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French Aircraft 1939-42: Fighters, Bombers, Reconnaissance and Observation Types by Dominique Breffort (£151.00)Publisher: Paris: Histoire & Collections — 2011Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 2352501970]Condition: Near Fine. Slightest rubbing to the tips of the wrappers otherwise a very well presented copy of an uncommon title. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Drawings; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “Contrary to what was long believed and asserted, French Armée de I’Air was not crushed on the first day of the German attack, on 10 May 1940. For aircraft, France did have — and a lot! — and in particular it did have pilots who fought, who even fought very bravely, especially if you take into account the equipment they were using, that subtle blend of out-of-date and therefore vulnerable machines and new, modern aircraft with all their teething troubles which not always corrected. This book, which is actually the reissue, very substantially increased, of volumes 7 and 8 of the Planes & Pilots series bearing the same title and published by Histoire & Collections in 2004-2005, provides a comprehensive overview of military aircraft of the crucial period in the history of the Armée de I’Air extending from the beginning of World War II to the dissolution of the aviation of the Vichy regime. From Amiot to Potez, all fighters, bombers, reconnaissance and observation planes used by the Armée de I’Air between 1939 and 1942, produced in France or purchased abroad, are presented by alphabetical order, supplemented by an overview presentation of the main prototypes built and flying before the end of hostilities but which circumstances prevented from being produced in series, even though this was planned and indeed sometimes already started.”
Notes: Illustrated by Andre´ Jouineau [Profiles]. Size: 11¾" x 9". 160 pages. Tags: french france air history war 1939-1945 airplanes military 20th century aerial operations battles campaigns second vehicles forces warfare aviation europe bombers fighters pilots luftwaffe vichy regime
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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The Cold War Years: Flight Testing at Boscombe Down 1945-1975 by Tim Mason (£110.00)Publisher: Hikoki Publications — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1902109112]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper which is pulled at the foot of the rear panel with a crease as a result. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight. A nice copy of a not-so-common title. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams;

From the cover: “This is the sequel to Tim Mason’s acclaimed story of the A&AEE (Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment) during World War II and picks up developments from the end of the war — the beginning of the end of the piston-engine era and the dawn of the jet age — and into the Cold War years. The aircraft tested ranged from tiny piston-engined trainers, four-engined transports and a whole spectrum of jets and helicopters, many of which still serve as current RAF and Fleet Air Arm frontline types. The Ministry of Defence has specially cleared some of the material for use in this book.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 8½". Burgundy boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 336 pages. Tags: aeroplane and armament experimental establishment great britain airplanes military flight testing history aviation air forces warfare the americas international relations postwar 20th century from 1945 2000 tim mason 1902109112 first editions firsts printings 1st
P&P: UK 1st £7.50. UK 2nd £6.68. EU Surface £11.66. EU Air £11.60. ROW Surface £11.66. ROW Air £21.72

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TSR-2: Phoenix or Folly? by Frank Barnett-Jones (£104.00)Publisher: GMS Enterprises — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 187038427X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight. A nice copy of an umcommon title in any edition. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams;

From the cover: “In the late 1950’s the Government of the day embarked on a major initiative which was to change forever the basic structure of Britain’s Aviation Industry. At the same time the Royal Air Force had an urgent requirement for a new strike aircraft. From this emerged one of the most far-reaching military aviation programmes ever embarked upon by a British government up to that time. The subsequent arguments and debates for and against were voiced in all sections of the media, attracting both public attention and condemnation.

The new industry emerged from the ashes of the old as the British Aircraft Corporation and the Hawker Siddeley Group, however, the project that was formulated as the very incentive in bringing about the change was firstly condemned and then literally scrapped by a new, incoming government. It was always indicated that the project was cancelled because of its cost, but has this been used merely to disguise an underlying, alternative reason?

This book attempts to describe the aircraft, its systems and intended roles. At the same time it also traces the origins of the Operational Requirement and tries to piece together for the first time the controversial issues and personalities that conspired together to bring about the tragic downfall of the TSR-2.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: bac tsr jet attack plane fighter planes great britain design and construction military history transportation aviation technology engineering aircraft interest vehicles inventions frank barnett-jones 187038427x first editions firsts printings 1st
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Jane's Fighting Ships 1934 by Edited by Oscar Parkes (£100.00)Publisher: London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. — 1934Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Wrinkling to the upper board. Slightly loose. Bookshop sticker to the foot of the first advertisement. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Illustrated by way of: Frontispiece; Addenda [9pp]; Black & White Photographs; Silhouettes; Diagrams; Tables; Advertisements [41]; Plans;Notes: Size: 8¼" x 13". Ruled Blue boards with Gilt & Blind-stamped titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [XIV] 529 pages. Tags: british navy battle cruisers aircraft carriers minelayers flotilla leaders destroyers submarines escort vessels patrol boats minesweepers gunboats monitors depot ships warships london treaty hawkins class minotaur american japanese admiralty board
P&P: UK 1st £10.50. UK 2nd £9.24. EU Surface £16.86. EU Air £16.60. ROW Surface £16.86. ROW Air £31.72

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Jet: The Story Of A Pioneer by Sir Frank Whittle (£88.00)Publisher: Frederick Muller — 1953Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed, rubbed at the leading edge of the flaps and loss to the tail of the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the textblock heavily spotted. One leaf of the contents section is mis-trimmed at the top corner and stands proud of the block. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. A decent copy, uncommon in the first edition. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “At the Royal Air Force Station at Cranwell in Lincolnshire on the evening of the I5th May, 1941, an aeroplane of unusual type was seen to taxi to the eastern end of the runway and then, after a run of 600 yards, to rise gracefully into the air for a flight of seventeen minutes. To the distant observers one very strange thing about this beautiful little aeroplane was that it had a very short undercarriage, but an even stranger thing was that it had no propeller. The aeroplane was the Gloster/Whittle E. 28/39 — the world’s first successful jet aeroplane — making its first flight.

