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British Aircraft 1809-1914 by Peter Lewis (£74.00)Publisher: London: Putnam — 1962Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed with a tear to the leading edge of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Chronological Tables; Plans;

From the cover: “Here presented for the first time are individual descriptions and histories of the different types of aeroplanes, and the seventeen airships, designed and constructed in Great Britain between 1809 and the outbreak of war in August, 1914.

The authoritative text, which is accompanied by 504 photographs and 106 three-view drawings, examines the various machines, both conventional and extremely unorthodox, which were used by the early British pioneers, from Sir George Cayley onwards, to lay the foundations of Britain’s prowess in the air. All types are recorded — gliders and powered, from monoplanes to multiplanes, ornithopters, seaplanes, flying-boats and helicopters. The introduction surveys the development of flying in the British Isles during the period, which is covered also by a useful chronology. This is the first time that such a comprehensive record has been made of one country’s pioneer aircraft, and it will prove to be an important addition to British aeronautical literature.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIV] 576 pages. Tags: aeronautics planes aeronautical engineering aeroplanes aviation air lighter craft aerostats airships aircraft industry britain airplanes history
P&P: UK 1st £6.00. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £9.06. EU Air £9.10. ROW Surface £9.06. ROW Air £16.72

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Handley Page Aircraft Since 1907 Revised by Derek N. James by C. H. [Christopher Henry] Barnes (£56.00)Publisher: London: Putnam — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0851778038]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: 2nd (revised) edition, 1st printing, [First Published: 1976] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Plans;

From the cover: “First heard in aviation a few years before the 1914-18 war, the name of Handley Page became one to conjure with when strategic bombing of Rhineland armament factories began in 1917 as a counter-blow to the German submarine blockade of the British Isles. After the war an O/400 and a V/1500 were the first two aircraft to fly all the way from England to India, and soon afterwards Handley Page pioneered commercial air transport services across the English Channel and in China, India and South Africa.

A new generation of twin- and four-engined monoplane bombers — Hampden and Halifax — emerged to challenge Hitler’s ambition between 1935 and 1945, giving rise in turn to the Hastings and Hermes transports of the 1950s; finally the nuclear age produced the Victor transonic bomber, which remains in service as the RAF’s long-range flight refuelling tanker A new line of smaller civil transports began with the acquisition in 1948 of Miles Aircraft Ltd and from the Reading factory stemmed the very successful Dart-Herald.

This book contains photographs, three-view drawings and data of every type of Handley Page aircraft built and flown, as well as many historic project drawings not previously published, and completes the author’s trilogy, which already includes Bristol Aircraft since 1910 and Shorts Aircraft since 1900 in the series.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Putnam Aeronautical Books series. 664 pages. Tags: bombing aircraft hampden halifax handley page airplanes history aeroplanes aeronautical engineering trade industry manufacturing britain aviation air types manufacturer aeroplane manufacture firm united kingdom
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Japanese Aircraft 1910-41 by Robert C. Mikesh & Shorzoe Abe (£51.00)Publisher: London: Putnam Aeronautical Books — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0851778402]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges with a few small indentations toward the top of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Tables;

From the cover: “Japanese Aircraft 1910-1941 will almost certainly come to be regarded as one of the truly outstanding works of aviation history. In the preface the authors state ‘For the vast number of Japanese aeroplane types that were built during the period covered by this book, it is disappointing that more has not been written in English about them’.

As a result of massive research the authors have now corrected this shortcoming. The names Kawasaki, Mitsubishi, Nakajima and a few others are well known but this work includes descriptions of the products of large numbers of companies and organisations that are known only to a few people outside of Japan.

The aeroplanes covered here range from the single type produced by the Awazu Flight Research Studio, include as would be expected the proliferation of Aichis, Kawanishis, Kawasakis, Mitsubishis and Nakajimas, and ends in alphabetical order with the products from the Naval Air Arsenal at Yokosuka.

Including early privately-built aeroplanes and those produced under licence, this work covers nearly 400 types. Appendices include aircraft of the Pacific war, a comparison of calendars, a bibliography and a glossary.”
Notes: Size: 11" x 8". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 293 pages. Tags: airplanes military japan history aeronautics aircraft aeronautical engineering aeroplanes aviation air japanese kawasaki mitsubishi nakajima aichis naval arsenal yokosuka
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The Speed Seekers by Thomas G. Foxworth (£47.00)Publisher: London: MacDonald & Jane's — 1975Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0356081230]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper lightly pulled at top and bottom of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight but leaves 443-446 appear slightly misbound being a little proud to the text block at the leading edge. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Tables; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;Notes: Jacket designed by Peter Endsleigh Castle. Size: 10" x 11". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 560 pages. Tags: airplane racing history airplanes speed records aeroplanes air pilots biography
P&P: UK 1st £9.75. UK 2nd £9.24. EU Surface £15.56. EU Air £15.35. ROW Surface £15.56. ROW Air £29.22

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War in the Air: Aerial Wonders of Our Time: A Pictured History of Flying, Past, Present and Future by J. A. [John Alexander] Hammerton (£45.00)Publisher: London: The Amalgamated Press — UndatedBinding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding which is slightly discoloured in places. Pages lightly age-tanned. Hinges lightly strained by the sheer weight, but a good copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Plates; Diagrams; Maps; Photogravures; Plans;Notes: Size: 11" x 8¼". Patterned Green boards with Raised Silver titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 804 pages. Tags: hammerton aeronautics aerial operations air fighting warfare domestic trade business organisation aeronautical engineering first war transport industry civil aviation airports aircraft aeroplanes craft aerostats airships military
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Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War by O. G. [Owen Gordon] Thetford (£44.00)Publisher: Letchworth: Harleyford Publications Limited — 1954Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with loss at the corners and spine ends, tape repair to the foot of the upper panel. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Fold-out plans; Plans; Also contains a flyer for Air Aces of the 1914-18 War which encloses additional loose leaf plans (not mentioned in the list of available plans in this printing) from Harleyford and others, some hand drawn, from disparate sources.Notes: Illustrated by E. J. Riding. Size: 11" x 8½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [V] 127 pages. Tags: thetford riding russell airplanes military war 1914-1918 aerial operations aeronautical engineering first aircraft aeroplanes aviation air
P&P: UK 1st £5.25. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £7.76. EU Air £7.85. ROW Surface £7.76. ROW Air £14.22

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Shorts Aircraft Since 1900 by C. H. Barnes (revised By Derek N. James) (£36.00)Publisher: London: Putnam Aeronautical Books — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0851778194]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: 2nd (revised) edition, 1st printing, [First Published: 1967] Jacket illustration: Keith Woodcock's original painting shows Short Sunderland MR 5 RN273 of No 201 Squadron, RAF, taking off one evening from Sullom Voe, Shetland, in September 1952. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Tables; Plans;

From the cover: “From the first spherical balloons made by Eustace and Oswald Short, the author traces the brothers’ progress as engineers to the Aero Club till Wilbur Wright’s arrival in France in 1908 and their consequent change-over from balloons to aeroplanes — a decision endorsed by their eldest brother Horace, who joined them to set up the world’s first aircraft production line.

