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X Planes 10 Northrop Flying Wings
25070AVI
Half a century before the 'flying wing' B-2 stealth bomber entered service, John K. `Jack' Northrop was already developing prototypes of a large 'flying wing' strategic bomber, which would have been the most radical bombers of their age. World War II brought a need for very long-range bombers and Northrop received a contract for a 172-ft span bomber, the B-35. Several of these were built, gradually evolving into the definitive XB-35 configuration. Testing revealed that the aircraft was invisible to radar, but engineers struggled to overcome the design challenges and several pilots were lost in crashes. While the program was cancelled in the 1950s, the concept extended into other highly innovative areas, such as the XP-56 and MX-324 Rocket Wing prototype fighters.
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Modern Chinese Warplanes
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An in-depth analysis and directory of modern Chinese air power. The study includes the latest developments emerging from behind the `Great Wall', including the J-20 stealth fighter programme, Y-20 strategic transport and the latest developments in UAVs that are equipping a rapidly modernising air arm. The centrepiece consists of almost 100 fully illustrated pages detailing the organisational structure of the air force, providing an easy-to-use review of all known flying units, their equipment and their markings. No other book has ever attempted to present this level of accuracy in this way: Modern Chinese Air Power portrays the PLAAF in a degree of detail that was previously unavailable.
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Flightcraft 16 Hawker Hunter
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The Hawker Hunter is one of Britain's classic post-war jet aircraft. Initially introduced in 1954 as a swept-wing, transonic, single-seat day interceptor, it rapidly succeeded the first-generation jet fighters in RAF service such as the Gloster Meteor (see Flight Craft 13) and the de Havilland Venom. Powered by the then newly developed Rolls-Royce Avon turbojet, the Hunter's performance transformed the RAF's day fighter squadrons from the mid-1950s until the advent of the English Electric Lightning from the early 1960s.
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Bookazine Apollo 11-50th Anniversary
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This magazine contains a plethora of photos and graphics with insightful articles.
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Warpaint 118 NAA B-45 Tornado
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Detailed history of this aircraft which includes history and development, camouflage schemes, line drawings, in detail and a list of available kits.
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Polish Wings 25: Fokker E.V/D. VIII
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This new book in the popular Polish Wings series tells the story of the famous German parasol-winged WWI fighter monoplane in Polish Air Force service. The Polish Air Force captured 17 of these Fokkers, but only seven (six E.V and one D.VIII) were in airworthy condition. All were used against Bolshevik forces in the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-1920. Lieutenant Stefan Stec earned the first kill for the Polish Air Force, by shooting down a Ukrainian Nieuport fighter on 29 April 1919. In 1921, the remaining Fokkers were withdrawn from front-line units and transferred to the Szkola Obslugi Lotniczej (Air Personnel School) at Poznan-Lawica airfield. The book includes over 120 photographs and nearly 30 colour plates to profusely illustrate these aircraft.
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Air Campaign 8: Operation Linebacker 1
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At Easter 1972, North Vietnam invaded the South, and there were almost no US ground troops left to stop it. But air power reinforcements could be rushed to the theater. Operation Linebacker's objective was to destroy the invading forces from the air and cut North Vietnam's supply routes - and luckily in 1972, American air power was beginning a revolution in both technology and tactics. Most crucial was the introduction of the first effective laser-guided bombs, but the campaign also involved the fearsome AC-130 gunship and saw the debut of helicopter-mounted TOW missiles. Thanks to the new Top Gun fighter school, US naval aviators now also had a real advantage over the MiGs. This is the fascinating story of arguably the world's first "modern" air campaign. It explains how this complex operation - involving tactical aircraft, strategic bombers, close air support and airlift - defeated the invasion. It also explains the shortcomings of the campaign, the contrasting approaches of the USAF and Navy, and the impact that Linebacker had on modern air warfare.
