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Short Brothers: The Rochester Years
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Short Brothers was established in 1908, the first British aircraft manufacturer, with the company moving to Rochester during the early years of the First World War. At Rochester Shorts produced some of their most famous aircraft, beginning with a number of designs for the Royal Naval Air Service. During the inter-war years the company specialised in large flying boats, these undertaking pioneering flights while establishing a series of regular over water air routes operated by Imperial Airways.
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The Story of the McDonnell Douglas MD-
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After creating the successful but controversial DC-10 jetliner in the 1970s, McDonnell Douglas updated the type to create the MD-11 in the early 1990s. A lack of resources and time meant the MD-11 became much less - a sales flop with a questionable safety record - and much more - a unique three-engines machine in the twin-jet era that went on to have a long and interesting career both in passenger operations and freight hauling. This book shows the development of the aircraft with a detailed look at the history of Douglas, the path through the DC-10 to the MD-11, it's troubled entry into service, and its second wind as a reliable cargo hauler.
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Cargopilot
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Christiaan Van Heijst is a 747 pilot and one of the world's leading aviation photographers. Cargopilot is a heavyweight luxury coffee table volume bringing together over 200 of his photos from the cockpit and from the ramp on six continents, from technically fascinating views of the operation of the Boeing 747 to evocative earthscapes and the rare sight of other aircraft in flight. Christiaan was also witness to a unique phenomenon, which lit up the floor of the Pacific Ocean at night as his cargo jet flew overhead.
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The Flying Boat That Fell to Earth:%
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Half boat, half aeroplane, taking off in a thrilling tumult of spray, the flying boat was the journey of a lifetime, Imperial Airways' legendary Empire boats flying up the Nile in nightly hops and alighting on lakes and in harbours all the way down to South Africa. But in 1939 the Empire boat Corsair came down in fog on a tiny river in the Belgian Congo and, through an epic salvage operation, gave its name to a new village in an obscure backwater of Central Africa. The Flying Boat That Fell to Earth, re-published with a new Afterword, tells the story of this amazing adventure, and seeks out, from Alaska to the Bahamas, the very last places on earth where it was still possible to catch a flying boat.
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Race Across the Atlantic : Alcock an
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It was Tuesday, 15 July 1919 and for the residents of Clifden on Ireland's west coast this was not to be a normal day. Just before 08.40 hours, descending out of the gloom, came a large, twin-engine aeroplane lining up for final approach. One or two on-lookers recognised the danger straight away for this was an area of soft bog, but their attempts to alert the pilot were in vain. The aircraft began to sink and, with a squelch, came to a sudden stop, the tail rearing up in the air. Dazed and with fuel filling the cockpit the two-man crew scrambled out, grabbing what they could. After a flight lasting 16 hours and 28 minutes, Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten-Brown had won the race to be the first to fly non-stop across the Atlantic.
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Heathrow Airport : Yesterday, Today
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Love it or loathe it, Heathrow is the United Kingdom's largest and most important airport by a distance. It currently serves over 190 routes to more than 80 countries. Over 100 billion of imports and exports are handled every year, making it the UK's primary port by value. This fascinating book traces the often controversial development of the airport over the last 70 years from the most humble of beginnings. Thanks to the author's in-depth knowledge the arguments for and against the building of a third runway are thoroughly and objectively described. There have been, and indeed still are, those who advocate building a brand new hub airport for London but it is a fact that Heathrow has long been the cornerstone of the local economy, providing jobs for over 70,000 staff.
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America''s Round-Engine Airliners
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Some of the most significant engineering and technological breakthroughs of the last century centered on the development of piston aero engines from the 1920s through to the 1950s when they began to be supplanted by jet engines. This book explains in detailed, well illustrated, and easy-to-understand terms how these piston-powered radial engine airliners developed throughout this long era.
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Scottish Aviation Bulldog - Trainer for%
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Scottish Aviation Bulldog: Trainer for the World tells the story of the Bulldog from its inception at Beagle as a military trainer derivative of the Pup for Sweden, its troubled gestation with the demise of Beagle and eventual production by Scottish Aviation, its 28-year service with the Royal Air Force and many other air forces around the world and subsequent use by private owners. Author Tom Wenham gives readers everything they need to know about the design, development, production and usage with histories of each Bulldog built.