Their rapid expansion as aircraft suppliers to the Royal Navy and their notable progress with deck-launching, folding wings, buoyancy bags and sprung floats led to enormous production of the famous Short Type 184 during World War I, in which period the firm also built rigid airships.

Oswald Short’s pioneering work with a successful series of metal hulled flying-boats is described and their operational histories recorded.

Appendices list all Shorts’ constructors’ numbers, serials and registration marks. The book contains specifications for all Short types and variants, and complete lists to date of type designations and preliminary designs.

For this new edition the section on unbuilt projects has been expanded and the post-1945 story of Rochester’s last days and Northern Ireland’s new industry has been carried down to the present. The Skyvan and Belfast chapters have been up-dated and the 330, Sherpa and 360 have been added to the aircraft coverage, as well as notes on the forthcoming Tucano.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XI] 560 pages. Tags: short airplanes history british flying-boats firm aeronautical engineering trade industry manufacturing britain aircraft aeroplanes aviation air types manufacturer aeroplane manufacture united kingdom shorts
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D.H.: An Outline of de Havilland History by C. [Cecil] Martin Sharp (£34.00)Publisher: London: Faber & Faber — 1960Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with tape repairs to the reverse of the foot of both panels. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Appendices [11]; Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “This full story of de Havilland marks the fiftieth anniversary of Sir Geoffrey’s first successful flight. It is probably the most complete history so far written of any organization in the aircraft industry.

Mr. Martin Sharp insists that he has recorded only the bare facts. The facts about de Havilland are rich and poignant. In not seeking to embellish them, but setting out to give them fully and objectively, he has produced a book of absorbing interest.

The reader will form his opinion of the men, their products, their industry, from what they actually did and said, and not from ideas that an author might advance. He will sense the spirit, emanating from de Havilland and the team around him, which has pervaded the whole world-wide organization. The student will find a narrative well indexed and supported by appendices of data on aircraft and engine types, lists of notable flights and records.

The story of the first jet airliner, with the technical outcome of the Comet inquiry, is authentically told for the first time.

Every phase of the saga of half a century is here described, from the spring day in 1908 when de Havilland journeyed to Oxford and gently won his grandfather’s financial help to build a flying machine. In that moment the de Havilland Enterprise was born. Now it is building a missile capable of launching a satellite into orbit around the Earth.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 419 pages. Tags: havilland aircraft company history aeronautics business enterprises britain industry trade manufacturing aeronautical engineering aeroplane manufacture aeroplanes aviation construction engines air types manufacturer firm aerospace
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The Crowded Sky: An Anthology of Flight from the Beginnings to the Age of the Guided Missile by Edited by Neville Duke & Edward Lanchbery (£34.00)Publisher: London: Cassell & Co. Ltd. — 1959Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a small tape repair at the foot of the lower panel to the join and further closed tears at the spine ends. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned with spotting to the blanks. Description: From the cover: “Man’s longing to fly is as old as history. The wish to escape from the earth and soar with the birds recurs in Biblical verse and ancient legend, but it was Leonardo da Vinci who first considered the practical problems involved. From da Vinci to Colonel Frank Everest, Jr. , ‘the fastest man alive’, who in 1956 flew the Bell X-2 rocket plane at nearly two thousand miles an hour, this anthology of prose and poetry takes in its stride every conceivable branch of aviation, including the first faltering experiments, and the heyday of the balloon and the airship (there is an absorbing description taken from Nevil Shute’s autobiography of the testing of the R. 100, whose sister ship the R. 101 went to her doom so soon afterwards). Beside Bleriot’s exciting story are con-temporary newspaper accounts of Britain’s first air meetings and early flying clubs, and all else which has gone to make up the panorama of aviation through the ages. The First World War brought the greatest single challenge to the improvement of the aeroplane, and is seen here from the points of view of both Allied and German air aces. But flying was still in its infancy, at a time when the officer in command of the aeroplane gave the signal to descend by means of a smack on his pilot’s helmet! From the first World War to the second, with its roll of immortal names, among them Guy Gibson, Pierre Clostermann and Cheshire, V. C.; and finally to peace and the age of jet aircraft. In a section entitled Wings of Peace the editors show that to some, flying is an escape from the cares of the earth and a retreat that gives spiritual solace. So we come up-to-date with today’s test pilot, exploring new regions of speed and altitude, and developing test flying into a skilled and complicated science.

Here is a book to be dipped into again and again for its tales of high adventure, of the incredible audacity of men battling against the eternal forces of nature, and of the progress of aviation from its humble beginnings to its present vast complexity.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 6¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XV] 421 pages. Tags: lanchbery aeronautics literature prose poetry aerial operations air fighting warfare aeronautical engineering fiction anthologies verse poems aircraft aeroplanes aviation fictional drama
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Aircraft Camouflage And Markings 1907-1954 by Bruce Robertson (£31.00)Publisher: Letchworth: The Garden City Press Limited — 1961Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed at the spine ends and corners, a little marked and faded overall. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: 4th (revised) impression. [First Edition: Spring, 1957] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Plates; Black & White Drawings; Colour Drawings; Tables; Colour frontispiece;Notes: Illustrated by William F. Hepworth. Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 232 pages. Tags: robertson william hepworth airplanes military camouflage markings science identification marks aeronautical engineering world aircraft aeroplanes aviation
P&P: UK 1st £6.75. UK 2nd £6.68. EU Surface £10.36. EU Air £10.35. ROW Surface £10.36. ROW Air £19.22

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United States Army And Air Force Fighters 1916-1961 by K. S. Robertson, B. Hepworth, W. F. Carrick, J. D. Yeoman, F. Matt, P. R. Russell & D. A. Brown (£31.00)Publisher: Letchworth: Harleyford Publications Limited — 1961Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, with a little fading to the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings; A limited printing of which this is number 27. Signed by the authors and editor on a numbered plate to the pastedown — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium.Notes: Illustrated by W. F. Hepworth, based on original drawings by J. D. Carrick Frank Yeoman and Paul R. Matt. Foreword or introduction by Bruce Robertson. Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Fawn boards with Red titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: united states army air forces force aeronautical engineering heraldry usa aircraft aeroplanes aviation fighter badges used equipment planes
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The Aeroplane: An Historical Survey of Its Origins and Development by Charles H. Gibbs-Smith (£29.00)Publisher: London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office — 1960Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is sunned at the spine and dulled overall. Text complete, clean and tight but with light spotting to the last blank. Description: Illustrated by way of: Glossary; Addenda; Chronological Tables; Black & White Plates; Black & White Drawings;Notes: Size: 10" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 375 pages. Tags: aircraft history aeronautics aeroplanes airplanes aeronautical engineering aviation wright brothers powered aeroplane flight gas turbine rudder elevator wing-warping ailerons cayley otto lilienthal vinci
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The Bomber Command Handbook 1939-1945 by Jonathan Falconer (£29.00)Publisher: Sutton Publishing — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0750918195]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Top edge of the dust wrapper a little rubbed otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Jacket illustration: The crew of 50 Squadron's Lancaster III, ED810 'Z-Zebra' prepare to board before a night raid in Spring 1943. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Diagrams;

From the cover: “Night after night through six long years of war RAF Bomber Command’s squadrons pounded away at the cities of Nazi Germany in a determined effort to bring the Third Reich to its knees. Pitted against Bomber Harris’s aircrews and aircraft were some of the most effective and deadly defences the world has ever seen. For Bomber Command to launch a ‘maximum effort’ raid on the Ruhr by night, or a low-level strike on an enemy target in occupied Europe by day, a huge amount of planning was involved.

