Military aviation / war

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  • 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 […]

  • Best Food Forward

    Colin Hodgkinson
    Frontline Books
    2017
    English
    X X X X X
    223 pg.
    978 1 47389 762 5
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    From the stories of WW2 during the Battle of Britain the name of Douglas Bader is very well known as the ace without legs. He lost his legs in a prewar flight accident and with a lot of perseverance he became a famous fighter pilot. But there is another fighter pilot who flew without legs […]

  • 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 […]

  • When the Navy Took to the Air: The Experimental Seaplane Stations of the Royal Naval Air Service

    Philip MacDougall
    Fonthill Media
    2017
    English
    X X X X X
    176 pg.
    ISBN-10: 1781555729 ISBN-13: 978-1781555729
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    The subtitle of this book(let) doesn’t do justice to the content: each thinkable form of aviation activity done by the Royal Navy from 1909 is mentioned. Thus also the use of ‘land’- planes and with some success, airships. What comes across very strong to me is that the Navy management, especially in the early beginning, informed […]

  • Station 115 Shipdham

    Peter W. Bodle Fraes
    Fonthill Media Limited
    2017
    English
    X X X X X
    176 pg.
    978 1 78155 495 1
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    Station 115 is the story of an U.S.A.A.F. base in Norfolk U.K. in the second world war. Not a story about heroes in the skies but about the people that kept the planes flying and the organisation behind it running. It was a type A airfield that housed the 44th Bombardment Group flying the Liberator B-24 […]

  • Verhaaltjes, het houdt nooit op- Jan Algera

    Jan Algera
    Martin Leeuwis Publications
    2017
    Dutch
    X X X X X
    208 pg.
    ISBN 978 94 90008 192
    Review written by: Rene Verjans

    Unfortunately only in Dutch until now!

  • RAF In Camera: 1970s

    Keith Wilson
    Pen & Sword Books
    2017
    English
    X X X X X X
    320 pg.
    ISBN: 9781473897960
    Review written by: Rene Verjans

    RAF In Camera: 1970s – Keith Wilson 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 […]

  • Flying The Icon: Spitfire

    Jarrod Cotter
    Fighting High Publishing
    2016
    English
    X X X X X X
    160 pg.
    ISBN-10: 0993212980 ISBN-13: 978-0993212987

    Extraordinary great to see that Jarrod Cotter has succeeded to find a format which totally sets out from previous books I encountered about the legendary Spitfire. Is there a plane more covered and discussed?! Didn’t think so! This book from Cotter is simply a gem that comes on top of the earlier published books…on the […]

  • Zemke's Wolfpack- A Photographic Odyssey of the 56th Fighter Group During the Second World War

    Nigel Julian (Author), Peter Randall (Author), Hub Zemke (Foreword)
    Fighting High Publishing
    2015
    English
    X X X X X X
    208 pg.
    ISBN-10: 0992620783 ISBN-13: 978-0992620783
    Review written by: René Verjans

    Zemke’s Wolfpack…Talking about splendid books! This is one! Compilated with lots of love by the 2 authors… The book starts with a short but powerful description with regards to them to whom this book is contributed; the people that were part of the 56th ‘Fighter group’ (FG). Beautiful and short but intense! The 56th FG […]

  • African MiGs Volume 1 and 2

    Tom Cooper and Peter Weinert, with Fabian Hinz and Mark Lepko
    Harpia Publishing L.L.C.
    2010
    English
    X X X X X
    256 pg.
    978-0-9825539-8-5
    Review written by: Rene Verjans

    Special books they are these 2 volumes about a large group of countries in the continent Africa and then especially in –what the writers call- the ‘Sub-Sahara’. Not that I normally am so interested in the air forces of African counties, but I was simply curious about these air forces of which you seldom hear, because […]