance and flight characteristics. 95 Planes were built in different executions and served with the […]

  • The B-58 Blunder: How the U.S. Abandoned its Best Strategic Bomber

    Colonel George Holt, Jr.
    George Holt Jr.
    2015
    English
    X X X X X
    140 pg.
    ISBN-10: 0692478817 ISBN-13: 978-0692478813
    Review written by: Pedro Blas Gonzalez

    I first saw a picture of the Convair B-58 Hustler in C.B. Colby’s 1966 book Jets of the World: New Fighters, Bombers and Transports. I discovered the book in the library of Buena Vista Elementary school. The year was 1972 and I was in the second grade. As best as I recall, the library had […]

  • VC10: Icon of the Skies

    Lance Cole
    Pen and Sword Books
    2017
    English
    X X X X X
    224 pg.
    9781473875326
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    With the VC-10 in the main role this book describes with thorough arguments the downfall of the British aircraft industry. The story started in the post war years when BOAC was ruling the skies specifically in the British colonies in Africa. BOAC was looking for the ultimate jetliner that could handle the difficult British and European […]

  • Orville Wright: How We Invented the Airplane

    Orville Wright (edited by Fred C. Kelly)
    Dover Publications Inc.
    1988
    English
    X X X X X
    96 pg.
    ISBN10 0486256626 ISBN13 9780486256627
    Review written by: Pedro Blas Gonzalez

    Huffman Prairie is an isolated, quiet place eight miles outside of Dayton, Ohio. The field takes its name from a banker named Torrance Huffman who owned the cow pasture at the time the Wright brothers flew the Wright Flyer III, the aircraft that proved that controlled flight was possible. The field is vast. Wilbur and […]

  • Flight: 100 Years of Aviation

    R. G. Grant
    DK Publishing
    2009
    English
    X X X X X
    B00J5SZF8A/ B014S40UQM
    Review written by: Pedro Blas Gonzalez

    The pilot slowly brings the aircraft to the beginning of the runway. I look around the cabin and notice many passengers asleep. They have been sleeping since shortly after boarding. In this regard, I am of one mind with the stoic philosopher, Marcus Aurelius, when the venerable ancient Greek thinker writes, “Thus to a man […]