Why, when and where were the bomber airfields built? Who decided the strategic bombing policy? How was the overall command structure organised, from the Air Council down to individual bomber squadron level? How did the RAF train its bomber crews? What aircraft did they fly and what weapons did they use? Who were their commanders and who were the men that made up the rank and file of the Command? How was a raid planned and, once it was launched, what happened? What aids did crews use to navigate to the target and evade enemy defences? What kinds of uniform and flying kit did they wear? What awards and medals were they eligible to receive? These questions and many more are answered in the most comprehensive review yet of Bomber Command’s organisation and operations in the Second World War.

The legacy of Bomber Command in the 1990s is revealed in a detailed listing of museums and memorials nationwide. A series of comprehensive appendices list all RAF bomber airfields, their user squadrons, aircraft and commanding officers, operational statistics and a detailed war diary.

The Bomber Command Handbook is fully illustrated with 200 archive photographs and is an indispensable addition to the reference bookshelves of all who have an interest in the RAF and its controversial bomber offensive during the Second World War.”
Notes: Size: 10¾" x 7¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VIII] 280 pages. Tags: great britain royal air force bomber command history world war aerial operations british unit histories biography second forces uniforms airmen biographical aeronautical engineering aircraft aeroplanes aviation operational commands
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Dassault-Breguet Mirage III/5 by Salvador Mafe [Mafé] Huertas (£28.00)Publisher: Osprey — 1990Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0850459338]Condition: Very Good. Upper wrapper slighty curled.Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. From the cover: “Duelling in the clear blue skies above the Sinai, or skimming in at mast level over San Carlos Water, the classic delta shaped Dassault-Breguet Mirage HI/5 has earned itself a combat reputation second to none. Designed over thirty years ago, the Mirage HI/5 continues to serve with more than a dozen air forces around the globe. Although built as a light interceptor for the Armée de l’Air, the Mirage 111/5 has been converted successfully into a tactical strike aircraft, as well as a superb photo-reconnaissance platform.

Prolific Spanish author Salvador Mafe Huertas details the full service history of the Mirage HI/5, with special emphasis on the Fuerza Aerea Argentina in the Falklands. The Israeli connection is fully covered, as well as Spanish, Swiss and Australian operational histories. Overall, all users of the French classic are detailed, including aircraft colours and serials.

First-hand accounts gleaned from many sources especially for this volume add a vibrant and emotional dimension to the Mirage HI/5 story. Illustrated with over 160 black and white photographs (many previously unpublished), and 12 photographs in full colour, MIRAGE HI/5 contains over 50,000 words of text Full performance and other statistical data, as well as summaries of major modifications to the aircraft, are all included in detailed appendices.”
Notes: Size: 10½" x 7¾". In the Osprey Air Combat series. 198 pages. Tags: dassault aerial aeronautical aeroplanes air aircraft and attack aviation construction day design engineering falkland fighter france general heavier history iii individual islands jet manufacturer mirage operations planes present than the types war
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United States Navy Aircraft Since 1911 by Gordon Swanborough & Peter M. Bowers (£24.00)Publisher: London: Putnam — 1968Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, fraying to the spine ends and corners with a tape repaired tear to the foot of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams;Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 518 pages. Tags: navies military aircraft history united states navy aviation marine corps airplanes aeronautical engineering usa aeroplanes air seaplanes carrier
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In the Cockpit: Flying the World's Great Aircraft by Edited by Anthony Robinson (£20.50)Publisher: London: Orbis Publishing — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0856136271]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans slightly otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings; Diagrams; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;Notes: Foreword or introduction by Jeffrey Quill. Size: 12" x 9". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 312 pages. Tags: aeronautics airplanes piloting military aeronautical engineering air force service flying pilot viewpoint airmen aircraft aeroplanes aviation handling characteristics observations operation
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The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Propeller Airliners by Bill Gunston (£20.00)Publisher: Windward — 1980Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0711200629]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a crease to the head of the upper panel and a small stain to the foot of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Jacket illustration: Douglas DC-2 (illustration by Nick Falmer). Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings; Diagrams;Notes: Jacket designed by Roger Hammond. Size: 12" x 9". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: gunston hammond 0711200629 transport planes history propeller driven aircraft commercial aeroplanes early airliners passenger high speed flights turboprop britannia viscount powerplants historical mechanical details
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Sharks Among Minnows: Germany's First Fighter Pilots and the Fokker Eindecker Period, July 1915 to September 1916 by Norman Franks (£19.50)Publisher: London: Grub Street — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1902304926]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Appendices [4]; Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “In early 1915, with the world war in its infancy, the attention of Allied and German air strategists was focussed on trying to stop each other making reconnaissances and artillery observation sorties over the lines. Various ingenious schemes met with limited success, then suddenly in the summer of 1915 there was a breakthrough for the Germans — the arrival at the front of the Fokker Eindecker.

Its advantage was the synchronised machine gun firing through the whirling blades of the propeller — a revolution in contemporary air fighting. Those German pilots disposed to flying these first single-seat aeroplanes, if successful, soon became famous and the first aces. Names such as Boelcke, Immelmann, Wintgens, Parschau, Mulzer, Hohndorf, Frankl and von Althaus quickly became the first heroes to the German public and the first winners of the coveted Pour le Merits — the famed Blue Max.

These men and others caused havoc amongst British and French airmen over the Western Front for just over a year, something history has called the ‘Fokker Scourge’. Although comparatively small in numbers, they were deadly when attacking lightly armed, almost defenceless British and French aeroplanes; truly ‘sharks among minnows’.

