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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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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
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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
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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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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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Fighter Squadrons of the Royal Air Force by John D. R. [Dunstan Richard] Rawlings (£42.00)Publisher: London: MacDonalds And Jane's — 1976Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 035401028X]Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper heavily faded at the spine with several short nicks and chips. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: 2nd (revised) edition. [First Published: 1969] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Tables;Notes: Foreword or introduction by C. T. Dowding. Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Red boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [VII] 572 pages. Tags: britain royal air force history fighter planes squadrons forces warfare country
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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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German Aces of the Russian Front by John Weal (£33.00)Publisher: Osprey Publishing — 2002Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1841766208]Condition: Near Fine. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Drawings; Diagrams;

From the cover: “Luftwaffe pilots of the Russian Front were the highest scoring aces of any aerial conflict in history. This book traces the careers of the pilots who flew the Fw 190 and the Bf 109 in the skies over Russia, and reveals how they achieved their remarkable successes. The Bf 109 was the most commonly used fighter on the Front, and saw action from Operation Barbarossa through to the Defence of the Reich in 1945. The Fw 190, meanwhile, proved itself to be arguably Germany’s best piston-engined fighter, with many of its aces scoring over 100 kills.”
Notes: Size: 9¾" x 7¼". 192 pages. Tags: germany luftwaffe history world war pictorial works aerial operations german campaigns russia federation fighter planes 20th century pilots biography
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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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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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Against All Odds: The Battle of Britain 50th Anniversary Appeal by Graham Chrisrian Gamett (£24.00)Publisher: The Rococo Group — 1990Binding: Paperback Condition: Very Good. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs;Notes: Foreword or introduction by Air Chief Marshal Sir Thomas (Jock) Kennedy, HRH The Duke of Kent & The Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher. Size: 11¾" x 8¼". 369 pages. Tags: the battle britain story post office war bomber and coastal commands radar evolution fighter engineering victory women allied forces peace europe graham christian gamett air chief marshal sir thomas jock kennedy hrh duke kent hon margaret thatcher chrisrian
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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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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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Air War Korea 1950-1953 by Robert Jackson (£19.00)Publisher: Airlife — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1853108804]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with an untidy nick to the head of the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Leans. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “When eight divisions of North Korean troops slammed through the 38th Parallel on June 25, 1950, it heralded a battle for air superiority of unprecedented dimensions and unleashed a new age of aviation fighting technology. The first generation of fighting jets from the Soviet Union battled with America’s finest. Sabres and Migs fought their war high in the Asian sky while the older piston-powered warbirds with roots in WW2 battled it out around the contours of the hills below. Above all, the Air War over Korea is a story of men and courage — of World War II veterans, many of them already aces, volunteering for combat duty in the cockpit of a jet and proving their worth day after day in the stratosphere against the cream of Russia’s fighter planes. It is the story of the men who flew the United Nations’ ‘workhorses’ — the Thunderjets, Shooting Stars, Panthers, Corsairs and Skyraiders that turned North Korea into an economic desert, the B-29 crews who sacrificed themselves in MiG Alley during the first year of the war, and of the Meteor pilots of No 77 Squadron RAAF, whose first encounters with the MiG-15 proved disastrous. Robert Jackson captures the story of cold ruthless skill that turned thirty-year-old fighter aces from the piston era into jet aces of the new age.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 8¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: korean war 1950-1953 aerial operations the battle for pusan over yalu martyrdom b-29s october 1951 air transport forces aces orders robert jackson 1853108804 first editions firsts printings 1st
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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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Finest Hour by Phil Craig; Tim Clayton; (£19.00)Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0340750413]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.Description: Signed by both authors on the title page - unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium but the book carries promotional sticker to the upper panel. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps [1];

From the cover: “Sixty years ago, Europe lay at Hitler’s feet. Britain faced its darkest hour — outnumbered and friendless as the German army continued its advance. Defeat or capitulation seemed inevitable. But instead a legend was bom.

Taking its readers on a breath-taking journey from open lifeboats in Atlantic gales to the cockpits of burning fighter-planes, and through cities devastated by the Blitz, Finest Hour recreates the terror, the tragedy and the triumph of the Battle of Britain.

This powerful account of the events of 1940, is told through the voices, diaries, letters and memoirs of the men and women who lived, loved, fought and died during this terrible yet inspiring year. These searing personal testimonies, taken from over a hundred original interviews, are combined with a fresh and often controversial account of the elaborate political intrigues and betrayals of the period — the Royal Navy assault on the French fleet and America’s secret plans to cope with Britain’s defeat.

