Reviews in English

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  • Topgun days

    Dave 'Bio' Baranek
    Skyhorse Publishing
    2010
    English
    X X X X X
    978-1-61608-005-1

    Topgun! Everyone knows Topgun as the movie Topgun from 1986 with Tom Cruise and his lovely lady. And most of the time that’s it! Topgun is the flashy name for the American Navy Fighter Weapons School, which was founded as navy pilots performed relatively poor in the Vietnam War in comparison to other wars. Nowadays, […]

  • Spitfire on my tail - a view from the other side

    Ulrich Steinhilper & Peter Osborne
    Independent Books
    English
    X X X X X X
    9781872836003

    It is again the second world war, which yields a very good book. This time it’s a book by a German Messerschmitt 109-pilot who was shot down on October 27, 1940 by a Spitfire over the south east of the United Kingdom. The Battle of Britain was in full swing and not long after that […]

  • Say when and how

    Martin Leeuwis
    Martin Leeuwis Publication
    2011
    English
    X X X X X
    978-94-90008-05-5

    Again a nice book, published by Martin Leeuwis. Compared to ‘Please wait to be seated’, this book contains not only cartoons but also a very large number of funny and short  ‘pieces of text’ that describe all sorts of developments and issues in aviation such as the ‘thrilling life of an airline pilot’ ; ‘development […]

  • Sea Harrier Over The Falklands

    Commander “Sharkey” Ward
    Orion Publishing Co
    2000
    English
    X X X X X X
    978-0304355426

    No trudge novel but again a real ‘aviation book’ for the night table! In my search for good books that cause your heart beating faster, I bought ‘Sea Harrier Over The Falklands’ of Commander ‘Sharkey’ Ward. The book is about the use of the then brand-new Sea Harrier in the conflict around the Falklands in […]

  • Amazing airplanes / Fantastische vliegtuigen

    Gaby Goldsack
    English
    X X X X X
    978-1607101604

    When I recently walked through a bookstore with my little boy of 3 years old, I found this book; “Amazing airplanes ‘! I’ve rarely seen a book so thick with so few pages and so little weight. A nice aviation kids book! It is a book with five themes from aviation. It’s about ‘enterprising pilots’, ‘air […]

  • Vulcan 607

    Rowland White
    Transworld Publishers Ltd
    2007
    English
    X X X X X
    464 pg.
    978-0552152297

    It was last year when I walked at Schiphol Airport on a early morning looking for a newspaper. If you can only buy the Dutch Telegraph that is not really a choice I thought. At that moment my eye fell on an English book with a picture of a Vulcan-aircraft on the front ; Җulcan […]

  • Lock on No1 F-104/ No2 F-16

    Verlinden
    Verlinden Publications
    English
    X X X X X
    90 70932 01 6/90 70932 03 2

    Jesus, that was long ago! These booklets were issued in 1983 and 1984. Already almost 30 years old, but still so beautiful that I had to write about them. The books are not too thick and actually written for fanatic modellers. The books contain lots of photos of all the details of the F-104 Starfighter […]

  • The lost Squadron / Het verdwenen squadron

    David Hayes
    1994
    English, Dutch
    X X X X X
    244 pg.
    0747518262

    I was tipped to read this this book and I got no regrets! This book by David Hayes from 1994 is an easily readable and fascinating story, combined with many beautiful color and black / white photographs. It tells the story of a search for eight missing WW2-aircraft in Greenland. The story begins on July […]

  • The crisis after the crisis/ Faro: de ramp na de ramp- van slachtoffer naar probleem

    Cor ten Hove
    Reed business
    English, Dutch
    X X X X X
    313 pg.
    90 5850 495 6

    December 21, 1992: Disaster strikes Faro, Portugal. A Dutch Martinair DC-10(owned by the Dutch Airforce and operated by Martinair) crashes at the airport leaving many passengers and crew members dead or wounded. Cor ten Hove, the author of this book, is a passenger on that plane. He survives, but his life will never be the […]

  • Baling Out

    Robert Jackson
    Pen & Sword Books Ltd
    2006
    English
    X X X X X X
    192 pg.
    978 1 84415 347 3

    It’s as if the devil is playing with it, but even now when I ‘just’ pulled ‘an-nice-looking-book’ off the bookshelf somewhere, it again appears to be …..is another great book. Maybe you think I am having shares of this publisher, but that’s not the fact I can assure you! This book is about the development […]