Norman Franks has covered this period in detail, bringing to light new information and insights, and explaining how these early German fighter pilots achieved their kills, who they shot down, when and where. Contains many rare and previously unpublished photos.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 182 pages. Tags: fokker eindecker fighter planes aerial operations air fighting warfare aeronautical engineering western front 1914-1918 theatre first war aircraft aeroplanes aviation types manufacturer german pilots history 20th century
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The American Fighter: The Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft from 1917 to the Present by Enzo Angelucci with Peter Bowers (£19.50)Publisher: Sparkford: Haynes Publishing Group — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0854296352]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Red titling to the spine of the dust wrapper now much faded, pleasant otherwise. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Tables; Plans;Notes: Size: 11¼" x 9". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. In the Foulis Aviation Book series. 480 pages. Tags: foulis aviation book fighter planes united states history war aerial operations american aeroplanes aircraft landplanes thunderchief airplanes military 0854296352 9780854296354
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Famous Fighters of the Second World War (1st & 2nd Series) by William Green (£19.00)Publisher: London: Macdonald — 1957Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrappers. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards of both volumes with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper, more heavily to series 1, with a closed tear to the foot of the lower panel of series 2. The pages are somewhat tanned, if tight, and a little musty with a little spotting throughout. Description: Second series is also the 1st edition of 1962. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Silhouettes; Black & White Drawings;Notes: Illustrated by G. W. Heumann & Peter Endsleigh Castle. Size: 10" x 7½". Ruled Red boards with Gilt & Blind-stamped titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 128/132 pages. Tags: green fighter planes war 1939-1945 aerial operations history aeroplanes aeronautical engineering second aircraft aviation air germany luftwaffe
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The Modern War Machine: Military Aviation Since 1945 by Edited by Philip Jarrett (£19.00)Publisher: Putnam — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0851778801]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Knocked at the head of the lower board with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “Written by recognized authorities, the essays in this volume include topics such as the development of the jet engine; guided weapon systems; warplane structures and aerodynamics; modern defensive, logistical and pilotless aircraft; attack helicopters and stealth aircraft.”Notes: 264 pages. Tags: 20th aerial aeronautical aeronautics aeroplanes air aircraft airplanes and aviation britain century change day end engineering forces general great history interest making methods military october place present reference strategy tactics technological the vehicles vietnam war warfare works world
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Great Aircraft of WWII by Alfred Price & Mike Spick (£18.50)Publisher: Abbeydale Press — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1861470010]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: First in this edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Tables;Notes: Size: 11¾" x 9". Pictorial boards. 327 pages. Tags: world war aerial operations fighter planes history place the second aeronautical engineering aircraft aeroplanes aviation bombers alfred price mike spick first editions firsts printings 1st
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Slide Rule: The Autobiography of an Engineer by Nevil Shute (£18.50)Publisher: Melbourne, London & Toronto: William Heinemann — 1954Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier tanning to the spine. Edges of the text block lightly spotted, more heavily to the top edge. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: 3rd impression. [First Edition: 1954] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “Nevil Shute was a power and a pioneer in the world of flying long before he began to write the stories that made him one of this country’s most popular novelists.

Incidentally, if he had never learned so much about flying, his novels could not have had quite the same attraction. For flying is the very breath of life in most of them. No Highway could only have been written by a man steeped in aeronautics, who was also an artist and a thinker with a turn of prophetic genius. Flying also provides the very bones and sinews of Round the Bend, and where would A Town Like Alice — and his latest best-seller In the Wet — be without flying?

In these pages there is the true story of his flying life. It is not Nevil Shute the storyteller who writes, but Nevil Shute the engineer, the planner, the man of business and affairs. Nevertheless, he has his dreams, though in these pages he is working them out in terms of new ideas in aircraft construction.

His story of the construction of the airship R100, compared with that of the ill-fated R101, soon develops into an exciting and important page of the history of the conquest of the air. He tells of the difficulties which had to be overcome before the R100 took the air, of the hazards of her trials and of her conquest of the Atlantic. She triumphantly flew the 3,300 miles in seventy-eight hours, diving into a terrible storm near Montreal; the return journey was performed more peacefully in fifty-seven and a half hours.

He writes very frankly of the R100. After twenty-five years , he says, it should be possible to write candidly in the interests of history. He certainly does so!

This was the end of airship construction. Nevil Shute, then thirty-one years of age, turned his energies to launching a new enterprise for the manufacture of special types of aircraft, Airspeed Ltd. The company was launched on the promise of an order of two aircraft! Naturally it ran into financial difficulties at every turn. But Nevil Shute grappled with each situation with the courage and resource of some leading character out of one of his own novels. When he left the company it was beginning to pay.

Slide Rule is a friendly, straight-forward narrative, devoid of all unnecessary airs and graces. It is as if Nevil Shute, puffing at his pipe, is talking to the reader seated at his side and telling him frankly everything that happened — running his slide rule over it all.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 249 pages. Tags: aeronautical engineering engineers english fiction literary novelists industry manufacturing aircraft aeroplanes aviation manufacturer aeroplane manufacture havilland airspeed firm biographies
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The Air Racers: Aviation's Golden Era 1909-1936 by Terry Gwynn-Jones (£18.50)Publisher: London: Guild Publishing — 1983Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Diagrams; Maps;Notes: Foreword or introduction by Sir Thomas Sopwith. Size: 12¼" x 8¾". Grey boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Tags: airplane racing history air pilots aeroplanes races evolution gordon bennett worldwide travel aviation aircraft aviators aeronautics seaplanes
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Bristol at Work by John Penny (£14.50)Publisher: Derby: The Breedon Books Publishing Company — 2005Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1859833551]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Small ding to the centre of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles;

From the cover: “Bristol’s working life — the foundation of the economy of the city — has never before been the subject of a detailed, highly illustrated history. John Penny’s fascinating account of this vital aspect of the city’s past uses a remarkable selection of rare photographs and other illustrations to record the variety of businesses, trades, industries and services that generated Bristol’s wealth and gave a livelihood to its people. Although dealing with the origins of most of Bristol’s traditional industries, the starting point is really the mid-18th century when a number of concerns were established that flourished locally until the dawn of third millennium. He chronicles the rise and fall of businesses, processes and products that once fuelled the economy of a great city. Chapters are devoted to each of the main types of employment, within which are concise histories of the city’s most important companies and undertakings.

Over the centuries Bristol has established itself as a centre for industries as diverse as tobacco, chocolate, chemicals, brick-making, pottery, ship-building, motorcycles, publishing, banking, insurance, aviation and brewing. Throughout this time the city functioned as one of the foremost ports in the country. Conditions and processes in these trades and industries are described in vivid detail, and the author recalls the generations of Bristolians who spent their lives working in the city. Many readers will be surprised to learn of the huge variety of work carried out locally over the last 150 years and will be reminded of just how many well-known local firms have disappeared within their lifetimes. John Penny’s revealing, thoroughly researched and lively account will be essential reading for everyone who enjoys Bristol’s history.”
Notes: Size: 11" x 8". Burgundy boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 195 pages. Tags: penny industries england bristol history occupations port coal mining quarrying pottery lead tin zinc chemicals tobacco chocolate printing packaging ships locomotives trains railways aeroplanes aeronautical firms 1859833551
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The Friendless Sky by Alexander Mckee (£14.50)Publisher: Souvenir Press — 1962Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good - in Good DJ. DJ somewhat creased and edgeworn, notable loss at tail and top edge of upper panel. Bruised at head and tail. Top edges of text block dusty. Internally bright and clean.Description: When the nations went to war in 1914, a British Expeditionary Force for the first time in history crossed the Channel under air cover. A few small airships and some forty primitive aeroplanes flew above the transports hourly slipping across to France. It was barely five years since the first flimsy flying machine had flown the Channel at 45 m.p.h., with a destroyer following it in case of engine failure. Yet within a year of the Great War's end a British aeroplane, originally designed to bomb Berlin, had flown the Atlantic direct. Nearly 2,000 miles non-stop in 1919, as compared to 30 miles in 1909. Aviation had grown up in the forcing house of war. Jacket designed by B. Mudge-Marriott. 256pp. Index. Size: 8vo Large Post (8¼" x 5") Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.
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Modern Jet Aircraft by Michael J. H. Taylor (£14.00)Publisher: Hamlyn — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0600347400]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Scattered marks to the upper panel otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Modern jet aircraft, both civil and military, have brought about radical changes in our concept of business and leisure travel and in the tactics and strategy of aerial warfare. Michael J. H. Taylor’s lavishly illustrated book describes and analyzes those aircraft which are in service today and explains their developmental history and the impact which they have had.

