Military aviation / war

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  • 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 […]

  • Lightning from the Cockpit- Flying the Supersonic Legend

    Peter Caygill
    Pen & Sword Books
    2013
    English
    X X X X X
    192 pg.
    978 1 84415 355 8
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    The Lightning was my favorite jetfighter controlling the skies in the sixties over England. Of course I have read more books about the Lightning but never so detailed in describing the history and characteristics of this legend. The first test flight took place in august 1954 and it was in service for more then 28 […]

  • Phantom in the Cold War-RAF Wildenrath 1977 - 1992

    David Gledhill
    Pen & Sword Books
    2017
    English
    X X X X X X
    271 pg.
    9781526704085
    Review written by: René Verjans

    Somewhere around my 14th birthday my dad told me that, approximately 40kms from our home in The Netherlands, there was a British Military airport on German soil, near the border; RAF Wildenrath. He better had not told me so! In about 3 years I have visited probably 40 times and that is where my love […]

  • The Shepherd

    Frederick Forsyth
    Hutchinson
    1976
    English
    X X X X X
    670-63969-9
    Review written by: Pedro Blas Gonzalez

    Frederick Forsyth’s The Shepherd is a novella of man’s instinct for survival. The tale may appear simple, but is actually multi-layered. The account of a pilot who flies a De Havilland Vampire DH100  and becomes lost in disorienting fog, after losing the compass and other instruments due to an electrical failure, turns out to be […]

  • Coming down in the drink

    Sean Feast
    Pen and Sword books
    2017
    English
    X X X X X
    190 pg.
    9781473891531
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    Many books have been written about the second WW and especially bomber command. In this particular book we follow the training and posting at an active squadron of Bomber Command during the war of air gunner/wireless operator John Brennan. At first he was posted as crew member on a Wellington twin engine bomber in the Middle […]

  • Fighters over the fleet- Naval Air Defence from Biplanes to the Cold War

    Norman Friedman
    Seaforth Publishing
    2016
    English
    X X X X X X
    460 pg.
    9781848324046
    Review written by: Rene Verjans

    You have books and you have books! This is a BOOK! More than 450 pages with literally everything that concerns aviation at sea. This book from Norman Friedman tells concrete about the development of fighter planes and aircraft carriers from the English Royal Navy, the US Navy and the ‘Imperial Japanese Navy’ from the 20ies […]

  • 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 […]