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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, ...

A History of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association Commemorating the Few

Product code:  65192AVI
In 1945 it was announced that Allied airmen who had taken part in the Battle of Britain in 1940 would be entitled to the immediate award of the 1939-1945 Star, with Battle of Britain Clasp. This was the only Clasp awarded with the 1939-1945 Star. In the following years holders of the Clasp held informal get-togethers. In 1958 the Battle of Britain Fighter Association (BBFA) was formed, with full membership only available to holders of the Battle of Britain Clasp. Lord Dowding was the first Pres...

Yellow Series: Mil Mi-8/17/171 Hip

Product code:  58280AVI
This publication covers the legendary Soviet multipurpose Mi-8 Hip helicopter. It describes not only the history and status of the original Mi-8 variants powered by TV2-117 engines starting with the V-8 prototype and the Mi-8MT (for export known as Mi-17) models powered by TV3-117 engines, but also the Mi-8AMT (Mi-171) family up to the latest Mi-8AMTSh-VN special operations variant. Each version is introduced by its development and production history and followed by details of its service and ex...

RAF College Cranwell - A Centenary Celebration

Product code:  12189AVI
We Seek the Highest has been the motto of the thousands of Officer Cadets who, over ten decades, have passed through the rigorous training regime at the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell, Lincolnshire. The words embody the College ethos: to strive to reach the tough standards demanded by the RAF, in the air and on the ground. This book tells the 100-year story from the point of view of the Officer Cadets themselves. The College was founded in 1919 - some eighteen months after the birth of the RA...

American Ghost Bases of Eastern England: Memories of the US Army Air Corps in World War Two

Product code:  43405AVI
With photos from past and present of both the bases and the aircraft that flew from them. This book takes a look at the history of the US ghost bases of Eastern England.

Fly Navy-The View from a Jungly Cockpit

Product code:  84108AVI
Often the unsung heroes, nonetheless the pilots and crews of the Jungly helicopters are a keystone of modern integrated naval warfare. These anecdotes are funny, poignant and reveal a less well known area of military aviation. There are probably more ex-servicemen and women from the rotary wing fraternity than fixed wing, so there is a big market to be tapped.

Flight Accidents in the 21st Century U.S. Air Force : The Facts of 40 Non-Combat Events

Product code:  74025AVI
Mid-flight non-combat malfunctions, mishaps, and blunders, occur frequently in the USAF during routine training and utility flights-sometimes unfortunately with the loss of life and regularly with the destruction of a military aircraft with a value of tens of millions-of-dollars. In the most extreme case presented here a B-2 Spirit bomber crashed soon after takeoff and was destroyed with a value of $2.2 billion. The events surrounding such accidents are meticulously gathered by USAF Investigator...

The First Helicopter Boys: The Early Days of Helicopter Operations-The Malayan Emergency 1947-60

Product code:  54134AVI
The Indonesian Confrontation that raged from 1963 to 1966 stemmed from Indonesia's opposition to the creation of Malaysia. Fighting in the challenging jungle terrain of Borneo. Commonwealth forces enjoyed the advantage of vastly superior helicopter resources and better trained crews - many of which were provided by British units. This book tells the story. During the Confrontation, many of these vital helicopter assets were flown by pilots and crews who had gained their knowledge and experien...

Gliding & Soaring in Britain The History of British Gliders and Sailplanes

Product code:  38355AVI
So large and heavy it would drop like a deadweight from the clouds, this is the ultimate word on gliding, which in Britain began in earnest in 1929 when the nation’s first gliding club was formed. Experimental flights followed and within months gliding clubs had sprung up all over Britain. The first British-designed gliders were made in Guildford, but it was soon realised that glider-making was an art of its own. Flying a glider involves understanding the atmosphere, with its moving air masses, ...

Scattering Chaff: Canadian Air Power and Censorship During the Kosovo War

Product code:  50306AVI2
Most Canadians know little, if anything at all, about the role of the Canadian Air Force in the 1999 Kosovo Air War. Yet lives were at put at stake as mission dedication and military skill were pushed to the limit. Some of Canada's most prominent journalists attempted to report on the war, but came away virtually empty handed. Daily briefings given at the National Defence Headquarters provided so little information most Ottawa journalists simply stopped going. The decision of the military to ch...

Aircraft Pictorial 9: Aircraft Painting Guide Vol 1

Product code:  19920AVI
Aircraft Pictorial 9 covers the interwar development of temporary camouflages, the creation of Dark Olive Drab and Neutral Gray paints, and the combination and standardization of the two colours as the Army Air Forces' basic camouflage scheme of World War II. The book includes:- 72 pages with 71 colour images, 46 Black and White images, and 8 contemporary drawings Manufacturing variations of standard paints Army-Navy camouflage agreements Desert camouflages Snow camouflages Anti-submarine camouf...