He begins by tracing the early history of jets from their beginnings before World War II through their rapid development during the post-war period. The United States of America has been, and still is, the most influential nation in the advance to the SR-71 Blackbird, which flies at nearly three times the speed of sound, and the commuter airline which transports its passengers at low cost and with as little trouble as they would experience catching a bus or train. Boeing, Lockheed and McDonnel-Douglas are the three giants of the US aviation industry, famous for their commercial jets such as the 747, L1011 and DC10 as well as their military aircraft like the B-52 bomber and their devastating fighters and ground attack craft. However their achievements do not belittle those of the smaller US companies like Lear who have revolutionized business travel by the introduction of the executive jet. The Soviet Union has also played a major, albeit isolated, role in producing jet aircraft and many of their products compare with those of the West, including the MiG-25 Foxbat, currently the fastest fighter in production. Europe too has developed some remarkable aircraft, often as the result of collaboration between two or more countries, as with the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde airliner and the Italo-German-British Tornado.

This readable and informative book describes all the major jet aircraft in use today, providing information about their technological capabilities, carrying capacity and armament where appropriate in fascinating detail. It is illustrated throughout in colour with more than 150 stunning photographs, making it an invaluable addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in modern civil and military aviation.”
Notes: Size: 12¼" x 9¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 128 pages. Tags: 9780600347408 jet planes history aeroplanes 1983 jets michael taylor 0600347400 first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Hamlyn History of Aviation by Edited by Dennis Baldry (£13.50)Publisher: Hamlyn — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0600589943]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly ruffled along edges. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: A history which studies the international world of aviation, covering aerodynamics, air law and aerospace. The great names and achievers of this field are heralded in biographical features and a chronology sets out important dates.Notes: 192 pages. Tags: aeronautics aeroplanes aerospace aircraft airplanes aviation catalogs collections engineering exhibitions flight general history interest photography technology
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Pilot Error: Anatomies of Aircraft Accidents by The Editors of Flying Magazine (£13.00)Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company — 1977Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0442224516]Condition: Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with the price clipped. Edges of the text block heavily tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: 2nd impression. [First Edition: 1977]

From the cover: “A turn not taken, a landmark not seen, a decision not made, or a warning not heeded — small things such as these are often the stuff of aviation accidents. However many hours of experience he or she may have, however many licenses and ratings, however much respected by other pilots, there can come a time when a wrong move will be made, and the pilot perhaps posthumously — will be held responsible for, a crash caused by pilot error.

In these transcripts of actual transmissions between pilots and controllers just prior to crashes one can see the grim scenario of mistakes leading to more mistakes. One pilot casually flies into known bad weather and bit by bit eliminates his options for escape. Another becomes lost over the Caribbean and wanders helplessly as controllers try to help her. Another determines that he will land at a socked-in airport regardless of the danger.

These incidents carry vital lessons to pilots of all degrees of experience and skill. The reader often discovers that he has at times blundered as one of the pilots does in this book and is grateful for the warning.

Accompanied by expert analyses of the errors and how to avoid them, these dialogues make for gripping reading, which is partly why “Pilot Error” has long been one of the most popular features of Flying magazine. Here are some of the most dramatic and instructive articles in that series.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Robert B. Parke & Peter Garrison. Size: 9¼" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: aircraft accidents human factors aeroplanes twenty-five accident reports aviation doomed was ifr flight recorded radio communications cockpit conversations safety his and passengers the editors flying magazine robert parke peter garrison 0442224516
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Augsburg Eagle: The Story of the Messerschmitt 109 by William Green (£12.50)Publisher: London: MacDonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd. — 1971Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0356038157]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Drawings; Diagrams;

From the cover: “The Augsburg Eagle was a fighting aircraft, but no ordinary warplane. It was perhaps the most famous of all single-seat fighters — Messerschmitt’s Bf 109. From its first appearance in Spanish skies it displayed all the characteristics of the true predatory bird, and for years its rakish contours, which endowed it with an air of ruthless efficiency, were virtually symbolic of the air power of Germany’s Third Reich.

By any standard it was one of the most remarkable warplanes ever conceived, and one of the few to achieve truly legendary status. It was destined to be built in larger numbers than any combat aircraft before or since; it was to achieve a record for production longevity unlikely ever to be bettered by another fighter, and it outlived in service virtually all its principal opponents of World War II.

No warplane ever had a more adventurous career than did this Eagle from Augsburg; a career traced through all its vicissitudes and drama in this profusely illustrated book. No warplane is more assured of a place in aviation’s metaphorical hall of fame than is the Messerschmitt Bf 109 that saw birth in Augsburg in 1934, met the first real challenge to its supremacy in the skies over Britain thirty years ago, and soldiered on in service into the late ‘sixties.”
Notes: Jacket designed by H. R. Hardy. Illustrated by John Weal. Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 128 pages. Tags: messerschmitt 109 fighter planes plane bf109 aircraft aeronautical engineering germany second world war aeroplanes aviation air types manufacturer history
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Fighters of the Luftwaffe by Joachim Dressel & Manfred Greihl (£12.50)Publisher: London: Arms & Armour Press — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1854091395]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Tables;

From the cover: “In this encyclopedic new work, the combined talents of two leading German aviation historians have produced possibly the ultimate illustrated reference to all German fighter aircraft. Most of the 300-plus original photographs have never been published before and they superbly illustrate all sub-types and development models of more than 30 aircraft.

All types are included: the advanced designs in the rearmament of the 1930s, such as the Heinkel 112, Henschel 121 and Messerschmitt 109, through every wartime fighter, including the FW 190A-D models, Bf 210 and Me 410, Ta 152, He 219 and Do 335, and full coverage of the development of the revolutionary jet and rocket aircraft in which Germany was far in advance of the Allies.

The appeal of this book is also in the range of aircraft photographs, which show special power-plant, radar and weapons developments as well as unusual unit markings, photos of types in manufacture and operational conversions in the field — all rarely seen. The accompanying text emphasises the development of the Luftwaffe fighters, with facts and figures on the huge range of variants and sub-types under testing and of which little is known — for example, the evolution of the standard Bf 109 into the P 1091 Extreme High Altitude Fighter of almost 60,000-feet operational ceiling.

