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Laker: The Glory Years of Sir Freddi
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Sir Freddie Laker one of Britian's most renowned entrepreneurs. The author looks at Sir Freddie early career including the Berlin airlift and Aviation traders. Onto Laker Airways and his battles with governments both in the UK and USA for the licences to fly his revolutionary Skytrain service. Looking at his brilliant and sometimes over ambitous business ventures and also looking at his turbulent personal life.
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The Javelin
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The Javelin experienced a protracted development period and did not enter RAF service until 1956. Progressing through nine operational marks, the Javelin proved to be more than capable of intercepting the Canberra at altitude. To keep pace with increasingly better performing Soviet bombers, the fighter's engines were progressively upgraded from 8,000 lb each in the Mk 1 to 12,300 lbs of thrust in the Mk 8. The Javelin remained the RAF's sole all-weather fighter until the arrival of the English Electric Lightning. Operating alongside the Lightning, the Javelin was retired from operational service in 1968 although one machine, now on display at IWM Duxford, remained in service with the A&AEE until 1975.
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Olympic Airways: A History
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The Olympic Airways story has a fascinating history. It is a story of evolution, conflict, personality and politics, all set against a backdrop of world and civil wars, coups and counter-coups. Although almost everyone had heard of the towering, controversial, leading figurehead who oversaw much of the central part of the story: Aristotle Socrates Onassis. His colourful life is threaded through this history, lending it drama and multiple levels of intrigue. The airline's story cannot be told in isolation. Olympic did not spring fully formed into being in 1957. The named company may have come into being then, but its roots were set much further back in history through a number of predecessor airlines - both national and international - who had been using the Hellenic Republic and Athina as the crossroads of the air for the Eastern Mediterranean since the dawn of aviation.
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Aircraft: Past and Present
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From the day when a machine made it possible to challenge Earth's gravitational force, aeronautics and later astronautics have fascinated humanity. This book features classic and little-known photographs of the planes that have marked the history of the sky's conquest, of the 20th-century's military conflicts, and the development of commercial air transport. Discover in over 300 photographs the heroes and pioneers that conquered the sky and the technology that permitted humans to fly.
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Planely Schmitz : An Airline Anthology
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"Schmitz's fascinating essays and articles provide a unique and enthralling perspective on the global commercial aviation scene."Craig West, Airliner World magazineSebastian Schmitz has been writing for the world's top aviation magazines for many years, including Airliner World, Airways, Air International among others, sharing with readers his tales of flying on some of the world's most colourful and exotic airlines to some of the most remote corners of the globe.For the first time, Astral Horizon Press have brought together the best of his work into an anthology, Planely Schmitz. Fly with him from obscure corners of Congo to islands off the coast of New England, from frozen Mongolia to tropical Caribbean islands, and even to the South Pole; and aboard all kinds of airliners, from Boeing and Airbus to Tupolev and Antonov.
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Yellow Series 6140: Messerschmitt Bf 1
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The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was the German World War II fighter aircraft that was the backbone of the Luftwaffe's fighter force. The G series, was introduced in mid-1942 and benefited from the powerful 1,455 horsepower DB 605 engine. This book describes and illustrates all the famous Bf 109 G variants with the DB 605 A engine. It explains in detail the technical aspects of all the different variants and is lavishly illustrated by specially commissioned colour artwork profiles, 1/72 scale plans for modellers and walk-around photographs of the plane and its systems in restored and stripped down examples.
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I''ll Call You Pod
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Having discovered that there is no official RAF history of the 1950s covering a particularly fraught period of the Cold War in Germany, the author decided to write down everything he could remember from that time when he served as part of the RAF’s 2nd Allied Tactical Air Force. This book is based on his memories, supported by the information recorded in his log books, in the hope that it will give future generations a wider as well as deeper view of this era. In addition to recounting the minutiae of RAF life, ‘Pod' recalls his career from National Serviceman to Flight Lieutenant, and the drama of flying the first jet fighters close to the border with East Germany. Part history, part memoir, I'll Call You Pod will appeal to anyone with an interest in aircraft, the Cold War as seen from the air and on radar, and life in Her Majesty's Royal Air Force in the mid-twentieth century.
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Blackbushe: London''s lost Airport 1
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This book takes a look at Blackbushe Airport. During its time as a RAF base from 1942 to 1944. Then covers the period 1944 to 1960 when it became a civil Airport. Includes the history of the Airlines that used the airport during the post war period. A in-depth look including numerous colour photos.
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Flying Boats : Air Travel in the G
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Flying Boats: Air Travel in the Golden Age sets out to do justice to a time of glamorous, unhurried air travel, unrecognisable to most of today's air travellers, but sorely missed by some. During the 1930s, long-distance air travel was the preserve of the flying boat, which transported well-heeled passengers in ocean-liner style and comfort across the oceans. But then the Second World War came, and things changed. Suddenly, landplanes were more efficient, and in abundance: long concrete runways had been constructed during the war that could be used by a new generation of large transport aircraft; and endless developments in aircraft meant they could fly faster and for further distances. Commercial flying boat services resumed, but their days would be numbered.
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Colours in the Sky : The History o
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Covered in detail is the introduction, demonstration and use of the Lockheed TriStar wide-bodied airliner, the first of the type used in the Inclusive Tour business. Court Line Aviation and Tom Gullick's Clarksons Holidays brought to the forefront the concept of value-for-money Inclusive Tour holidays following the 'vertical integration' business model whereby owning and controlling each step of the holiday allowed the company to make a small profit at every stage. The orange, pink, turquoise and yellow jets brought flashes of colour to dreary British airports, and quickly streamed a multi-coloured rainbow across European skies to Mediterranean destinations and even further afield. Truly they did indeed put Colours in the Sky!
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Jet Airliners of the World-Airbus
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Complete production list of all AIRBUS types up to May 2018 (except A400M). Including Bombardier's C series. Includes 12,000 aircraft.
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Shackleton Boys: Vol 1: True Stories
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Essentially a development of the Avro Lancaster via the later Lincoln, the Avro Shackleton was the RAF's first line of defence in the maritime role from 1951 for twenty years. The `Old Grey Lady', the `Growler', `20,000 rivets in loose formation', but mostly known simply as the `Shack', it is viewed with great affection by those who flew and maintained it. In addition to its traditional sub-hunting role, it was also used extensively for search and rescue operations. Operating around the world with squadrons based in the UK, the Mediterranean, Middle East and Far East, `Shacks' were also used to support the blockade of oil supplies to Rhodesia during the UDI crisis in the '60s and '70s, and searching for gun-running boats during the Indonesian Confrontation. Original photographs and extensive appendices.
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Cold War Shield-RAF Fighter Squadrons 19
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In Volume 3 the author looks at the Swift, Hunter, Javelin & early Lightning squadrons. in the period 1950 to 1960. in depth research by the author with exhaustive interviews with air and ground crews who served during this period. Containing numerous photos tables and illustrations.
£69.50
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Vought F-8 Crusader 1955-99
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French Text book with captions in English. Containing high quality illustrations and various liveries.
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Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird: The Illustrate
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Starting in April 1958 to the first flight thirty two months later this tell the story of SR-71 spy plane to the present day. The only operational Mach 3 aircraft, looking at all 50 aircraft built. With an abundance of photos and illustrations.
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B-52 Stratofortress: Boeing''s Iconic%
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This book documents the aircraft design and development, its modifications and upgrades to present day. We look at its role in the early years of the Cold War, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
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