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Pacific Thunder : The US Navy''s%2
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On 27 October 1942, four 'Long Lance' torpedoes fired by the Japanese destroyers Makigumo and Akigumo exploded in the hull of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8). Minutes later, the ship that had launched the Doolitte Raid six months earlier slipped beneath the waves of the Coral Sea. Of the pre-war carrier fleet the Navy had struggled to build over 15 years, only three were left: USS Enterprise, which had been badly damaged in the battle of Santa Cruz; USS Saratoga (CV-3) which lay in dry dock, victim of a Japanese submarine torpedo; and the USS Ranger (CV-4), which was in the mid-Atlantic on her way to support Operation Torch. For the American naval aviators licking their wounds in the aftermath of this defeat, it would be difficult to imagine that within 24 months of this event, Zuikaku, the last survivor of the carriers that had attacked Pearl Harbour, would lie at the bottom of the sea. Alongside it lay the other surviving Japanese carriers, sacrificed as lures in a failed attempt to block the American invasion of the Philippines, leaving the United States to reign supreme on the world's largest ocean. Now publishing in paperback, this is the fascinating account of the Central Pacific campaign, one of the most stunning comebacks in naval history, as in just 14 months the US Navy went from the jaws of defeat to the brink of victory in the Pacific.
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Airframe Detail 6 The Focke-Wulf Ta 15
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Detailed guide which includes a wealth of historical and modern photographs and a detailed study of the structure, equipment and armament used. Contains pages of isometric views of all prototype and production airframes in addition to colour profiles. Final section includes lists of kits, accessories and decals produced in all scales
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Aircraft of the Aces:
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Initially designed as a fast medium bomber, the Junkers Ju 88 was also used as a Zerstoerer heavy fighter by the Luftwaffe. It saw its combat debut over Poland in 1939, and heavy fighter variants saw action on every front up to VE Day. The ultimate Ju 88 fighter variant was the G-model of 1944, which boasted a FuG 220 or 227 radar, an astounding array of cannon and machine gun armament and advanced Junkers Jumo or BMW engines. A dedicated nightfighter, the first Ju 88G-1s entered service with the Nachtjagd in the summer of 1944, replacing Ju 88C/Rs as well as some Bf 110Gs. Despite suffering heavy losses in the final months of the war, Ju 88Gs also inflicted serious casualties on Bomber Command throughout the war. From patrolling over the Bay of Biscay, to the Arctic circle opposing Allied convoys and, most successfully, as radar-equipped nightfighters engaging RAF heavy bombers during defence of the Reich operations from late 1941, this is the story of the Ju 88 aces who menaced Allied aircraft and shipping throughout World War 2.
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The Bulgarian Air Force in the Second%
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Like many European air arms, the history of the Bulgarian Air Force between 1939 and 1945 was eventful and rather dramatic. A small country, located in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, the Kingdom of Bulgaria entered into the fourth decade of the century as a still-neutral, but in fact strongly pro-German state. So it was not a surprise when it eventually joined the Axis on 1 March 1941, declaring war on both Britain and the US six months later. In the course of the war the moderate and poorly-equipped air arm of late 1930s steadily matured during the wartime years into a small but capable force, able to mount fierce resistance to the Allied bomber raids against the country's capital Sofia in late 1943 and early 1944. Only a few hours following the 9 September 1944 pro-Allied coup in Sofia, the Bulgarian air arm was immediately rushed into operation against the armed forces of the yesterday's partner - Nazi Germany. After the end of the war, Bulgaria fell in total dependency on the Soviet Union as a direct result from the 1944 Yalta agreement of 'spheres of influence' division of Europe. The Bulgarian air force was radically reformed in the Soviet style and rapidly re-equipped with huge numbers of front-line aircraft, supplied by the new 'brother in arms'. This study features a large number of rare and previously unseen photographs accompanied by specially-commissioned colour artwork showing camouflage and markings.
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How to Build Tamiya''s 1:48 Superm
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A detailed analysis of this kit. Includes step by step tips and techniques for building the ultimate model, cockpit and engine detail, painting and finishing, after market accessories etc.
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Duel 91 Hellcat vs Shiden/Shiden-Kai Pac
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By the early months of 1944 in the Pacific, the US Navy's burgeoning force of carrier-based F6F-3/5 Hellcats had pretty much wiped the skies clear of Japanese fighters during a series of one-sided aerial engagements. However, starting in October they faced the superb Kawanishi N1K1/2 Shiden/Shiden-Kai, a formidable fighter with improved armament, a powerful engine and excellent manoeuvrability that in contrast to earlier Japanese fighters had the ability to withstand a greater degree of battle damage. Japanese pilots using this aircraft would claim more than 170 aerial victories over Kyushu and whilst escorting Kamikazes attacking Allied ships off Okinawa.US Navy Hellcat pilots in turn were credited with many of the scores of Shiden-Kais that were downed attempting to defend Japan. This fully illustrated book compares these two fascinating aircraft, using specially commissioned artwork, first-hand accounts and a thorough technical analysis.