This book is primarily the story behind that historic event. Frank Whittle, who eleven years earlier, at the age of 22, had applied for his patent for a turbo-jet engine, here sets on record with characteristic modesty his own courageous pioneer work and that of the small company, Power Jets Ltd. , which he helped to form in March 1936 to develop the engine. The dreams of his boyhood and the plans of his youth were brought to fruition in an invention that not only revolutionised military aircraft but set Britain ahead of the world in Civil Aviation, bringing the inventor a knighthood and an award of £100,000 at the age of only forty-one.

In non-technical language the author describes, for the first time, his hard and often bitter struggle with engineering problems, with financial difficulties and with the frustrations arising out of official policy. He also reveals the epic story of Power Jets’ successful battle against severe engineering difficulties, in spite of serious handicaps and of its losing battle against a combination of powerful forces in Government and Industry.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 320 pages. Tags: whittle frank sir knight aeronautical engineer and inventor the jet engine 1907-1996 airplanes propulsion turbojet engines history engineers great britain biography biographies first editions firsts printings 1st
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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The Osprey Encyclopedia of Russian Aircraft by Bill Gunston (£77.00)Publisher: London: Osprey Aerospace — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1855324059]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper has been misfolded by the publisher at the head of the lower panel and is very slightly creased at the foot of the spine which has a small ding mid-way. Description: First in this edition. [First: 1983 as Aircraft of the Soviet Union] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams;

From the cover: “This huge work constitutes Bill Gunston’s 330th book. Commenting on its content, the author states It has taken more blood, sweat and tears than any 20 ordinary books. For one thing, at least half of what we thought we knew about Russian aircraft has turned out to be wrong.

At last, this exhaustive compilation can be put before the public with confidence that it documents the true histories of some 1000 types of aircraft. At last, the ‘red herrings’ and spurious details invented (mostly in the two decades between 1950 and 1970 by people in the West) have been swept away and replaced by the facts. It can confidently be claimed that no book in the history of aviation has ever contained anything like as much new information.

The author thought his task would be greatly eased by the fact that in 1983 he had written the then definitive work on the subject, entitled Aircraft of the Soviet Union. This was the bible on the subject for many years, but when it came to compiling this new work, Gunston had to check over every word because so much of what was thought to be fact has turned out to be wrong in varying degrees. Moreover, as there is no longer a Soviet Union the title of the completed work had to change.

This in turn meant that the starting point had to go back from 1918 to 1875!

The main text is prefaced by sections on aircraft designations, engines, air-launched weapons, avionics and many other topics including Western reporting names. At the end of the book is a section on Ekranoplans, which the West often call by the clumsy title wing-in-ground-effect vehicles . Some of these are veritable flying ships, with awesome size and performance, and many are products of aircraft design teams. This section itself could have formed a complete book, and much of the information included here has not previously been published.

It needed the proverbial shoehorn to get it all in between one pair of covers, as the amount of information provided is astronomic. Pick any type and compare its treatment with what you get in any other source — even one dealing with just a specific design team. This volume really is the ultimate work on Russian aircraft.”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXXIII] 526 pages. Tags: airplanes soviet union history military russia aircraft socialist republics federation aerospace aviation technology engineering ukraine uzbekistan 20th century russian transportation
P&P: UK 1st £10.50. UK 2nd £9.24. EU Surface £16.86. EU Air £16.60. ROW Surface £16.86. ROW Air £31.72

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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
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Aeroplanes, Seaplanes and Aero Engines by P. H. [Percy James Hammond] Sumner (£69.00)Publisher: London: Crosby Lockwood & Son — 1929Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Just. A copy for reading being generally shabby but text complete and acceptable. Heavily bruised at the head, tail and corners of the rather soiled boards with the upper board beginning to fray at the join. Personal stamp to the pastedown. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned with a very occasional, neat, addition to the tabular data by a researcher it seems. Description: Number II in the series. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Graphs; Diagrams;Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Pale Blue boards with Gilt & Embossed titling to the Spine & Upper Board. In the Science of Flight series. [XV] 292 [3] pages. Tags: science flight airplanes motors aerodynamics airscrew types aero engines planes seaplanes rigging truing aircraft aeronautical instruments original cierva autogyro supermarine napier s.5 lilienthal bristol fighter airship streamlines
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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British Experimental Jet Aircraft by Barrie Hygate (£66.00)Publisher: Hemel Hempstead: Argus Books — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1854860100]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Small ding to the foot of the upper board with a shallow crease to the bottom corner of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Tables; Plans;

From the cover: “The maiden flight of Gloster’s E28/39 experimental jet aircraft in May 1941 marked the arrival of a new age in British aviation.

In this comprehensive and unique book, Barrie Hygate traces the development of British jet aircraft, from the E28/39 to the British Aerospace EAP in 1986, through an in-depth examination of experimental or prototype jets of the period. He covers the forty-one experimentals which were built but failed to reach production, or which reached an advanced stage of construction. Produced in secrecy, with stringent funding, often utilising components borrowed from other types, these were the machines that opened new frontiers in flight research. Each in its own way reached into hitherto unknown realms of risk, often with tragic results, and they were to lead ultimately to the better-known Hunters, Scimitars, Victors, Vulcans, Lightnings, and Concorde.

