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Gunship Ace: The Wars of Neall Ellis, Helicopter Pilot and Mercenary

Product code:  09438AVI
The days of Congo and Angola when you had the image of mercenaries as drunken guys going around shooting up the place has gone - the people you find now, are well-trained, professional soldiers, special forces trained. Neall Ellis Praise for Al J. Venter. A disturbing insight into the ever growing world of unconventional private armies. Like it or not, Venter tells it to us the way it is. A former South African Air Force pilot who saw action throughout the region from the 1970s, Neall Ellis is ...

British Special Projects: Flying Wings, Deltas and Tailless Designs

Product code:  58058AVI
This book takes a carefully considered look at the history of many lesser known but nevertheless advanced British flying wing, delta and tailless aircraft that stretch across much of the last century. The emphasis is on classified projects considered for research or military purposes, but also includes those aircraft that were built, flown and entered service.

The Strongest Link - A Pictorial History of Biggin Hill Aerodrome Through Two World Wars & Beyond

Product code:  69866AVI
AUTHOR SIGNED COPY - Established during the latter part of the First World War, then afterwards the build-up of the aerodrome during the 1920 and 1930 which saw advances in technology and aircraft. The Second World War period forms the largest section covering the five years of war, when the aerodrome played significant roles during Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and when the squadrons took the fight back across the Channel against the Nazis and finally brought freedom to an occupied Europe. Im...

Dorset Aviation Through Time

Product code:  98489AVI
Often regarded as a quiet holiday county, in fact Dorset has many aviation connections. As early as 1908 Bleriots were being built by a Bournemouth businessmen, the Royal Navy undertook first landing on a warship at Weymouth in 1910, the Schneider Race was held at Bournemouth in 1913, Dorset was at the front line of the early days of the Battle of Britain with attacks on Portland Naval Base, the Dam Busters bouncing bomb was tested on Dorset ranges in 1943, and aircraft production factories at C...
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Saving Israel: The Unknown Story of Smuggling Weapons and Winning a Nation's Independence

Product code:  37265AVI2
At the opening of its war for independence in 1948, Israel needed weapons, aircraft in particular and with a US ban on arms sales, it needed a creative solution. Enter Al Schwimmer, who feared a repeat of the Holocaust, and Charlie Winters, the Boston son of Irish immigrants two Americans with experience of purchasing and flying planes in World War II and with sympathy to the Jewish state. Connected to both the aviation industry and the Jewish underground, they arranged to smuggle weapons to Isr...

Fly Navy: View From the Cockpit

Product code:  82304AVI
The Fleet Air Arm has always had an elite status and an image of living on the edge. To mark the Millennium, 95 members of the Fleet Air Arm Officers Association have recalled their experiences of over 55 years of post war naval flying. These first person accounts pull no punishes.

RAF Search and Rescue: The Official Illustrated History

Product code:  60900AVI
In February 2016 the RAF Search and Rescue Force (SARF) celebrated its 75th anniversary. In June that year the world-renowned and universally admired service was officially disbanded, despite attempts from many, including HRH Prince William, to save it as part of the RAF. This book is an official, fully illustrated, in-depth account of the SARF rich and glorious history, from its origins in World War II through to its recent withdrawal.

The General Staff and the Helicopter - British Army Helicopter Projects & Weapons

Product code:  95173AVI
The British Armys first operational encounter with the helicopter occurred in the jungles of Burma in early 1944. The Army saw the helicopters potential and had by 1956 acquired the Saro Skeeter as a replacement for the Auster AOP. With the formation of the modern Army Air Corps in 1957 the Army was set to operate helicopters in liaison and casevac with the RAF providing the airlift air support. Since the Great War the British Army had sought its own close air support but that role ...

Fighting in the Sky: The Story in Art

Product code:  62207AVI
Barely a decade passed from the Wright Brothers' first powered flight to aircraft becoming lethal instruments of war. The Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service took off in the very early days of The Great War and captured the public's imagination and admiration. Sydney and Richard Carline happened to be both pilots and artists as was Frenchman Henri Farre. Their works inspired celebrated painters like Sir John Lavery who took to the skies in an airship in the First World War. Feeding o...

Never at the Office: An Italian Adventure

Product code:  82371AVI
In 1984 Wing Commander Mike Clegg left the UK's maritime headquarters at Northwood, where he'd been responsible to the Air Officer Commanding 18 Group for the prosecution of Soviet submarines, to take up a NATO position on the staff of Commander Maritime Air Forces Mediterranean in Naples. In this book he gives a fascinating account of the three years he spent in a markedly different professional environment with the added excitement of dealing with the challenges of living in Naples. Mike remin...

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...