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Military Aviation Bi-Plane Era 1903-35

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Boulton Paul Aircraft Since 1915

Product code:  57518AVI
The ancient Norwich firm of Boulton & Paul were brought into aircraft construction in 1915, and quickly became one of the great innovators. They pioneered metal construction and built the frame of the largest aircraft ever built in Britain, the R.101 airship. The Overstrand, the last of their superlative medium bombers, was the first aircraft in the world to feature a power-operated gun turret, and after their move to Wolverhampton in 1936 and change of name to Boulton Paul Aircraft their gun tu...

Combat Biplanes of World War II

Product code:  66557AVI
The era of the combat biplane is usually thought to have been between 1914 and 1938. By the outbreak of World War II, most of the advanced air forces of the world had moved on to monoplane aircraft for their front-line battle forces, both in bomber and fighter capacities. Yet despite this, many biplanes did still survive, both in front-line service and in numerous subsidiary roles, and not just as training machines but as fully operational warplanes. Thus in 1939 the majority of major European p...

The Tiger Moth Story

Product code:  09440AVI
The Tiger Moth is one of the major aviation success stories in the history of British aviation. Developed by Geoffrey de Havilland and flown for the first time on October 26 1931, the biplane became the most important elementary trainer used by Commonwealth forces. More than 1,000 Tiger Moths were delivered before WWII, and subsequently around 4,000 were built in the UK with an extra 2,000 being manufactured in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Following the end of WWII, pilots could buy and m...

Orange Series 8120: Blackburn Shark

Product code:  58310AVI
The Blackburn Shark torpedo/spotter/reconnaissance biplane was overshadowed by its competitor the Fairey Swordfish. In reality though, the Shark was more modern than the Swordfish and performed better, and had it not been bedevilled with engine trouble in its early service, might have gone on to great things. As it was, the Shark contributed greatly to the Royal Navy's preparation for war in the late 1930s, and performed valuable service for the Fleet Air Arm and Royal Canadian Air Force during ...

X Planes 13 The Wright Flyers 1899-1916

Product code:  37776AVI
Orville and Wilbur Wright, two bicycle-making brothers from Dayton, Ohio, secured their place as the most famous names in aviation history when, on December 17, 1903, they made the first powered, controlled, and sustained heavier-than-air flight. But their success over the cold and windswept Carolina dunes that day has overshadowed their many other accomplishments before and after that historic flight. The Wrights' progression from theory to analysis to ground-testing components and wing shapes,...

Building the Wingnut Wings 9: Halberstadt CL.II

Product code:  BWWHAL
Special edition modeller's guide to building the Wingnut Wings of the Halberstadt CL.II with archive photos and contemporary drawings all accompanying a detailed stage by stage build.

Royal Air Force Fighting Biplanes

Product code:  38690AVI
A detailed account of the RAF between 1918 to 1939.

Famous Airplanes Nieuport 1-27 French Fighters Family

Product code:  48611AVI
The aerial combat during the Great War1 gave life to numerous legends about flying machines and the men who flew them. It was a result of passion for flying. For to fly into the sky had been the man’s dream for ages. Also to the domain of dreams belonged the time when the knight was the live example of all virtues and nobility, courage and devotion in defense of the weaker and the abused. Most of us will remember the Excalibur – King Arthur’s legendary sword – or Don Quixote, the knight-errant o...

Building the Wingnut Wings 8: Hannover CL.11

Product code:  BWWHCL
Special edition modeller's guide to building the Wingnut Wings of the Hannover CL.11 with archive photos and contemporary drawings all accompanying a detailed stage by stage build.

Camel Pilot Supreme: Captain D.V. Armstrong DFC

Product code:  52673AVI
D'Urban Victor Armstrong was born on 26 July 1897 in Natal, South Africa. Having initially enlisted in the South African Defence Force on the outbreak of war in 1914, he soon sought a transfer to the Royal Flying Corps. He was awarded his flying licence on 12 February 1916, marking the start of what was a remarkable wartime career as a fighter pilot. Such was the skill Armstrong displayed when in the air, he was famed among his British, French and American contemporaries as the best Camel pilot ...

Middle East @ War 20 Air Power and The Arab World

Product code:  66434AVI
At a time when multiple wars are raging across much of the Middle East, it is almost forgotten that it was Abu al-Qasim Abbas ibn Firnas ibn Wirdas at-Takurni - an Andalusian inventor, physician and engineer - who was the first person to undertake experiments in flying with any degree of success. That was back in the 9th Century A.D. Nigh on a thousand years later the Arab World's critical strategic location made it almost inevitable that these regions would be drawn into the imperial rivalries ...

War Amongst the Clouds : My Flying Experiences in World War I and the Follow-On Years

Product code:  21430AVI
This is a personal account written by a man reflecting on his time as a young pilot with the Royal Flying Corps in France during the First World War, who eventually became an ace. It is a story of survival against the odds at a time when the conduct of air operations depended so much on individual skills, innovation, courage - and luck. Hugh White flew F.E.2D Scout aircraft with 20 Squadron as a reconnaissance patrol pilot aged just eighteen. He describes Hugh's life and RAF career from flying B...