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Colors & Markings of the F-102 Delta
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Colors & Markings of the F-102 Delta Dagger is the second book in Detail & Scale’s Digital Colors & Markings Series covering iconic military aircraft of the 20th Century. Between 1984 and 1994, Detail & Scale produced 24 titles in our Colors & Markings Series of books, but the series was discontinued because of limitations then existing in the printing business. With the advent of digital publications, this acclaimed series has returned, and this second volume in the series shows the benefits of digital publishing at its best. The book covers the three primary color schemes used on the F-102 Delta Dagger in detail, and provides coverage of every operational squadron that flew the famed Deuce. Sixty-five fighter interceptor squadrons are covered spanning the five major commands that operated the F-102: Air Defense Command (ADC), Alaskan Air Command (AAC), United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), and the Air National Guard. Colors & Markings of the F-102 Delta Dagger comprehensively covers this iconic member of the Century Series of fighters with over 370 pages, 520 photographs, 352 of which are in color, 48 full color aircraft profiles, and additional illustrations including paint diagrams. Along with the first volume in the series, Colors & Markings of U. S. Navy F-14 Tomcats, Part 1: Atlantic Coast Squadrons, this series sets the standard for covering squadron usage of iconic military aircraft.
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Images of War: The Desert Air War
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he war in air over North Africa and the Mediterranean during the Second World War has long been overshadowed by the battle on the ground. Between 1940 and 1943 Italy's Regia Aeronautica and then Germany's Luftwaffe waged a concerted aerial campaign against the British, yet apart from the bitter fight for Malta, this aspect of the conflict is rarely given the attention it deserves. Anthony Tucker-Jones, in this vivid photographic history, provides a fascinating introduction to it. The wartime photographs, and the concise text, cover the entire course of the struggle in the air. The Regia Aeronautica at first met weak British opposition when Mussolini launched his ill-advised offensive against British-controlled Egypt, but the obsolete Italian aircraft proved to be no match for the Allied fighters once the strength of the Royal Air Force built up. Then, when Hitler stepped in to help his hapless ally, the aerial struggle intensified, and the air forces of both sides were locked in deadly combat in the skies over Egypt, Libya, the Mediterranean and Tunisia. The wide range of Italian, British, German and American aircraft involved, the air and ground crews from all sides, and the conditions in which they operated and fought are all shown in this varied selection of photographs.
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The Aviation Historian Issue 26
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Demonstrating the astonishing pace at which technology moved in the “Century of Aviation”, 2019 marks 50 years since the first flight of Concorde, which regularly retraced Alcock and Brown’s transatlantic steps in little more than 3hr. And that’s not to mention mankind finally reaching the Moon in July 1969. With so much to celebrate – and so much still to explore – let’s get going with this first 2019 edition of The Aviation Historian, our 26th quarterly issue! It contains its own celebratory flourish, in the shape of a double gatefold which opens out to reveal details of the RAF Far East Flight’s tour to Australia in 1927–28. Our cover story this time features test pilot Wg Cdr James Addams. Never heard of him? That’s because he was a rare beast – a Brit who was posted to California in 1938 and played a major role in evaluating American aircraft for possible adoption by the RAF. Matt Bearman describes how he was instrumental in rejecting the Lockheed P-38 Lightning for British use.
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Spotlight On: Junkers Ju88a
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This book is the latest in a new reference series for aircraft modellers called "Spotlight On" and presents detailed illustrations of the "A" versions of the famous German WWII bomber. The Junkers Ju 88 was a twin-engined multi-role combat aircraft. Junkers Flugzeug- und Motorenwerke (JFM) designed the plane in the mid-1930s as a so-called Schnellbomber (fast bomber) that would be too fast for fighters of its era to intercept. It became one of the Luftwaffe's most important aircraft. The book contains 40 specially-commissioned colour plan and profile views of many sub-versions, illustrating different camouflage, colours and markings, including a captured Swiss Ju 88.
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Jakab 35-B-24 Liberator Handbook Vol2
50737AVI
Czech language book. This book is a study of the B-24 Liberator covering the historical background of the aircraft. It includes a detailed analysis, scaled drawings, tables and liveries of the aircraft. Plus features numerous colour, black & white photos.
£39.90
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Ty-142 Ty-160 Ty-95MC Ty-22M3
40226AVI
This is book takes a in-depth look at the Russian Aircraft Ty series. Contains colour photos, equipment specifications and its various rolls during service. In Russian language.
£119.00
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Italian Aviation Series Tornado Air Defe
23146AVI
Looks at origins and developments, in service with the Italian Air Force. Modellers notes, technical data and serial numbers.
£19.99
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Italian Aviation Series Tornado IDS ECR
23145AVI
Looks at origins and developments, in service with the Italian Air Force. Modellers notes, technical data and serial numbers.
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Bookazine F-15 Eagle
76685AVI
This magazine contains a plethora of photos and graphics with insightful articles.
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