In these pages, Barrie Hygate describes in detail each aircraft’s development history, construction and its power plant. He concludes each description with a 3-view, original Vn. scale drawing. Never before published in book form, these are the product of many years’ research and draughtsmanship.

British Experimental Jet Aircraft chronicles the story of this path breaking era and is an absolutory indispensable reference work for aviation enthusiasts everywhere.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 8½". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 272 pages. Tags: jet planes britain history aircraft design construction spacecraft
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The Martinsyde File by Ray Sanger (£66.00)Publisher: Tonbridge: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. — 1999Binding: Hardback First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0851302734]Condition: Very Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps; Tables; Plans;Notes: Size: 12" x 8½". Pictorial boards. 261 pages. Tags: sanger 9780851302737 martinsyde aircraft history
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Jane's Fighting Ships 1958-59 by Raymond V. B. [Victor Bernard] Blackman (£62.00)Publisher: London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. — 1958Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavy sunning to the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Silhouettes; Tables; Advertisements [64]; Plans;Notes: Size: 13" x 8¼". Blue boards with Gilt & Blind-stamped titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [XXVI] 446 pages. Tags: transarctic navigation nuclear powered submarines skate guided missile united states navy admiralties naval constructors strategy global sea warfare missiles major powers aircraft carrier destroyers frigates battleships cruisers torpedoes anti-submarine fleet ballistic polaris canadian destroyer escort fraser
P&P: UK 1st £10.50. UK 2nd £9.24. EU Surface £16.86. EU Air £16.60. ROW Surface £16.86. ROW Air £31.72

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The Battle of Britain: Then and Now by Edited by Winston G. Ramsey (£57.00)Publisher: London: Battle of Britain Prints International — 1982Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0900913258]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: 2nd (revised) edition, 1st printing, [First Published: 1980] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Ribbon Markers [1]; Tables; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “Forty years later, After the Battle magazine has ploughed an entirely fresh furrow across this legendary field of human conflict to produce what has now come to be regarded as a memorial to The Few’.

This 816-page book contains over one thousand seven hundred pictures and over half a million words of text contributed by specialists, enthusiasts and historians. It does not attempt to re-tell the story of the battle once again. Instead it has been the Editor’s intention to bring a new aspect to the combat between July 10 — October 31, 1940 through the presentation of comparative ‘then and now’ photographs familiar to readers of After the Battle magazine.

Never before has such detailed coverage been given to the losses of either the Royal Air Force or the Luftwaffe. The graves of RAF aircrew that were killed have been listed, visited by the editorial team and photographed as a complete and lasting record of those that died. The pilots, their memorials, crashes and crash sites, and the aircraft that have survived are profusely illustrated. Twenty of the most famous fighter aerodromes from which they flew have been explored and are described as they were at the time and as they are today, with a particularly detailed account of one typical front line station.

With an extra 96 pages, the Mk II edition brings together all the additional research and information on the battle which has come to light since the book was originally published. Also included is a complete listing of ‘The Few’ — all those aircrew of Fighter Command who participated in the Battle — which is the culmination of more than twenty-five years’ work by John Holloway. Plus illustrated indexes of aircraft and personnel together with a pen portrait of Pilot Officer Keith Gillman — featured on the dustjacket.

No book has ever been published that chronicles the Battle of Britain in this way. Among its pages, men and events, aircraft and aerodromes that have already been consigned to the past are commemorated in the present.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 8¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 816 pages. Tags: britain royal air force fighter command history battle pilots british irish second world war military battles campaigns forces warfare engineering aircraft united kingdom aviation graves memorials crash sites raf luftwaffe
P&P: UK 1st £15.00. UK 2nd £10.35. EU Surface £24.66. EU Air £24.10. ROW Surface £24.66. ROW Air £46.72

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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
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
Military Aircraft Markings by Peter R. March (£53.50)Publisher: Ian Allan — 1996Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0711024251]Condition: Very Good.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs.Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). In the Ian Allan ABC series. 176 pages. Tags: maintenance/support forward-looking countermeasures anti-ballistic reconnaissance air-to-surface 9780711024250 abbreviations british-based anti-surface air-launched organization code-letters surveillance observation cross-check battlefield operational helicopters limitation electronic navigation air-to-air helicopter insurgency reference strategic anti-ship airforces pilotless squadrons infra-red platform aircraft atlantic detector maritime analysis european markings military location airborne tactical magnetic warplane overseas historic usn/usmc take-off squadron
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British Defence Equipment Catalogue Eighth Edition 1976 Volume 1: Products, Sections 1-24 by Anon. (£52.00)Publisher: Combined Service Publications Ltd. — 1976Binding: Hardback Condition: Very Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Tables;Notes: Size: 12" x 8¼". Grey boards with Gilt & Decorative titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 552 pages. Tags: armed forces equipment catalogs ministry defence export services organisation military supplies weapons and weapon control systems for aircraft airborne radio transmitters aerial reconnaissance computer-based trainers simulators great britain stores anon
P&P: UK 1st £8.25. UK 2nd £9.24. EU Surface £12.96. EU Air £12.85. ROW Surface £12.96. ROW Air £24.22

