Book Reviews

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Twin Cessna The Cessna 300 and 400 series of Light Twins

    Ron Smith
    Schiffer Publishing Ltd
    2017
    English
    X X X X X
    127 pg.
    9780764352263
    Review written by: Rene Verjans

    In the past when I was young…30 years ago..or so.. the air was still congested with planes. At least in the Netherlands! Anyway, that is my experience. If it weren’t jets, then it was a Boeing E3A Centry and if it wasn’t a Boeing, than you would hear the unmistakable sound of a 2 engine […]

  • 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 […]

  • Douglas DC-9/MD-80 - At the Gate No. 1

    Jodie Peeler
    Squadron/Signal Publications
    2007
    English
    X X X X X
    80 pg.
    ISBN-10: 089747516X ISBN-13: 978-0897475167
    Review written by: Pedro Blas Gonzalez

    With the passage of time, the reliable Douglas DC-9 has proven to be a venerable aircraft. In a milieu when machines are readily discarded, often on the fickle whim of passing fads, the DC-9 is still flying. Douglas DC-9/MD-80 is a very good visual portrayal of the different series of the Douglas DC-9. The book […]