Reviews in English

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  • 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 […]

  • Flying Conquistadors

    Michael Scott Bertrand
    North Loop Books
    2017
    English
    X X X X X
    468 pg.
    ISBN-10: 1635053765 ISBN-13: 978-1635053760
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    The adventures of Oliver Wheelock in this reading work of fiction are situated in the beginning of the 1930’s, the years in which aviation started to become professional. Oliver starts his working career as a youngster with Pan American working from an airport in the south of Florida in the first year of its existence. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Boeing 787: Dreamliner

    Claude G. Luisada & Steven D. Kimmell
    Schiffer Publishing Ltd
    2014
    English
    X X X X X
    152 pg.
    ISBN-10: 0764346377 ISBN-13: 978-0764346378
    Review written by: Pedro Blas Gonzalez

    Besides flying, being around airplanes, and airplane watching and identification, nothing gives aviation enthusiasts greater pleasure than reading about airplanes and aviation history. Aviation enthusiasts are engaged historians of flight and the technology that has made flight possible. In many ways, the history of aviation is as intellectual as it is visual. From the beginning […]