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Classic Gatwick Propliners
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Back in the 1960s and '70s Gatwick became a hub for aircraft enthusiasts and photographers who, thanks to the viewing decks, could get up close to the aircraft and enjoy the eclectic mix of new jetliners and old propeller airliners. Tom Singfield, author and a fan of all classic airliners, has long dreamt of a book showcasing the glory days of Gatwick's classic airliners. After thirty years of searching out the very best colour images of that time, he is now able to publish the results of his searches in this book. These stunning pictures celebrate those wonderful times and the amazing and much missed `propliners' that operated from Gatwick for the first twenty years after its reopening in 1958.
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Flying Tiger Memories
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Flying Tiger Memories tells the story of one of the world's most legendary airlines, through the eyewitness stories and memories of its employees, pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and friends. From a group of American pilots fighting in China during World War 2, the Flying Tiger Line is born, the airline who can do anything, through the golden piston prop days of Commandos and Connies to the Jet Age with the Boeing 707, Douglas DC-8, Boeing 747 Jumbo, all the way up to the 1989 billion-dollar merger that made FedEx a global brand. Daring tales of bravery, incredible stories of survival, and a lot of laughs along the way.
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Famous Russian Aircraft Mikoyan MiG-29 %
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Revised & Updated edition with previously unpublished information and photos. Designed as a mass-produced and relatively cheap light tactical fighter, the MiG-29 first flew on 6th October 1977. After extensive flight testing, it entered production in 1982 and deliveries to the Soviet Air Force began in 1983. In addition to its main counter-air role, the aircraft had a useful air-to-ground capability, carrying free-fall bombs and unguided rockets. From the outset the MiG-29 had been steadily developed beyond the fourth generation with changes to the airframe, avionics and weapons systems and new variants were produced in the early 2000s.
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Civil Aircraft Markings 2019
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This 70th annual edition is the most complete listing of all aircraft currently on the UK Register of Civil Aircraft – over 22,000 entries ranging from historic biplanes through to the latest airliners, and also covering light aircraft, microlights, helicopters, balloons and gliders of every type. For each entry the registration marks, exact aircraft type and owner or operator is given. In addition the civil aircraft registers of Ireland, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man are listed as well as sections from overseas registers of aircraft commonly visiting the UK.
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Wings Above the Planet: The History
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The Ukraine based Antonov company had its origins in the Soviet era Antonov Design Bureau which latterly had been working on large transport aircraft. Created in the late 1980s in the turbulent post-Soviet era, the new company began to focus on this aspect of the international aviation market. Antonov Airlines was the first to offer the services of the most capable heavy-lift aircraft in serial production, the An-124 Ruslan, laying the foundations for a new sector of that market, the transportation of oversized and super-heavy cargoes. Since its formation, the enormous variety and types of cargoes that have been carried by the airline is extraordinary ranging from live chickens, tanks, railway locomotives, to boats and other aircraft. The list is almost endless and without the mighty An-124 Ruslan, many of these cargoes could never have travelled by air.
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BAe I46 Whisperjet: Britain''s Most%
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This book tells the full story of the BAe 146, a short-haul airliner produced between 1983 and 2002. It has been operated by several airlines around the world and an adapted version with a countermeasures suite is also part of Britain's Royal Squadron. The BAe 146 and its later version, the Avro RJ, are also used as VIP transports, military transports and aerial firefighting tankers. In this comprehensive book, experienced aircraft expert David Oliver provides an unparalleled analysis of the development, production, service and deployment of this agile and adaptable aircraft.
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Victor Boys: True Stories from Forty%2
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The Handley Page Victor was the third of the three V Bombers and the most long lasting, serving in the RAF until 1993, and still doing invaluable service in the first Iraq war. Moreover, in 1982 it was only the Victor tanker fleet based on Ascension Island that made possible the Vulcan Black Buck bombing of Port Stanley airfield and the long-range reconnaissance of Argentina by Nimrods. Victor Boys tells the story of all the great things that were achieved, recounted first hand by the operators themselves, aircrew and ground crew.
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Valiant Boys: True Tales from the Op
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There are tales of testing atom bombs in the Australian desert, dropping hydrogen bombs in the middle of the Pacific and, as a complete contrast, attacking airfields with conventional bombs in Egypt during the very brief and abortive Suez campaign. We are reminded of how the Valiant provided the UKs first nuclear deterrent by always having some armed aircraft on stand-by twenty-four hours a day, supported by their air and ground crews, ready to be flown at a moments notice on a one-way trip to launch an atomic war. Some Valiants were given a photographic role providing accurate images from high altitude and were used not only to gather military intelligence but also to survey the UK and countries overseas.
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