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Meng AIR Modeller 81 Feb/Mar 2019
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Break Left - Tamiya's New 1:48 Spitfire Flyby. Plus much more.
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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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Haynes: Supermarine Rolls Royce S6B
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On 13 September 1931 the Schneider Trophy was won outright for Britain on Southampton Water by Flt Lt John Boothman flying Supermarine S6B, S1595, with a record-breaking average speed of 379.08mph. Ralph Pegram relates the story of the Schneider Trophy competitions and describes the development of British high-speed seaplane designs. He examines the anatomy of the S6B (including the Rolls-Royce R engine), as well as giving rare insights into its flying characteristics and how it was maintained, operated and – of course – raced in the final competition.
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Wings of the Black Cross Number 11
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Photo album of Luftwaffe Aircraft with captions. Four pages of colour profiles. With rare photos of a Bf 109 as flown by Oblt. Josef "Pips" Priller and numerous other interesting Luftwaffe Aircraft.
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The Spitfire Pocket Manual: 1939-1945
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Developed in 1938 from a Schneider trophy-winning design by the aeronautical engineer and designer R.J Mitchell, the Supermarine Spitfire went on to become the definitive Allied fighter of the Second World War, and ranks amongst the most famous aircraft of all time. This pocket manual presents an accessible collection of fascinating historical documents to help readers explore the technical and tactical developments relating to the design and use of this famous aircraft. Sources include the Air Ministry's original specification for a single-seater day and night fighter, handling trials of the Spitfire prototype K-5054, squadron fighting tactics, pilot's log books and pilot's notes for the Mark V, air group reports and tactical papers. Collectively these give a unique insight into the Spitfire, illustrating its durability and adaptability in performing many war-winning roles. With illustrations and an introduction by historian Martin Robson, The Spitfire Pocket Manual is an essential volume for any Spitfire enthusiast.
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Aero Magazine 51 Messerschmitt Bf109A&B
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Czech text. Lavishly illustrated magazine focusing on the development, service, technical description and camouflage schemes.
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Aircraft Photobook 3-Ukraine Air Force S
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This Lavishly illustrated monograph covering the Su-27 of the Ukraine Air Force. The book contains an overview, scale drawings, detailed walkaround colour photos, illustrations of the airframe structure and camouflage schemes, modelling sections. In both Japanese and English language.
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B-17 Flying Fortress
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Designed in the mid-1930s, originally to protect the coasts of the US from hostile warships, the Boeing B-17 went on to become a mainstay of Allied bombing raids against Nazi Germany. Unremitting and crushing attacks by hordes of these `Flying Fortresses' helped bring the Third Reich to its knees and drove the German high command to consider ever more desperate antidotes to aerial intruders. More than 12,700 B-17s were delivered between 1937 and 1945. The B-17 Flying Fortress gives a complete account of the aircraft from its appearance in response to a 1934 Army Air Corps specification to its retirement. The book opens with the B-17's design and development history, which saw its armament steadily increase until it bristled with no less than 13 12.7mm (0.5in) machine guns. The B-17 Flying Fortress then identifies the units that operated this legendary bomber, and explains how missions were flown, before going on to chart the aircraft's wartime career. The final chapter details the B-17 variants, including the YB-40, a bomber converted to a 30-gun escort. Technical information is presented in three appendices and includes specifications of the B-17 and comparisons with its major rivals. The B-17 Flying Fortress is illustrated throughout with detailed artworks and photographs.
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Legends of Warfare: Consolidated B-24
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The B-24 Liberator remains to this day the world's most-produced heavy bomber and multi-engine aircraft, and the most produced military aircraft in US history, with almost 19,000 examples leaving the assembly lines of five plants. Through a broad range of photos gathered from around the world, this book chronicles the design, development, and wartime use of the iconic early models of the B-24athose featuring the so-called "glass nose"afrom the assembly line to their use in the famous raid on the refineries at Ploesti, Romania, in 1943. The story of these iconic early WWII aircraft is told through carefully researched photos, many of which have never before been published, which are reproduced in remarkable clarity. Large clear photos, coupled with descriptive and informative captions, unlock the secrets of this aircraft. Part of the Legends of Warfare series.
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Le Focke Wulf 200 Condor
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French language book looking at this iconic aircraft. Detailed articles, photos and illustrations.
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