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Eyes of the Fleet - Sea Planes in Argentine Navy Service

Product code:  94164AVI
During the 1920's Argentina began to build a naval fleet of aircraft to defend its 2,500 mile coastline. In this book we look in more detail at the story and make up of this fleet of aircraft.

Flying up the Edgware Road: The Birth of North-West London's Aviation Industry

Product code:  09469AVI
Flying up the Edgware Road tells the story of how an area of what is now north-west London became a hub of the British aircraft industry in the very early years of the twentieth century. From the Edwardian suburb of Cricklewood out towards the semi-rural hamlets of Colindale and Kingsbury, a collection of factories were established to produce some of the most important warplanes that served in the First World War. The author takes the reader through the early days of flying at Hendon, introduces...

British and American Aircraft in Russia Prior To 1941

Product code:  70883AVI
Back in 1906, the Wright Brothers offered their biplane to the Russian Ministry of War, but Tsarist generals were not interested in this aircraft. In the course of the formation of Russian military aviation in 1910–1911 the regime began to acquire British and American airplanes in large numbers. Their role conceded significantly to the influence of French designs, and under the Provisional Government in 1917 supplies from Britain increased, licences were obtained there for several types that wer...

Aviation Pioneers of McCook Field

Product code:  63528AVI
McCook Field was a small air base in Dayton, Ohio, that was active from 1917 to 1927. McCook was exceptional because it was designated by the US Signal Corps/Army Air Corps as an aeronautical research facility. As the centre of prototype testing of new aircraft, McCook was a magnet for the leading aviators and engineers of the time. This work contains unpublished interviews with 20 of those aviation pioneers. Interviewees include WWII hero Jimmy Doolittle, test pilot Harold R. Harris (the first ...

Fleet Air Arm Legends 2: Fairey Swordfish

Product code:  58498AVI
Few aircraft encompass as many contradictions as the Fairey Swordfish – the legendary ‘Stringbag’ naval torpedo bomber was approaching antiquation at the start of the war yet struck mortal blows against some of the most powerful battleships in the Axis fleets. Naval aviation historian Matthew Willis explores how modern technology such as radar kept the Swordfish effective in the early years of the war and enabled it to find and hit the Italian fleet at Taranto, and the Bismarck in the Atlantic, ...

King of Fighters: Nikolay Polikarpov and His Aircraft Designs Vol.1 The Biplane Era

Product code:  28859AVI
In the century-long history of the conquest of the sky there have been a number of outstanding personalities. Among them is the name of designer Nikolay Polikarpov, which is inseparably associated with the best achievements of the Russian and Soviet aviation. His practical activity in the aircraft industry began upon graduation from the Petersburg Polytechnic Institute in 1916. Aged 25, Polikarpov was sent to the Russo-Baltic Wagon Factory, where the four-engined Ilya Muromets bombers designed b...

Military Aviation of the First World War: The Aces of the Allies and the Central Powers

Product code:  58454AVI
This beautifully illustrated book provides information on the air arms of the nations which took part in aerial warfare during the First World War featuring the Aces and their mounts. The war was a global conflict with 57 nations involved, but with aviation being in its infancy only eight nations had a major air arm to their fighting Services. The Allies: Britain, America, Italy, Belgium, France, and Russia and then the Central Powers comprising Germany and Austria-Hungary.

Africa@War 56: The Rif War Vol.1 From Taxdirt to the Disaster of Annual 1909-1921

Product code:  77013AVI
The Rif War in rugged northern Morocco is remembered for romantic films and novels about the French Foreign Legion, such as Beau Geste. In reality, the French intervention, although very important, was late and secondary in importance to that of the Spanish. Spain, had been fighting in North Africa since 1909 in order to carve out new colonial possessions, in part at least to compensate for the recent loss of Cuba and the Philippines to the U.S. It was not an easy road however and Spain suffered...

King of Fighters - Nikolay Polikarpov and his Aircraft Designs - Vol.2 The Monoplane Era

Product code:  36196AVI
In the century-long history of the conquest of the sky there have been a number of outstanding personalities. Among them is the name of designer Nikolay Polikarpov, which is inseparably associated with the best achievements of the Russian and Soviet aviation. His practical activity in the aircraft industry began upon graduation from the Petersburg Polytechnic Institute in 1916. Aged 25, Polikarpov was sent to the Russo-Baltic Wagon Factory, where the four-engined Ilya Muromets bombers designed b...

Fairey Fox - Caught in the Tides of War

Product code:  50146AVI
A definitive monograph describing the Fairey Fox. The bomber from 1925, saw extensive service in especially the Belgian and Peruvian air forces, but was very much liked when in service with Royal Air Force. The aircraft survived long enough to face the mighty, modern Luftwaffe, when German attacked the neutral state of Belgium on May 10, 1940. During their sorties she even managed to down some German aircraft in dog fights. The authors have managed to correct many misunderstandings and outright ...

Medal of Honor Vol.1 Aviators of WW1

Product code:  01195AVI
Medal of Honor Volume 1 Aviators of WWI tells the story of the first American aviators to earn their countries highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, in the first great air war. Every aircraft in which the medal was won is shown in multiple color views. The story of these aviators is told with detail.

Medal of Honor Vol.2 Interwar Years 1919-1939

Product code:  01201AVI
Medal of Honor Volume 2 Interwar Years 1919–1939 tells the story of the six American aviators to earn their countries highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, between the world wars. Every aircraft in which the medal was won is shown in color profiles. The story of these aviators is told in detail