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Jane's Fighting Ships 1960-61 by Raymond V. B. [Victor Bernard] Blackman (£52.00)Publisher: London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. — 1960Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and grubby with heavy fading to the spine. Boards lightly dinged at the top edges. Text complete, clean and tight bar one small, tape-repaired, tear at the last leaf. Description: Illustrated by way of: Cutaways; Black & White Photographs; Silhouettes; Tables; Advertisements; Plans;Notes: Size: 13" x 8¾". Blue boards with Gilt & Blind-stamped titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [XXIV] 436 pages. Tags: navies periodicals warships british american technical ship data hermes aircraft carrier guided missile destroyer mohawk naval affairs ships united navy battle line-of-battle nuclear power cruiser missiles-cruisers destroyers frigates submarines
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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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Project Cancelled: British Aircraft That Never Flew by Derek Wood (£49.00)Publisher: The Bobbs-Merrill Company — 1975Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0672521660]Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sealed in mylar and a little grubby overall. Previous owners' inscription to the head of the title page. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned and slightly musty. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams;Notes: Size: 10" x 7½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [IX] 253 pages. Tags: great britain aeronautical engineering projects abandonment history research aeronautics aircraft industry military aspects interim fighter development the rocket fighters fairey delta 1000 and trident bomber developments tsr swing-wings supersonics hawker transonic 0672521660 first editions firsts printings 1st
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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
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Back to the Drawing Board: Aircraft That Flew But Never Took Off by Bill Gunston (£44.00)Publisher: Motorbooks International — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0760303169]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams;

From the cover: “An aircraft designer would, quite obviously, never design an aeroplane that he felt would be either dangerous or unsuitable for its purpose. But designers are so often the victims of accountant’s reports, committee recommendations and severe movement of the goal-posts, that the end-product that takes to the air bears little resemblance to his original concept. This book is a study of some of the examples that, for some reason, became notorious for their inability to fulfil their raison d’etre.

Each aircraft that is included is looked at in depth from several aspects. What was the intended purpose of the aeroplane? Why did the designer reach his conclusion? Why did the machine fail to live up to expectations? The answers to these questions makes for fascinating reading and gives a tantalising insight into the world of aircraft design and construction over the last century.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 168 pages. Tags: airplanes design and construction history science mathematics reference research aircraft transportation technology engineering aviation aerospace air forces warf bill gunston 0760303169 first editions firsts printings 1st
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with the Carriers in Korea: The Fleet Air Arm Story 1950-1953 by John R. P. Lansdown (£44.00)Publisher: Crécy Publishing — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0947554645]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper front flap slightly creased otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Tables; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “Although within living memory of those who took part, and their families, the Korean war has been largely neglected in publishing. There have been only a small number of books available and these have tended to detail the actions of the British, Commonwealth and US Armies. The fact that the British and Commonwealth navies, and particularly the Fleet Air Arm, were heavily involved has been largely overlooked.

This imbalance has at last been redressed by an author who, as a Lt. Commander, served with the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) in Korea on board the aircraft carrier HMS Glory. In this book, John Lansdown has produced the definitive record of this era, including a historical perspective of the period leading up to the conflict and a full and detailed history of sea and air operations in South East Asia from 1950-1953. All Royal Navy and United States Navy ships involved in the conflict are mentioned, and all the carriers which saw action are detailed in the text. This vital work of reference is enlivened by a stunning photographic content and extracts from the Squadron Diaries and Line Books, covering every day that aircraft flew into battle. A unique and absorbing book.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 7". Yellow boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VIII] 520 pages. Tags: great britain royal navy fleet air arm korean war 1950-1953 aerial operations british history naval john lansdown 0947554645 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Battleship and Cruiser Aircraft of the United States Navy 1910-1949 by William T. Larkins (£42.00)Publisher: Atglen: Schiffer Publishing Ltd. — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0764300881]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Tables;

From the cover: “This thorough study of the history, development and service of floatplanes carried on battleships and cruisers documents a long neglected subject for the first time in over 400 photographs. From the 1920s through World War II, aircraft operating from catapults were used for spotting gunfire and scouting ahead of the fleet Flying these planes was unique and the dramatic launching and recovery operations are covered by both photographs and text. Colors and markings are detailed and special attention has been paid to images showing catapult and ship details for both the ship and aircraft modeller. The assignment of all aircraft by type, totals, squadrons and ships is given annually from 1924 to 1949. In addition to rare photos of all of the experimental aircraft that were tested for this purpose, an additional chapter covers floatplanes used on small ships and submarines.”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Black boards with White titling to the Spine & Upper Board. In the Schiffer Military/Aviation History series. 272 pages. Tags: schiffer military aviation history united states navy floatplanes battleships cruisers airplanes catapult ship details experimental aircraft 1910-1949 air forces warfare vehicles engineering technology
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Equinox: Ekranoplan by Aldo Palumbo (£42.00)Publisher: Channel Four — 1998Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1851442243]Condition: Very Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams;

From the cover: “Ekranoplans — craft designed to exploit the special aerodynamics of low-altitude flight — unite many of the advantages of ships and aircraft. They can travel at high speed but are much cheaper than aircraft to build and run. What’s more, the bigger they are, the more efficient they become, so they can carry huge cargoes or large numbers of passengers.

Seeing the military potential of such a craft, Nikita Khrushchev backed a programme to develop a massive ekranoplan during the Cold War. The result weighed 540 tonnes and was capable of speeds exceeding 400 kph.

Various research and development programmes have since been pursued independently, and now, with congested airports and overstretched air-traffic control systems in many parts of the world, it seems the ekranoplan’s time may have come.

