Militaire luchtvaart / oorlog

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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

    (English) 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

    (English) 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

    (English) 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.

  • Bleriot-SPAD S.XX y S.34 (Pioneros de la Aviacion Boliviana 1920 - 1924)

    Roberto Carlos Subauste Perez
    Spanish
    X X X X X
    ISBN 978-9917-0-3373-8

    (English) 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 Bleriot-SPAD S.XX and  S.34 is the second. 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

    (English) 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.

  • 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

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

  • 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

    (English) 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.

  • Fly For Your Life: The Story of Spitfire & Hurricane Ace Robert Stanford Tuck

    Larry Forrester
    Acquisition Analytics Inc
    2022
    English
    X X X X X
    378 pg.
    ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1738697312 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1738697311
    Review written by: Max Heldring

    (English) This biography of Stanford Tuck was first published in 1956 and as a youngster who had a great desire to become a pilot I have read this book with red ears. Now 60 years later it is still a nice book to read for everyone interested in the history of WW2 and especially in the Battle of Britain were Stanford Tuck played a star role as a fighter pilot with 29 confirmed victories.

  • Herinneringen van een jachtvlieger

    Evert ‘Ace’ Motshagen
    Martin Leeuwis Publications
    2023
    Dutch
    X X X X X X
    704 pg.
    978 94 90008 321
    Review written by: Rene Verjans

    Van alle luchtvaartboeken die ik heb is dit wel een heel bijzonder boek; het is een boek in twee delen. Oorspronkelijk zou het boek 850 pagina’s dik zijn, maar dat werd te gek. Daarom is in overleg met uitgever
    Martin Leeuwis besloten gekozen voor een tweedelige set boeken, met totaal meer dan 700 pagina’s op A4-formaat Nederlandse luchtmacht geschiedenis en honderden foto’s. Evert Motshagen is luchtmacht-vlieger en startte in 1954 met zijn eerste trainingsvlucht op een Fokker S-11 om 30 jaar later in 1984 te eindigen op een F-16. Welk vliegtuig vloog hij niet? Wat een carrière!

  • Pacific Tomcat – A pictorial History of the F-14 Tomcat in the Pacific Fleet

    James Geer
    Scramble 4 Productions, LLC
    2022
    English
    X X X X X
    144 pg.
    979-8985799705
    Review written by: Rene Verjans

    (English) This time a review of a picture book. A great edition it is as well and from photographer James Geer, who is great fan of the F-14 Tomcat!