There are numerous books on this subject, but few can boast the number and diversity of new illustrations and the comprehensive nature of the technical data in this superb new study. Restorers, collectors, historians and modellers will relish the wealth of fresh information offered by such a volume which sheds much new light on a subject previously considered incomplete.”
Notes: Size: 11" x 8¾". Greeh boards with Yellow titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: germany luftwaffe fighter planes history world war aircraft aeronautical engineering second aeroplanes aviation air military vehicles warfare bombers aerial operations german
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Jane's Aviation Review 1982-83 by Michael. J. H. Taylor (£12.50)Publisher: Jane's — 1982Binding: Hardback (Laminated Boards) [ISBN: 0710602162]Condition: Very Good+.Description: Second year of issue.Notes: Size: 10¾" x 8". 160 pages. Tags: harrier battlefield laker bright star airplanes jets fighters bombers aeroplanes flying pilots missiles air forces
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C-130 Hercules by M.E. Morris (£11.50)Publisher: Arms & Armour Press — 1989Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0853689768]Condition: Very Good. Lower wrapper a little dog-eared otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;Notes: Size: 8¾" x 8". [XIII] 130 pages. Tags: morris 0853689768 hercules turboprop transports history lockheed aeroplanes tactical airlift civilian major derivatives aerospace rescue reconnaissance weather marietta’s
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The Complete Book of Motor-cars, Railways Ships and Aeroplanes by Various (£11.50)Publisher: Odhams — 1949Binding: Hardback Condition: Very Good. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned. Pages a little age-tanned.Description: Illustrated / decorative end papers. Illustrated with black and white photographs. The Fully Illustrated Story of Power and Speed in Modern Transport. Railways — F. Ferneyhough; Motor-Cars and Motor-Cycles — A. V. Clifford, F. E. Dean and F. R. Morley; Ships — Frank C. Bowen; Aeroplanes — by W. N. S. Bevan;Notes: Size: 9" x 6". Red boards with Gilt & Embossed titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 384 pages. Tags: Railways locomotive types and classes steam locomotives the world electric diesel turbo-electric power robot signalling modern rolling stock motor-cars motor-cycles four-stroke cycle two-stroke superchargers silencing cooling ignition clutch gear-box john cobb’s railton george eyston goldie gardner’s records road-racing cars timing record jet turbine cars steam turbines diesel turbo electric marine engines floating hotels aeroplanes world’s air routes bristol brabazon standard beam approach radar meteorolog rolls-royce griffon merlin napier sabre rolls-royce eagle bristol centaurus jet rocket planes
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The Silent Revolution: The Development of Conventional Weapons 1945-85 by Guy Hartcup (£11.50)Publisher: London: Brassey's — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 008036702X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams;

From the cover: “The awful threat of nuclear war has tended to blind people to the great advances in conventional weapons technology that occurred in the latter half of the twentieth century. These were years of unprecedented investment in research and development, and despite the cost, of unparalleled scientific advancement. The Silent Revolution is the first book to chart the worldwide development of the whole spectrum of modern weapons systems since the closing years of the Second World War.

Guy Hartcup’s comprehensive study covers the many new weapon systems ranging from guided missiles to chemical weapons that have revolutionised air, land and sea warfare, and equally important, the scientific applications including electronics, communications and sensors, as well as the ability of the fighting man to handle new equipment. As a former official historian to the UK Air Ministry and the Treasury, he draws extensively upon official documents now released under the thirty year rule and upon the mass of unclassified material in the public domain covering more recent developments on both sides of the Atlantic. He has produced a unique study in which not only the weapons systems and their technology are examined but also the internecine strife between the services, each competing for a bigger share of the defence budget, and the impact of this and countless political cancellations on new projects.

The book ends on a timely warning against the dangers of succumbing to what the author calls ‘technophilia’, reminding us that, despite the widespread use of new technological wonders in the Gulf War, much of the weaponry used was based on technology going back tens of years.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXXI] 328 pages. Tags: artillery guided missiles nuclear weapons and marine naval engineering ships place world vietnam war electrical communication land service guns rockets biological warfare bacteriological chemical armament aeronautical aircraft aeroplanes aviation radar electronic systems conventional
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The Story of the Bomber 1914-1945 by Bryan Cooper (£11.50)Publisher: Cathay — 1974Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0861781112]Condition: Very Good - in Good+ DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges with a crease and 1" closed, archive-tape repaired, tear to the head of the upper panel.Description: Illustrated / decorative end papers. Illustrated with line drawings. From the cover: “The bombing offensive is probably the most controversial aspect of modern warfare. This book traces the development of the bomber from its earliest beginnings when pilots dropped steel darts, artillery shells and kerosene to the production of jet bombers — the atom bomb. The authoritative text and magnificent drawings tell the story of the evolution of the bomber and its destructive power.Notes: Illustrated by John Batchelor. Size: 12" x 9". Pictorial boards. 124 pages. Tags: bomber air forces airship raids aeroplanes bomb-sights radar armament modern warfare aviation first world war bombing from aeroplanes voisin il’ya muromets type breguet-michelin caudron biplane planes monoplane biplanes aircraft dive-bombers torpedo-bombers fighter-bombers ground attack role strike aircraft strategic bomber military aviation zeppelin glenn curtiss air service
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Aeronautics: Heavier-than-air Aircraft Their History and Development as Illustrated by the National Aeronautical Collection in the Science Museum Part II Catalogue of Exhibits with Descriptive Notes by M. J. B. [Maurice John Bernard] Davy (£10.50)Publisher: London: His Majesty's Stationery Office — 1949Binding: Paperback Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Notably rubbed at the outside edges of the covers and spine with fraying to the spine strip which is taped head and tail. Pages lightly age-tanned. Slightly fragile with age now. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Fold-out plans [1];Notes: Size: 9½" x 6". 108 pages. Tags: aeronautics history national aeronautical collection science museum primitive devices experimental models gliding soaring machines gliders stationary wing aircraft aeroplanes rotating autogiros helicopters parachutes
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Aeroplanes by John W.R. Taylor (£10.50)Publisher: The Educational Supply Association — 1961Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - In Tatty DJDescription: The development of aeroplanes from bird-men to jet engines. Illustrated with mono plates.
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British Civil Aircraft Register by Gordon Swanborough & John W. R. [William Ransom] Taylor (£10.50)Publisher: London: Ian Allan — 1970Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0711001375]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Tables;Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". Red boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 255 pages. Tags: airplanes britain registers aeroplanes british air ministry introduced civil aircraft airlines types registered first flight dates prototypes
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Fighter! A Pictorial History of International Fighter Aircraft by Bill Gunston (£10.50)Publisher: Parragon — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0752526081]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Dustwrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Previous owner’s inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white.

From the cover: “FIGHTERS ARE the thoroughbreds of the aviation world — they are agile, fast, lethally armed killers designed to seek out and challenge enemy aircraft and to win superiority of the skies. These are machines that are created to be deadly.

The first fighters appeared in World War I. In those days they looked very different: they were often biplanes, or even triplanes, and their flimsy structures were crafted out of wood, steel tube, bracing wires and fabric. Armed with machine-guns, they took part in the first aerial combats in the skies high above the trenches of France.