This booklet gives the history of the ekranoplan, explains its aerodynamics, looks at current projects and analyses the combination of circumstances that could make these vessels a common sight in our harbours and waterways. It also provides details of sources of further information.”
Notes: Size: 11¾" x 6¾". 20 pages. Tags: 9781851442249 machines caspian sea-monster sea monster aldo palumbo 1851442243
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Jane's Fighting Ships 1944-45 (Corrected to April, 1946) by Edited By Francis E. [Edwin] McMurtrie (£42.00)Publisher: London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. — 1946Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding with a small tear to the spine at the join of the upper board. Gently shaken. Tanned at the pastedowns and blanks. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Addenda [36pp. ]; Black & White Photographs; Silhouettes; Diagrams; Tables; Advertisements [70]; Plans;Notes: Size: 8½" x 13". Blue boards with Gilt & Blind-stamped titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [XXX] 636 pages. Tags: british navy battleships battle cruiser aircraft carriers minelayers destroyers submarines sloops frigates corvettes minesweepers swiftsure tiger tribal class admiralty committee dallas
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History of the Polish Air Force, 1918-68 by Jerzy B. Cynk (£41.00)Publisher: Reading: Osprey Publishing — 1972Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 085045039X]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper lightly sunned at the spine otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Tables; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “This detailed account of the Polish Air Force — its birth in revolution, its brief but heroic period as the air arm of an independent nation, and its present status as one of the principal weapons in the armoury of the Soviet bloc — fills a serious gap in published aviation history. It is the first complete coverage of the subject to appear anywhere in the world.

The survey is divided into six parts: the birth of the Polish Air Force, up to 1918; the P. A. F’. s part in the fight for Poland’s independence, 1918-20; the inter-war developments, 1921-39; the air war over Poland, September 1939; the P. A. F. contribution to the Allied cause in France and Britain, 1940-45; and the P. A. F. of the Polish People’s Republic, 1943 to the present. In addition extensive appendices list data on aircraft supplies and equipment strength, operational records, commanders, bases, and losses and air victories in the two world wars. 250 photographs provide a unique record, and are of special interest to students of the early years of European aircraft.

Based on much information new to the West, exhaustively documented, and written with admirable objectivity, it amounts to more than a history of an air force. The author has taken such trouble to explain the historical, social and economic background that it becomes an important contribution to the history of Poland itself, and a commentary on the socio-political problems of air technology which are just as applicable today.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7½". Red boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 307 pages. Tags: poland polskie powietrzne history aeronautics 20th century air force unit histories forces free polish armed communist second world war military warfare
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The Blitz Then and Now Volume 1: September 3, 1939 to September 6, 1940 by Edited By Winston G. Ramsey (£40.00)Publisher: London: Battle of Britain Prints International — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0900913452]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Diagrams; Maps; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “Volume 1 of a trilogy spanning the air war on Britain, The Blitz Then and Now, this book covers the first year, the period from phoney war to total war: September 3, 1939 to September 6, 1940. Beginning with endless air raid warnings and a sense of unreality, it was a phase which was to culminate in Hitler threatening to raze Britain’s cities to the ground.

As a direct source of the day-to-day effects of Luftwaffe operations over Britain at the time, the book utilises extracts from the 24-hour log compiled by the Ministry of Home Security, and this provides a contemporary diary of events as they affected the Home Front. These entries ideally form the setting for a detailed record of the losses sustained by the Luftwaffe over Britain and within sight of land: a barometer of the air war, showing clearly the changing climate of hostilities. Until the summer of 1940 these were mainly reconnaissance flights and attacks on shipping, which gathered pace after Dunkirk as the air attack on Britain and the Royal Air Force escalated through its several stages as a prelude to invasion. Every German crash on land is listed with its crew, and footnotes are included on all those which are known to have been investigated or excavated since the end of the war, together with photographs of some of the more interesting discoveries.

Features and special articles by historians and eyewitnesses intersperse the daily happenings, illustrating life at the time on both the civilian and service fronts, and contrasting descriptions by German airmen give us an insight into just what it was like to be on the other side.

Even now, within a single generation, it seems another world… a part of history… yet the link with the present day is depicted by the comparison ‘then and now’ photographs which are a central feature of all After the Battle publications.

