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The Golden Years of Matchbox Art

Product code:  92684AVI
In 1973 an exciting new range of ‘pocket money’ model kits was launched in the UK, much to the delight of schoolboys up and down the country. These Matchbox kits were cheap, simple to make and moulded in two or three different coloured plastics so that the younger modellers didn’t even need to paint them. The most memorable thing about them however, wasn’t the multi-coloured plastic or the slightly eccentric choice of subjects, it was the dynamic and action packed box-art, painted almost exclusi...

A Detailed History of RAF Manston 1945-1999

Product code:  57648AVI
Having been classified by the Air Ministry as a 'Master Diversion' airfield, RAF Manston was for many years open twenty-four hours a day and available to both civil and military aircraft 365 days a year. It was also later equipped with the Pyrene foam system, which both civil and military aircraft could use when they had problems with their undercarriage: there is no doubt that the foam carpet saved many lives. The most spectacular occasion that it was used was on 20 April 1967 when a British Ea...

Seek and Strike: RAF Bruggen in War and Peace

Product code:  58422AVI
Seek and Strike - RAF Bruggen in War and Peace is an anecdotal history of the largest RAF station in Germany. Optimised for a new breed of aircraft, and to NATO requirements, this huge airfield was cut out of the Elmpt Forest, on the German border with Holland, and completed in one year to become operational in 1953. First occupied by a fighter wing equipped with Vampires, Sabres and Hunters, its Seek and Strike' motif took on real meaning when the station re-equipped with strike, attack and rec...

British Airfields of the Second World War

Product code:  23957AVI
The Second World War airfields peppered around Britain are among the most visible and widespread reminders of this devastating conflict. Some are now almost forgotten or built over; others have become museums, industrial estates or parkland; and some have been adapted and remain in operation today. In this beautifully illustrated history, aviation historian Stuart Hadaway explains the crucial part airfields played between 1939 and 1945, detailing their construction and expansion; their facilitie...

Under B-Conditions

Product code:  05349AVI
B-Conditions identity markings have been applied to British aircraft used for experimental purposes and flight testing since their introduction in 1929. They are neither a civil registration nor a military serial number. They provide an identity to aircraft which do not yet have a Certificate of Airworthiness and are used prior to being placed on the civil or military aircraft register. There is no official B-Conditions register. With the temporary nature of these markings, details of their usag...

MIL Mi-24 Attack Helicopter: In Soviet Russian and Worldwide Service 1972 to Present

Product code:  58678AVI
The Mil Mi-24 Soviet/Russian gunship and attack helicopter has been in continuous combat service since its first appearance in the early 1970s. Its impressive performance, ability to transport fully armed troops, and imposing armament soon earned the Mi-24 the nickname “Crocodile” and have made the big helicopter an opponent that is still feared to this day. The Mi-24’s technical, developmental, and operational details, as well as upgrades and variants, all are discussed here. Included are discu...

Le SA 330 Puma

Product code:  80279AVI
Designed to meet the needs of ALAT (Army Light Aviation, looking for a new tactical transport helicopter in the aftermath of the Algerian war), the Puma was a great success in the military field, in France and abroad, but also in the civilian market. He has participated in most of the conflicts and crises of the last forty years, from the Falklands to the Sahel, via the Balkans or Angola. More than fifty years after his first flight, and as the end of his career approaches, here is for the fir...

Flight Through the Ages: A Fiftieth Anniversary Tribute to the Guild of Aviation Artists

Product code:  63778AVI
Flight Through the Ages' was the title of the first annual exhibition of the Guild of Aviation Artists in 1971. This book celebrates 50 years of exhibitions and includes paintings by some one hundred Guild artists, past and present, depicting aircraft from the earliest airborne activities through to the present day. There are balloons and airships, fighters and bombers from both world wars, including Spitfires and Lancasters, airliners from the early years of air travel through Concorde and on t...

RAF Airfields Ground Attacks - Britian's Defences to Counter German Attacks in 1940

Product code:  84138AVI
If you want to know: What aircraft/airfields we had What defences we had What strategy we had Who was in charge How it was linked How the Germans were organised? What their strategy was What resources they had About the intelligence war on both sides What attacks happened where and when and what damage was done What citations were given Lots more It’s all in this remarkable compendium. Ideal for anyone with an interest in history – academic or otherwise.

WWP B021 Apache Part Two - AH-64D/E and IDF Saraf Variants

Product code:  09722AVI
Contains a plethora of colour photos. Content covers history, walkaround, interior-detail, engine detail and chassis detail.

New Vanguard 276: German Guided Missiles of World War II Fritz-X to Wasserfall and X4

Product code:  31798AVI
Although not as well-known as the V-1 buzz bomb and the V-2 missile, the first German missiles to see combat were anti-ship missiles, the Henschel Hs.293 guided missile and the Fritz-X guided bomb. These began to see extensive combat in the Mediterranean in 1943. In their most famous use, the Italian battleship Roma was sunk by a Fritz-X attack in September 1943 when Italy attempted to switch sides.

Champions of Flight: Clayton Knight and William Heaslip Artists Who Chronicled Aviation from the Great War to Victory in WWII

Product code:  07793AVI2
Champions of Flight celebrates the work of Clayton Joseph Knight (1891-1969) and William John Heaslip (1898-1970), the two preeminent American aviation artists of their time, who chronicled the golden age of aviation - from Charles Lindbergh's epochal transatlantic flight through the most devastating war in world history (1927-1945). Knight and Heaslip were experienced military men and formally trained artists who, combining an authenticity of experience and an artistic mastery of illustration, ...