By World War II the technology had changed. These new fighters were streamlined monoplanes usually made of aluminium alloy. Engines of 150 horsepower had given way to power plants of ten times that power, and machine-guns were replaced by heavy shell-firing cannon. This conflict gave rise to some of the greats of fighter history — Spitfire, Mustang, Bf 109, Zero…

At the end of the war the jet engine swept away previous limitations on speed, opening the way for the design of new, aerodynamic fighter aircraft capable of flying faster than sound, while the development of guided-missile technology armed the fighter with a new generation of weapons.

Today’s fighters are packed with incredible electronic systems, and can fire lethal missiles at hostile aircraft beyond the horizon 200km (125 miles) away. Top-secret ‘stealth’ technology is now being developed to make the fighters of tomorrow virtually undetectable to enemy radar. This vividly-illustrated book traces the history of the world’s greatest fighters from World War I to the present day and provides a colourful and informative tribute to these fantastic aircraft..”
Notes: Size: 11¾" x 9¼". Pictorial boards. 96 pages. Tags: 9780752526089 fighter planes morane-saulnier guided-missile messerschmitt shell-firing sud-aviation machine-guns sukhoisu-27 aerodynamic streamlined eurofighter beaufighter supermarine polikarpov technology focke-wulf mitsubishi flycatcher monoplanes lightning aira kingcobra hurricane airacobra aerospace havilland triplanes dewoitine armstrong gladiator whitworth dassault etendard blenheim lockheed kawasaki electric mosquito fighters westland aircraft nakajima triplane greatest albatros spitfire republic missiles biplanes
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Radio Controlled Model Aircraft by Adrian Vale (£10.50)Publisher: Gresham Books — 1987Binding: Paperback Condition: Very Good.Description: Revised & Enlarged Edition. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “This book is perhaps the next best thing to having an experienced club member constantly at your elbow and at whom one can direct questions, being almost chatty in its style of writing.”Notes: Illustrated by Raf. Size: 8¼" x 5¾". 189 pages. Tags: learning fly simple aerodynamics engine starting and running propellors glues covering materials building hints about radio control radio installation balancing and checking the model learning solo with power model slope soarer powered soarer radio control flying r/c flyers build their own models radio controlled model aircraft aerobatic manoeuvre triplanes canards tail-first aeroplanes pylon racers flying boats seaplanes helicopters autogyros zeppelin scale models thermal soaring rudiments model flying
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An Ancient Air: A Biography of John Stringfellow of Chard, the Victorian Aeronautical Pioneer by Harald Penrose (£9.50)Publisher: Airlife — 2000Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9781840371840]Condition: Near Fine.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “An Ancient Air portrays the hitherto only briefly recorded life of John Stringfellow of Chard (1799-1883), the first man in the world to demonstrate that engine-powered winged flight was practicable.

Whereas earlier general aviation histories tend to discount Stringfellow’s work, An Ancient Air reveals that his absorption with aviation was lifelong, starting with the construction of balloons, recorded here for the first time. Though professionally a lace-machine specialist, he was interested in all aspects of scientific development — he was a founder member of the Chard Institution for educational lectures, pioneered local photography, devised medical apparatus and even patented an armoured gun-carriage.

This book seeks to demonstrate the relationship of Stringfellow’s work with that of his colleague, William Samuel Henson. They worked closely together on various aeronautical projects between the years 1835 and 1847, and the author puts forward evidence that it was Stringfellow who was entirely responsible for the historic 1848 monoplane, the first ever engine-driven model aeroplane to make a free flight. After Henson emigrated to the USA in 1848, Stringfellow continued to design revolutionary aeroplane models, such as the triplane he entered in the the 1868 Crystal Palace Exhibition.

In his old age Stringfellow maintained his interest in aviation and passed on his enthusiasm to his son, Frederick John Stringfellow, who later built a model biplane and a multi-plane.

An Ancient Air, meticulously researched by Harald Penrose, an acknowledged authority on aviation history, presents for the first time a detailed account of Stringfellow’s historic discoveries and sheds further welcome light on the pioneering days of aviation.”
Notes: Size: 8½" x 5¾". In the Airlife Classic series. 183 pages. Tags: 19th aeronautical aeronautics aeroplanes aerospace aircraft airplanes astronautics autobiography aviation biographies britain chard collections construction engineers flight flying henson historical inventions inventors military models political samuel stringfellow studies technology transportation
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An Introduction to Agricultural Geography by David Grigg (£9.50)Publisher: Hutchinson — 1986Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0091567114]Condition: Very Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank.Description: Reprint. [First: 1984, Thus.] From the cover: “Agriculture is by far the most important of the world’s economic activities, employing nearly half the total workforce. Methods vary enormously: some countries use computers, aeroplanes and all the most recent advances in industry and science; elsewhere a living is made with the simplest of tools, hardly changed over two or three thousand years.

This book is an introduction to the study of agricultural geography, with much to offer the student at A-level as well as those following courses at universities and polytechnics. It aims to show that a wide range of factors explain how agricultural practices differ from place to place. What farmers grow is influenced not only by differences in climate, soil and slope, but by the poverty or wealth of consumers, the density of the agricultural population, the cost of moving products to market, the policies of the state, and even the religion of farmers and their customers.

An Introduction to Agricultural Geography is written in Professor Grigg’s usual lively and accessible style, with copious widely-drawn examples.”
Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 204 pages. Tags: agribusiness agricultural agriculture altitude aspects behaviour biology climate cultural demand diffusion economics environment environmental farming framework geography industries innovations labour markets modernisation ownership peri-urban population regions related sciences slopes social soils transport
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F/A-18 Hornet by Bill Gunston (£9.50)Publisher: Ian Allan — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 071101485X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.Description: No. 22 in the series. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Outwardly the F/A-18 programme is a straightforward and successful one: some journalists have even written as if the Hornet is the greatest fighter there has ever been — which it possibly is.

Under the surface one finds many unusual features. The Hornet had its genesis in the Northrop YF-17, a lightweight land-based fighter. In turning it into the F/A-18, a carrier-based multi-role aircraft, almost every structural part was changed and the result is a larger aircraft, with different engines, totally new capabilities and more than doubled gross weight. Yet the casual observer, walking round the two aircraft, might be forgiven for saying their outward appearance looked almost identical.

Behind this lies much argument, and indeed acrimony. How did a Northrop aeroplane turn into a McDonnell Douglas aeroplane? Which company invented the Hornet? These may seem pointless and rather futile questions, but the author has served as an expert witness in one of the biggest industrial lawsuits in history, which so far has had curiously little exposure in the normally alert US media, and which was triggered off by the inadequacy of the deal the two companies actually struck. Fortunately they still, in between briefing the lawyers, continued building Hornets.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 7". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Modern Combat Aircraft series. 112 pages. Tags: aeronautical aeroplanes air aircraft aviation day douglas engineering f-18 fighter heavier history hornet individual jet manufacturer mcdonnell plane present than the types usa
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Fighter Pilot by Colin Strong; Duff Hart-Davis; (£9.50)Publisher: Queen Anne Press MacDonald & Co. — 1981Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0362005788]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper.Description: A Later Printing. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Diagrams;

From the cover: “Only a select few in today’s RAF pass out to fly fast jets — the Tornado, Harrier, Jaguar, Buccaneer, Phantom or Lightning. Flying at up to 950 feet per second, sometimes less than 250 feet above the ground to avoid enemy radar, a fast-jet pilot must possess formidable flying skills. His training must therefore also be formidable — and it is his exacting three-year training schedule that Fighter Pilot follows.