For its unique photographic coverage, and its contribution to the literature of the period, this book is likely to serve as an incomparable record in the years to come.”
Notes: Jacket designed by From a painting by George A. Campbell. Size: 12" x 8½". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 336 pages. Tags: world war 1939-1945 aerial operations german great britain air england history second military europe technology transportation aviation aircraft interest winston ramsey 0900913452 then and now first editions firsts printings 1st
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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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Jane's Fighting Ships 1978-79: Eighty-first Year of Issue by Edited By Captain John Moore (£35.00)Publisher: London: Jane's Yearbooks — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0354005707]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a short tear to the head of the lower panel which has a fold running across the width. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Tables; Advertisements;Notes: Size: 13" x 8¾". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 813 pages. Tags: moore 0354005707 pennant list major surface ships lists recognition silhouettes ship designations naval forces composition fleet mercantile marine frigates corvettes amphibious light mine warfare aircraft carriers cruisers destroyers survey vessels service tenders tugs
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Ace of Aces: M. St. J. Pattle - Top Scoring Allied Pilot of WWII by E. C. R. [Edgar Charles Richard] Baker (£34.00)Publisher: Somerton: Crecy Books — 1992Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 094755436X]Condition: Poor - in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, heavier at the head of the spine with a small nick, price-sticker scar to the upper panel. Title page removed, errata slip remains. Description: Publishing date unvailable due to the lack of the title page, dated from references. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “The nomination of the greatest fighter pilot of the Royal Air Force in the Second World War must always be a matter for argument. So many of the qualities which add up to greatness are not measurable — courage, leadership, endurance. The only concrete yardstick is the number of confirmed kills, the score of enemy aircraft shot down. It is on the latter account that M T St John Pattle can now be called the top-scoring Allied fighter pilot of World War II. But it is also the above-mentioned qualities which have placed ‘Pat’ Pattle, the boy from Butterworth, in the hall of legends. Yet, after the war Pattle’s achievements seemed destined never to be fully recognised — both because all records in the air campaign in Greece in 1941 were destroyed during the Allied retreat, and because the Greek campaign itself, viewed as an Allied defeat, was never perhaps given the acknowledgement it deserved. E C R Baker has pieced together Pattle’s amazing career with authoritative detail; this he has achieved through exhaustive research carried out in co-operation with the surviving pilots and other members of the squadrons with which Pattle fought. ‘Pat’ Pattle, once the unknown ace, was killed in the bitter fighting over Greece, and the records of his squadron never reached the Air Ministry files. But the author’s researches confirm that Pattle had shot down at least forty enemy planes in nine months of action before he was killed in April 1941. Furthermore, following the original publication of this book, the author was contacted by numerous people who knew, or were with, Pattle, during his career in the RAF, and provided further evidence of Pattle’s feats. On the basis of that evidence, Pattle’s confirmed kills can unquestionably be placed at between forty-four and sixty-four aircraft shot down. But this is more than a retelling of statistics. Here is the story of an outstanding fighter pilot and a great leader of men, the unknown ace of the Royal Air Force. Pattle was born in the Cape and raised on a lonely farm in Namibia. He discovered early in his life a keen desire within him to fly. He was rejected by the South African Air Force in 1933, but became more determined than ever to achieve his ambition. Pattle left South Africa to join the Royal Air Force before the war and achieved a success out of all proportion to expectations. He did much to help the hard-pressed troops on the ground. On 20 April 1941, a sick man, he led the remnants of his own and another squadron against an armada of over a hundred German aircraft. In the desperate fighting that followed, he shot down at least two enemy aircraft and then dived to the rescue of one of his pilots. The odds were too heavy and seconds later his aircraft, with Pattle slumped over the controls, crashed in the Bay of Eleusis.”
Notes: Size: 9¼" x 5". Cream boards with White titling to the Spine. [XVII] 228 pages. Tags: baker 094755436x air fighting warfare force unit histories forces south africa second world war 1919 operation crusader volunteer formations volunteers royal raf squadron british squadrons biographical
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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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V-Bombers: Vulcan, Victor and Valiant - Britain's Airborne Nuclear Deterrent by Tim Laming (£33.00)Publisher: Patrick Stephens Limited — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1852605294]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams;

From the cover: “Vulcan, Victor and Valiant — three of the most distinctive and impressive aircraft ever to have been produced in Great Britain. Immensely capable, each of these bombers was designed with one objective in mind — to deliver nuclear bombs into the heart of the Soviet Union. Futuristic in appearance, they were developed less than five years after the end of the Second World War, when Britain was secretly preparing her first atomic weapons.

A huge fleet of V-bombers was maintained in top condition, ready to fly their deadly missions with little advance warning. Continual exercises ensured the crews were fully trained for a task which their very existence and readiness was intended to avoid. Had they gone to war, it would have been unlikely that Britain would have survived in a recognisable form by the time of their return. Their raison d’être was deterrence, and history has shown how successful this policy was. The full story is told in detail, including how and why the V-force was created, through to its demise.

Following the transfer of Britain’s nuclear deterrent from the RAF to the Royal Navy, the Vulcan and Victor remained in RAF service. Although, thankfully, neither type was ever called upon to perform its primary role, the Vulcan was at the forefront of Britain’s liberation of the Falkland Islands in 1982. A lone aircraft carried out the longest range bombing mission in history to disable the islands’ only runway. In the Gulf War of 1991 Victor tankers carried out countless refuelling missions throughout the conflict.

Today, relics of the V-force are scattered throughout the UK in the form of abandoned airfields, former bomb stores and missile sites, and a handful of aircraft which have survived as museum exhibits. Tim Laming is an experienced aviation writer and photographer with several books to his credit. He counts himself lucky to have flown as a crew member in many combat aircraft, from the Phantom and Harrier to the Jaguar, Lightning, Buccaneer and Hornet. He lives in Sheffield.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 7". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. Tags: great britain royal air force advanced striking history bombers nuclear weapons vulcan jet bomber victor valiant planes transportation europe tim laming 1852605294 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1985-86 by John W. R. [William Ransom] Taylor (£32.50)Publisher: London & New York: Jane's Publishing Company Limited — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0710608217]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper creased and rubbed at the edges, snagged at the head of the spine, creased at the flaps and a little loose to the book. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Diagrams; Tables; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;Notes: Size: 13" x 8¾". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 879 pages. Tags: airplanes directories aeronautics yearbooks seroplanes military history aircraft technical data serials john william ransom taylor
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Britain & The Sea by VARIOUS (£32.00)Publisher: St. James's House — 2005Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Very slightly ruffled edges of DJ.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Britain has a proud maritime heritage encompassing the impressive history of the Royal Navy, as well as the contribution made by civilian seafarers over the years. Yet rather than dwelling on the past, the focus of this book goes beyond the current horizon and embraces the advances that have been made in all spheres of contemporary life. Accordingly, we identified a breathtakingly diverse host of organizations and institutions, many of them international, which, through excellence in their particular spheres, continue to contribute to one common aim. That aim is to ensure that Britain remains a prosperous, outward-looking force for good in the world community, as well as a tolerant and benevolent nation which some 60 million of us are privileged to call home.”Notes: Size: 11¾" x 8½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 991 pages. Tags: fleet air arm royal fleet auxiliary naval historical defence procurement agency green jackets shipping atomic weapons establishment qinetiq paradigm selex defence security systems defence aerospace united kingdom hydrographic national union marine aviation and shipping transport officers shipyards buckie shipyard dockwise shipping bibby line isle man steam packet company marine
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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
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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 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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October 1973: The Arab-Israeli War by Frank Aker (£28.00)Publisher: Archon Books — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0208020667]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dustwrapper. Unlaminated dustwrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Boards slightly sprung. Text complete, clean and tight but very slightly musty.Description: Illustrated with diagrams & maps. From the cover: “On October 6, 1973, the world was taken by surprise. Egypt sent troops and equipment across the Suez at the Bar Lev Line and the Syrians advanced through the rugged Golan Heights. Few military analysts thought that either country could succeed in a confrontation with Israel, considered a mini super power and famous for swift and devastating victories in war. But this did not happen. Israel instead found itself fighting for survival on two fronts.”Notes: Jacket designed by Marie-Louise Scull. Foreword or introduction by Maj. Gen. George S Patton. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Black titling to the Spine. 185 pages. Tags: israel-arab war 1973 956’.048 yom kippur war post-world war arab-israeli conflict israel occupied territories egyptian attack israeli counterattack israeli advance west bank israeli tank bricade arab tank division main battle tanks first-line aircraft israeli missile boats general hoffi major general laner gonen ral bar-lev mandler magen general yzhaki colonel granit
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The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Commercial Aircraft by Editor-in-Chief Bill Gunston (£27.00)Publisher: Windward — 1980Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0711200602]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper and a small scuff to the upper panel. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings; Diagrams; Tables;

