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Night Fighter Over Germany: The Long Road to the Sky

by Graham White

These are the highly evocative wartime memoirs of a young NCO pilot whose operational experience was with Beaufighters and Mosquitoes flying in the long-range night-fighter role. It is not a gung-ho account...


Bomber Commander: Don Saville Dso, Dfc - 'The Mad Australian'

by F Chappel

Wing Commander Donald Teale Saville DSO, DFC joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1927. From 1932 until 1939 he flew and tested private aircraft, was a flying instructor and then a Captain-pilot with Australian...


Lockheed F-104 Starfighter: Interceptor/ Strike/ Reconnaissance Fighter

by Dave Windle

The Starfighter was once described as 'a delight to fly, but one mistake and it will kill you'. It is one of the world's fastest fighters with a top speed of Mach 2.2 and a service ceiling of 58,000 feet. First...


Fighter Pilots in World War II: True Stories of Frontline Air Combat

by Bruce Halpenny

This is the story of Allied fighter pilots and the part they played in all the principal operational theatres of World War II. It also tells of life on the wartime airfield and how ground crew kept the aircraft...


Fighter! Fighter! Corkscrew Port!: Vivid Memories of Bomber Aircrew in World War Two

by Pat Cunningham

The young men who flew with RAF Bomber Command in World War Two were a complex mixture of individuals but they all shared the gift of teamwork. A crew of seven may have comprised all non-commissioned men and...


Profiles of Flight: Vought Corsair: F4U-1, F4U-1A, FG-1D, F4U-4, F4U-5NL, F4U-7, F2G-1

by Dave Windle

The Vought F4U was the best carrier based fighter of WW2. 12,571 aircraft were built and downed 2,140 enemy aircraft for the loss of only 189 Corsairs. It was developed early in 1938 for the US Navy. The designer,...


Silvered Wings: The Memoirs of Air Vice-Marshal Sir John Severne KCVO OBE AFC DL

by John Severne

John Severne joined the RAF in 1944 and gained his wings two months after World War II ended. This book captures the author's great passion for flying, whether it be in jet-fighters, light aircraft, helicopters...


Hit and Run

by Robert Jackson

The book describes some of the most daring air attacks of World War II. Some were outstanding successes and some were unmitigated disasters. North Sea Battle: In the early weeks of World War II, Britain and...


V Bombers: Vulcan, Valiant & Victor: Profiles of Flight

by Dave Windle & Martin Bowman

Britain's desire to stay at the leading edge in the design and development of modern jet powered aircraft was born in the later stages of World War Two. The RAF sent requests to the leading aircraft manufactures...


Mosquito: The Original Multi-Role Combat Aircraft

by Graham Simons

During the history of aviation there have been very few aircraft that have achieved immediate success when entering front-line service. The de Havilland Mosquito was one such aircraft. It was not designed to...


Profiles of Flight: Panavia Tornado: Strike, Anti-Ship, Air Superiority, Air Defence, Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare Fighter-Bomber

by Dave Windle

The Tornado has been the backbone of the RAF within its many different theaters of operation. The aircraft started as a European venture between Germany, Italy and the UK, based on the original swing-wing technology...


North American P-51 Mustang: Long-Range Fighter

by Dave Windle

The Mustang was born from a British WW2 specification to North American during 1940. The prototype was completed within 117 days but the RAF was not happy with the aircraft's performance and suggested replacing...


Profiles of Flight: Sepecat Jaguar: Tactical Support and Maritime Strike Fighter

by Dave Windle

This versatile single-seater aircraft was a joint development between the UK and France. It first flew in 1968, but its robust and flexible operational uses led to its long service life, only being retired from...


Middle East Air Power in the 21st Century

by Tim Ripley

The Middle East is potentially the world's major and most dangerous trouble spot. This book looks at why airpower is of such strategic and tactical importance in the area. It provides an overview of the state...


Flying the Buccaneer: Britain's Cold War Warrior

by Peter Caygill

Originally conceived as a carrier-born maritime attack aircraft, the Blackburn design included many original features such as Boundary Layer Control, a system which blew hot air over the flying surfaces to increase...


Dinghy Drop: 279 Squadron RAF 1941-1946

by Tom Docherty

September 1941 approval was given for the formation of two long-range Air-Sea Rescue squadrons. No 279 Squadron was formed at Bircham Newton in Norfolk. In the period leading up to the formation of the squadron...


By the Skin of My Teeth: Flying RAF Spitfires and Mustangs in World War II and USAF Sabre Jets in the Korean War

by Colin Downes

This is a memoir of flying with the Royal Air Force in war and peace during a career in military and civil aviation covering a half century. The text is filled with personal experiences, reminiscences and impressions...


Battle of Britain 1917: The First Heavy Bomber Raids on England

by Jonathan Sutherland

In the autumn of 1916 the Germans began to equip with the Gotha twin-engine bomber. The Gothas were designed to carry out attacks across the channel against Britain. A group of four squadrons was established...


Foreign Planes in the Service of the Luftwaffe (1938-1945)

by Jean-Louis Roba

No airforce in the Second World War would make more use of captured planes than the Luftwaffe. With this in mind, Jean-Louis Roba has undergone a considerable amount of work in tracking down hundreds of aircraft...


Royal Air Force 1918 to 1939: Volume 1 - 1918 to 1929

by Ian Philpott

The inter-war years between 1918 and 1939 saw the newly created Royal Air Force fighting for its very existence politically, being dispatched to the remotest corners of the British Empire and its Protectorates...