The book is based on the major BBC television series of the same name, which was produced with the wholehearted co-operation of the RAF. From the first day — when hopeful candidates reported to the Officers and Aircrew Selection Centre at Biggin Hill — the BBC cameras followed one ever-diminishing band of student-pilots through Officer Cadet Training at Henlow; Basic Flying Training at Linton-on-Ouse; Advanced Flying Training at Valley; the Tactical Weapons Unit at Brawdy; and the Buccaneer Operational Conversion Unit at Honington, to life at the sharp end with an operational squadron in West Germany. Of the thirty-four young hopefuls, only one reached the end of the fast-jet stream — at a cost of over a million pounds to the taxpayer. Fighter Pilot is a portrait of million-pound pilots in the making.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Williamson. Size: 9¾" x 7". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 167 pages. Tags: great britain royal air force recruiting enlistment fighter pilots training planes piloting aeronautics aeroplanes recruitment the officer cadet unit henlow
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Great Western Progress 1835 - 1935 by Anon. (£9.50)Publisher: David & Charles — 1972Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0715356682]Condition: Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper frayed, with a little loss to the top corner of the upper panel and a heavy crease alongside a 4" closed tear to the head of the lower panel. Boards slightly bowed with fading to the upper one. Text complete, clean and tight but slightly musty.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. Portraiture frontispiece. From the cover: “The Great Western Railway was more than a mere means of transport: it was a way of life. And never was this more clearly demonstrated than at the centenary in 1935. Only twelve years earlier all of Britain’s other main lines had been absorbed in the three new groups, the Great Western alone retaining its identity. By the mid-1930s, helped by skilful publicity and also by better financial results than those being obtained by the other three ‘groups’, the Great Western was truly in front. The GWR Centenary issue of The Times rapidly became a collectors’ piece and was soon reprinted in book form and published by the Great Western itself. Here, then, is a new impression of the book. It tells of the railway’b history and achievements, of its social altitude and future plans. Some of its illustrations are tantalisingly familiar; much of it appears as remote from us today as the age of the Romans.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by Sir Robert Horne. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the David & Charles Reprints series. 180 pages. Tags: about acton adopted aerial aeroplanes against air albert and appeared appointed april are bath between boat book boxes bridge bristol britain broad broad-gauge brunei buffet built burial busy cars cartoon castle centre century chairman chairmen cheltenham city cleaning coach colliery company construction control cooperation cornish cornishman created cutting daniel dawlish depot
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Jane's World Aircraft Recognition Handbook by Derek Wood (£9.50)Publisher: Jane's — 1979Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0354012614]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Light reading creases to the slightly faded spine. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated with black and white photographs.Notes: Size: 5" x 7½". 512 pages. Tags: accessible aeronautical aeroplanes aerospace air aircraft airplanes and armed authorities available aviation book civil comprehensive currently day education engineering forces general government heavier helicopters industries international manual military more place present provides recognition reference services technology than the training transport transportation types used warfare works world
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MiG 21 by Christopher Chant (£9.50)Publisher: Haynes — 1984Binding: Hardback First Edition. [ISBN: 0854294392]Condition: Very Good.Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Diagrams; Tables; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 has been built in greater numbers than any other warplane of the period since World War II, although when it first entered service with the Soviet air forces in the late 1950s it was dismissed rather scornfully as a useful but highly limited clear-weather Interceptor. Since then it has been transformed into an extremely useful multi-role fighter, capable of limited all-weather operations. It has been given improved avionics (including radar) and much-enhanced weapons capability, while two new engine types have improved payload and performance. Steady production has kept unit costs to a minimum and this has helped the USSR to promote the growth of Soviet influence by exporting the MiG-21 at exceptionally advantageous terms. Although slowly disappearing from the USSR’s front-line inventory, the MiG-21 remains in production and seems set for many more years of fruitful service.”
Notes: Size: 10¾" x 8½". Pictorial boards. In the Super Profile series. 56 pages. Tags: russia 1976 the present day aeronautical engineering aircraft aeroplanes aviation heavier than air individual types manufacturer mikoyan-gurevich mig-21 christopher chant 0854294392 super profile first editions firsts printings 1st
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The World's Fighters by H. F. [Horace Frederick] King (£9.50)Publisher: The Bodley Head — 1975Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0370108078]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly ruffled at the edges. Price Clipped. Prize plate to the first blank.Description: Revised edition. [First Edition: 1971] Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “To many people the most glamorous of aeroplanes is the fighter. This idea has been fostered by the stories of men flying alone high above the earth in the open cockpits of First World War aircraft when they fought the gaily-coloured Fokker, Albatros and Pfalz of the German Air Service.

This feeling for the fighter was further strengthened in 1940 when the Hurricanes and Spitfires of the Royal Air Force saved Britain from German invasion.

The fighters of both world wars are described in this book; but there is much more in it as well, for it traces the entire development of the fighter from its primitive beginnings nearly sixty years ago up to the present supersonic era. The most significant fighters of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan and the USSR are among those described in this international survey.

For this new edition the author has provided new material to take account of the latest fighter designs, and to bring the statistical tables completely up to date.”
Notes: Size: 7½" x 10". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Putnam World Aeronautical Library series. 128 pages. Tags: a5m aeroplanes aircraft airship albatros attacker aviation bac beaufighter biplanes bmw bomb boomerang brewster bristol buffalo cac consolidated coventry daimler-benz dassault davis demon douglas dynamics ejection etendard f-84f fairey fighters firefly firestreak flying fokker gambet german gloster grigorovitch grumman gunsights halberstadt hawker heinkel hispano hispano-suiza hotchkiss hurricanes ilyushin kawasaki ki-10 lightning macchi machine-gun mersey mitsubishi monoplane morane-saulnier moscow mustang nakajima nighthawk ordnance p-30 pfalz planes polikarpov potez pratt radar ramjet republic royal saab sepr service siddeley skynight sncaso spitfires stormovik supermarine taube thunderbolt thunderstreak triplane turbojet twin vautour wasp whitney works
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Spitfire by John Vader (£7.00)Publisher: Pan / Ballantine — 1972Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0345097572]Condition: Good. A pleasantg enough reading copy. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers.Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated with black and white photographs.Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5¼". In the The Pan/Ballantine Illustrated History of World War 2 series. Tags: aerial aeronautical aeroplanes air aircraft airfields aviation battle biggin bomber bombs britain chain coastal command defiants dieppe dogfight dunkirk engineering fighter fighting flying force general german geschwader goering great gruppe heavier hill home hurricanes individual john manufacturer nicolson night operations over pilots place planes production radar radar-equipped raf raid rotated royal sealion second sorties spitfeuer spitfires squadrons stations stukas supermarine tactics than the types unopposed war warfare world young
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