From the cover: “This book is a comprehensive account of all the major commercial aircraft, from the first jets like the Nene Viking and Jet Lancastrian, to possible futuristic designs like slew-winged airliners and hydrogen-fuelled aircraft. Also included are the wide-bodied giants of today, the Boeing 747 and the 11-86, together with supersonic types such as the Anglo-French Concorde and the Russian Tu-144. The latter was the first supersonic airliner to fly and enter service, even though its full-scale development began after that of Concorde.

Civil helicopters play a vital role in urban communications and link remote and difficult sites like oil rigs and timber camps. The wide range of general aviation aircraft complement these helicopters, since both are used for tasks like search and rescue, crop-spraying, air-ambulances, fire-fighting, aerial photography and as executive transports.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Commercial Aircraft contains lists of specifications, three-views, cutaways and colour illustrations, as well as the historical and mechanical details of the aircraft which are changing the face of the world.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 9". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 326 pages. Tags: transport planes dictionaries jet airliners civil helicopters whirlwind series westland s-51 sikorsky xingu embraer nene viking vickers-armstrong trident hawker siddeley dc-9 mcdonnell douglas concorde aerospatiale british aerospace mercure dassault-breguet conestoga aermacchi lockheed mu-2 mitsubishi bandeirante aviation fleet jetliners intercontinental journeys commercial aircraft encyclopaedias editor-in-chief bill gunston 0711200602 first editions firsts printings 1st
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War at Sea 1939-45 by John Hamilton (£24.50)Publisher: Poole: Blandford Press — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0713716606]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: 2nd impression. [First Edition: 1986] Signed by the author on the half-title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Jacket illustration: War Horse of the Allied Navies at Sea; Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates; Diagrams; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “John Hamilton is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading painters of the Second World War at sea. His paintings of the war in the Pacific are on exhibition in Washington DC while a permanent site for them is being established. The series portraying the conflict in the Atlantic and European waters forms an essential part of the Imperial War Museum’s collection on board HMS Belfast in the Pool of London.

War At Sea includes 176 of his superb paintings. Careful research and the assistance of a worldwide panel of advisers have ensured great accuracy both in the events depicted and in the equipment, vessels and aircraft involved.

Above all, the paintings give a clear and dramatic impression of war at sea. They are a tribute to the courage and endurance of the sailors and marines, soldiers and airmen of all nationalities, whether on the convoys to Russia, supporting the D-Day landings or launching an assault on the Pacific islands. They do not glorify war but are dedicated to the belief that to understand it is to understand also how urgent is the need to keep the peace.

The paintings are supported by a lively text with 43 maps. Together, they make WAR at SEA a unique contribution to the literature of the Second World War.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Lewin and Admiral Arleigh Burke. Size: 14" x 10¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 272 pages. Tags: world war 1939-1945 naval operations history military battles campaigns second john hamilton admiral the fleet lord lewin and arleigh burke 0713716606 first editions firsts printings 1st
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British Research and Development Aircraft: Seventy Years At the Leading Edge by Ray Sturtivant (£24.00)Publisher: Haynes — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0854296972]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Every advance that has ever occurred in aviation has been the result of a new problem encountered and then solved. From the very earliest days Britain was in the forefront of progress by empirical means, and by 1917 it was already becoming the practice to build special aircraft for trials purposes to test some theory or line of research without necessarily any intention of placing those machines in production. Very soon this arrangement was formalized by the issuing of Government contacts to an Air Ministry specification.

The aircraft and designs encompassed within this system embrace most of the more important aspects of British aeronautical progress, and in this book Ray Sturtivant charts the history of such developments over a period spanning some seven decades.

The twenty years leading up to the Second World War saw research into every aspect of aeronautical theory, with projects gaining official sponsorship on a numerical scale which would be quite impracticable today. Early projects included investigations into the understanding of control in slow speed flight and the elimination of the dreaded ‘spin’ which had claimed the lives of so many pilots of the RFC and RAF.

These were the years of such aircraft as the Westland-Hill Pterodactyl which investigated the properties of swept wings, the knowledge gained being put to good use many years later in — amongst other developments — the Avro Vulcan bomber. Likewise the pre-war development of rotor-craft in the form of the Cierva and Hafner autogiros paved the way first to the helicopter and then latterly to the tilt-rotor aircraft of today.

