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  • From F-4 Phantom to A-10 Warthog: Memoirs of a Cold War Fighter Pilot

    Steve Ladd
    Air World
    2020
    English
    X X X X X
    296 pg.
    ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08NSJ4SKW/ ISBN: 978 1 52676 1248
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    Steve Ladd the author of this book describes his life and career in the USAF and retired as colonel and Director of Operations of the 81st Wing stationed in the UK.

  • Operation Eldorado Canyon: The 1986 US Bombing Raid on Libya

    Jim Rotramel
    Harpia Publishing Verlags GmbH
    2024
    English
    X X X X X X
    256 pg.
    ISBN 987-1-95039-412-8
    Review written by: Rene Verjans

    It was an ‘interesting time’ in the eighties of the last century with respect to terrorism. The Americans also were a regular target of terrorism and Libya was one of the countries that was actively and provably involved by the attacks. President Gaddafi was strongly anti-Israel and supported terroristic organisations. One was even afraid that Libya would become a nuclear power. For this review it goes too far to highlight the whole political situation and all the attacks. There were attacks at the end of 1985 at the airport of Vienna and Rome with lots of victims. Next to that Libya took over the Gulf of Sidra, north of Libya. That was not acknowledged internationally, especially not by the Americans – who only accepted the international acknowledged 12 miles – and therefor sent aircraft carriers to the Mediterranean Sea. Libya responded with ‘aggression’ towards the US ships, and this led to a confrontation on March 24th 1986: read: the US brought some Libyan ships down and destroyed some SAM-locations. Not much later – on the 5th of April – a bombing followed on a nightclub in Berlin by which 3 people did not survive and 229 got wounded, under which 79 Americans. On April 14th 1986 Ronald Reagan officially gave the order for an attack on Libya, which was executed in the night of April 15tht. In the deepest confidentiality the mission was prepared in the previous months by the aviation sections that would also be directly involved.

  • FIAT (S.I.A.) R.2 (Pioneros de la Aviacion Boliviana 1920 - 1924)

    Roberto Carlos Subauste Perez
    Spanish
    X X X X X
    ISBN 978-9917-0-3372-1
    Review written by: Joris Gonggrijp

    Mr. Subauste Perez did in depth research on the roots of Bolivian aviation. Virtually every aspect is covered by this series of books of which the story of the FIAT (S.I.A) R.2 is the third. This book covers the origin of these aircraft, their history in a general context, the Bolivian connection, a thorough technical description of their airframes and engines, and as a background the socio-political situation of contemporary Bolivia. It also puts Bolivia in the general history of the surrounding South American countries.

  • Curtiss 18T Wasp (Pioneros de la aviación boliviana 1920-1924 nº 1)

    Roberto Carlos Subauste Perez
    2020
    Spanish
    X X X X X
    104 pg.
    ASIN ‏ : ‎ B087CCDF7V
    Review written by: Joris Gonggrijp

    Mr. Subauste Perez did in depth research on the roots of Bolivian aviation. Virtually every aspect is covered by this series of books of which the story of the Curtiss 18T Wasp (T for Triplane) is the first. This book covers the origin of this aircraft, its history in a general context, the Bolivian connection, a thorough technical description of  the airframe and engine, and as a background the socio-political situation of contemporary Bolivia. It also puts Bolivia in the general history of the surrounding South American countries.

  • How’’d they do that? Grandparents answer questions about the Wright Brothers and Amelia Earhart

    Joseph Howard Cooper
    FriesenPress
    2023
    English
    X X X X X
    132 pg.
    ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1039176259 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1039176256
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    The title of this book tells it all. Special for kids who wants to learn more about the great adventures of the heroes that conquered the skies in the early years of the last century.

  • And I lived to Tell the Tales: The life of a fighter Pilot

    Ed Cobleigh
    Check Six Books
    2022
    English
    X X X X X
    258 pg.
    978 1629 6723 80
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    Another book written by Ed Cobleigh about his career in the US Air Force. His style remains the same informative, fascinating and  sometimes humorous.

  • A Pilot’s Story, From the ruins of Alitalia to the desert of Qatar

    Ivan Anzellotti
    Cartabianca Publishing Bologna
    2023
    English
    X X X X X
    178 pg.
    978 88 888 0563 4
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    The cover of this book shows a funny cartoon of a pilot kicked out of his homeland Italy and landing in the desert between the camels. It suggests a light-hearted story of the adventures of a pilot in his flying career.  But that is not the case when reading this book. Iwan Anzellotti an experienced […]

  • Jet Web CONNECTIONS in the Development History of Turbojet Engines 1920 – 1950

    Dietrich ECKARDT
    Springer
    2023
    English
    X X X X X
    738 pg.
    ISBN 978-3-658-38530-9 ISBN 978-3-658-38531-6 (eBook)
    Review written by: Alexander Beeck

    Eckardt’s ‘Jet Web’ offers a comprehensive exploration of the development history of turbojet engines from the 1920s to the late 1950s. It primarily focuses on the intricate relationships and collaborations between the United Kingdom (& USA), Germany, and Switzerland in this fascinating journey. While the narrative repeats in parts the well-known ‘Whittle vs. Von Ohain Saga’,  it mainly sheds new light on unexpected connections and especially, the significant influence of axial compressor technology from the Swiss-German company Brown Boveri & Cie.

    The author, a gas turbine engineer, spent a decade meticulously researching and compiling this remarkable account, resulting in a weighty volume with some 250 informative b/w photographs, technical schemes and detailed drawings. This document provides an overview of the book’s content, emphasizing its unique contributions and the target audience it aims to engage.

  • The Couriers of Herodotus

    Steve Williams
    SnarkyPilot Press
    2023
    English
    X X X X X
    225 pg.
    979 8 9878682 0 1/ ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8987868218
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    The first chapter of this wonderful book contained more or less the basic spar for the rest of the stories to follow. A dramatic event that set the title for this book.

  • His Majesty's Airship: The Life and Tragic Death of the World's Largest Flying Machine

    Samuel C. Gwynne
    Scribner Books
    2023
    English
    X X X X X X
    320 pg.
    ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 086154708X ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0861547081
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    It is really one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read about airships that explains and proves documented why airships and in particular Britain’s R101 were dangerous and doomed as a global air transport system. The backgrounds of the persons involved in the realisation of R 101 and their motives take an important of the book. Samuel Gwynne is certainly a very good story teller!