Post-war, after enormous strides made as the result of the conflict, there were problems to solve afresh as the result of the adoption of the jet engine and the related increases in speed and height that became attainable. Similarly the jet engine provided the impetus to the many projects avidly seeking the solution to the Vertical Take-off and Landing conundrum unravelled so brilliantly in the Hawker Harrier.

Ray Sturtivant’s deeply researched text is accompanied by photographs or line drawings of almost every one of the numerous aircraft covered. These images — from the oddest to the sublimely beautiful — in themselves provide a fascinating chronology of seventy years at the leading edge of aviation technology which is now taking Britain into the 21st century.”
Notes: Size: 11" x 8½". Pictorial boards. In the Foulis Aviation series. 216 pages. Tags: airplanes military great britain history research aircraft aeronautics industry
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The Rise and Fall of the German Air Force 1933-1945 with a New Introduction by Air Commodore H. A. Probert by H. A. Probert (£24.00)Publisher: Arms & Armour Press — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0853685606]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: 2nd impression. [First Edition: 1987] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “This facsimile reprint of an official, formerly restricted publication relates the operational history of the Luftwaffe during the Second World War, in addition to its origins and build-up during the Nazi period of the 1930s. Based on German documents and statistics, either captured during the war or subsequently recovered from the scattered archives of the Luftwaffe, it provides a clear and concise narrative:”

  • The reconstruction of the German Air Force -secret beginnings, Hitler's influence, the Spanish Civil War, and the prelude to World War.
  • The German Air Force on the eve of European War -strength, equipment, production, manpower, organisation, and combat doctrines.
  • The first flush of tactical success-from Warsaw to France.
  • The first failure-Britain and the Atlantic.
  • Hitler's Continental policy -the invasion of the Balkans, the Crete landings and the German Air Force in Italy.
  • The Mediterranean Campaigns, 1941-1942 -Malta, the Western Desert and the Tunisian campaign.
  • The Russian Campaign -the First Phase, June 1941-December 1942.
  • The Holding Campaign in the West, 1941-43 -air defence against night bombing and air operations over Great Britain.
  • The German Air Force at the end of 1942
  • Diminished resources, production, manpower and supply problems, yet a growing burden of operational commitments.
  • The Russian Campaign in 1943-44 - recovery after Stalingrad, the last of the Blitzkrieg and the Luftwaffe's failure in Russia.
  • The Mediterranean Campaign 1943-1944
  • Sicily and the Allied invasions of Italy.
  • The Defence of the Reich, 1943-44-the Allied day and night bombing offensives and the night-fighter war.
  • The German Air Force on the eve of the second front, January-June 1944 -the Allied attack on the German aircraft industry, jet aircraft and preparations to meet the Anglo-American invasion.
  • The Invasion and the Hying bombs.
  • The crippling of the Luftwaffe- fuel resources and the desperate defence of the German oil industry.
  • The Eastern Front -the Russian advance into Poland.
  • The final defence of Germany.
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXI] 425 pages. Tags: germany luftwaffe history world war 1939-1945 kriegsmarine aerial operations german air forces probert 0853685606
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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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Post-War Jets: Volume 1, 2 & 3 by Anon. (£23.50)Publisher: Hemel Hempstead: Argus Books — 1988Binding: Paperback Condition: Near Fine. Description: 3 volume set. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Plans;Notes: Size: 11¾" x 8¼". In the Aircraft Archive series. 96 / 96 / 96 pages. Tags: airplanes military history 20th century design construction aircraft jet planes 0852429525 technical drawings 0852429444 0852429673
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Solid Scale Model Aircraft by J. H. Elwell (£23.00)Publisher: Leicester: The Harborough Publishing Company — 1941Binding: Paperback Condition: Poor. Spine heavily worn, with tape repairs holding the rather grubby covers together and the staples near pulled out. Text block remains tight and clean. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Plans;Notes: Size: 11" x 8½". 88 pages. Tags: methods finishing fuselage wings tail surfaces assembly fillets struts undercarriages painting rigging boulton-paul defiant hawker hurricane supermarine spitfire heinkel model aircraft building aero-modeller
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Boeing: From Peashooter To Jumbo - An Illustrated History by David Lee (£22.50)Publisher: Greenwich Editions — 2003Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 086288554X]Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ.Description: With authoritative text and a wealth of illustrative material, this book traces the fascinating development of Boeing - the world's best-known aircraft manufacturer and offers a detailed survey of its fascinating history. Vast in information, BOEING covers everything, whether it be the development of the first monoplane fighter, the creation of flying boats, or the amazing phenomenon that is the Boeing 747, and as such is a stunning tribute to Boeing and its aircraft.Notes: Size: 11½" x 10¾". 128 pages. Tags: Lee Boeing aircraft 747 fighter flying boats
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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 Aircraft by Edited by David Mondey (£20.50)Publisher: Hamlyn — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780600303787]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges. Price Clipped. Leans slightly.Description: The first fully international guide to list all the world’s manufacturers of military and civil production aircraft, this encyclopaedia provides the general reader with an authoritative and clear account of almost 1500 companies and the thousands of aircraft they have built to the present day. The aviation expert, too, will find this book an invaluable source of easily accessible basic information; the A-Z directory will certainly become a standard research tool and aid. Contents: The Story Of Flight; Man Becomes Airborne; Pioneers Of Powered Flight; The First War In The Air; The Conquest Of The Globe; The New Airborne Armies; World War In The Air; Keeping The Balance Of Power; Universal Transport; The A-Z Of The World’s AircraftNotes: Size: 11¾" x 9". 320 pages. Tags: planes jets fighters bombers transport
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