Finest Hour blends original historical research with the experiences of ordinary people in desperate times. Cutting through the nostalgic haze, this book enables readers to experience something of a time — still within common living memory — when a nation’s darkest hour became its finest.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 418 pages. Tags: armourers hurricane no. squadron seclin airfield lain nethercott two-pounder pom-pom hms keith emie leggett 4th royal tank regiment bob burroughs mark light tanks marrin mclane hitler the blitz royal navy america’s secret plans david low 234 squadron spitfire for doe’ ground crew german reconnaissance plane 501 squadron hawkinge
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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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A Dictionary of the Battle of Britain: in Association with the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust by Geoff Simpson (£16.50)Publisher: Halsgrove — 2010Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 9781841149820]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: A Later Printing. Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;Notes: Size: 12" x 8½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: simpson 9781841149820 britain battle great dictionaries world war aerial operations british fighter pilots history
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Decisive Battles of the 20th Century: Land - Sea - Air by Noble Frankland; Christopher Dowling; (£16.50)Publisher: David McKay Company — 1976Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0283981644]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled along edges. Top edges of text block dusty.Description: Map book fixed to rear pastedown. Illustrated with B&W photographs and maps. From the cover: “War in the twentieth century has moulded the course of history and determined the lot of mankind to a greater extent than in any previously recorded age. Accordingly, the interest in and the importance of identifying and comprehending the decisive battles of this, the age of violence, have increased. Each battle is brilliantly described by a leading military historian, who provides not only a gripping narrative account but an analysis of the battle’s decisiveness in its short-term and long-term effects. The book includes a remarkable selection of photographs; 77 maps printed in two colours, and 3 two-colour diagrams all specially commissioned for the book.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 348 pages. Tags: decisive battles war the twentieth century tsushima tannenberg the marne verdun jutland offensive 1918 battle the atlantic battle france battle britain moscow pearl harbor singapore midway alamein stalingrad kursk schweinfurt imphal-kohima normandy 1944 leyte gulf the chongchon river dien bien phu tet offensive warfare armies nations
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Fighters of the United States Air Force: From World War I Pursuits to the F-117 by Robert F. Dorr & David Donald (£16.00)Publisher: London: Temple Press/Aerospace — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 060055094X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Cutaways; Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings;Notes: Size: 11½" x 9". Blue boards with White titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Tags: united states air force fighter planes history aircraft army corps plane spads nieuports lightnings warhawks korea vietnam spad hawk mustang lightning aviation
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Spitfire by Alan Price (£16.00)Publisher: Promotional Reprint — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1856480151]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ has a slightly rippled effect to the both panels - possibly caused by damp. Light scuffs to the upper board. Text bright and tight.Description: This edition combines two earlier books by the author, "Spitfire at War" and "Spitfire at War 2". The author offers an objective analysis of the Spitfire legend resulting in a unique account that casts new light on the Spitfire itself and the very nature of air combat during World War 2. Illustrated with B&W photographs. 304pp. Size: 4to Medium (11½" x 9" approx.) Introduction / preface by R R Standford-Tuck, DSO DFC.Tags: spitfire over dunkirk pilot spitfires battle britain squadrons fighter tactics spitfeuer dieppe dogfight flying bombs raf young pilots german sorties rotated squadron defiants biggin hill radar-equipped coastal airfields radar chain home stations 109s hurricanes john nicolson 249 command stukas bomber unopposed night raid gruppe goering geschwader operation sealion aircraft production
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Encyclopaedia of the World's Air Forces by Michael J. H. Taylor (£14.50)Publisher: Patrick Stephens — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1852601353]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper, small nick at the head of the spine.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the flap: “A knowledge of the number of aircraft flying, their capability and type, is vital if any judgement is to be made on the state of the world today. This volume aims to provide that information, showing how the world's air forces match up to each other, and, in order to make the inventory absolutely complete, it includes material from naval air forces and army air forces.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by John W. R. Taylor. Size: 11" x 11¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 211 pages. Tags: aircraft world’s airforces naval air forces army carrier warplane electronic warfare helicopters air-to-air missile anti-ballistic defence variant airborne early warning control system force base air-launched cruise air-to-surface anti-surface vessel anti-ship counter insurgency drone pilotless forward-looking infra-red foreign military sales squadrons usaf wings raf battlefield attack helicopter airlift magnetic anomaly detector mine countermeasures maritime reconnaissance station navy navigation aid flight crew weapon night observation surveillance north atlantic treaty organization pylon royal british salt strategic arms limitation talks search and rescue ski-jump v/stol harrier sea short take-off landing tactical fighter group
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Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units in World War II by Ikuhito Hata & Yasuho Izawa (£14.50)Publisher: Shrewsbury: Airlife Publishing Ltd. — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1853101389]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Tables; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “The Pacific War was an air war, yet, until now, Western readers have had little chance to learn about Japan’s naval fighter pilots and their World War II air groups. This English translation of a classic Japanese work finally lifts the cloak of anonymity that has hidden their identities from the West for so long. Within these pages the reader gains an intimate and unprecedented view of the men, their aircraft, and their victories and defeats.

Divided into three parts, the book opens with rare photos and brief descriptions of the principal Japanese naval aircraft. The second part offers concise histories of the air groups, including every carrier-and land-based fighter unit in the Imperial Navy — from the China Incident in the early 1930s to the end of the Pacific War in September 1945. Dates of organization and disbanding, key movements and action results, brief summaries of important battles, and anecdotes about leaders and aces are all provided. The third part captures Japan’s leading naval aces in photos and individual biographical sketches.

This translation — the only one available in English — is based on the revised and enlarged 1975 edition of Nihon Kaigun Sentoki-tai, the definitive work on the subject in Japan. To produce this unique record Ikuhiko Hata, an internationally known military historian, and his highly regarded researcher Yasuho Izawa spent years tracking down information and conducting interviews with surviving aces and the families of those killed in the war. Their Japanese perspective adds a significant new dimension to the annals of World War II.

Nearly 350 photographs of aces and aircraft — many new to this edition — supplement the text. Some 100 line-drawings of aircraft show unit markings and paint colours. To aid the Western reader this edition adds a section on Japanese naval terminology. Appendix tables chronicle naval fighter aces by record, pilots killed in action, pilots by training class, and major air battles. Indexes by name and unit and end maps of the entire Pacific theatre provide excellent references.”
Notes: Size: 10¼" x 7". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVI] 442 pages. Tags: japan kaigun history world war fighter pilots naval unit navies actions sea pacific ocean second aviation sailors carrier airmen air aircraft 1939-1945 regimental histories aerial operations japanese
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Six Months To Oblivion: The Eclipse Of The Luftwaffe Fighter Force by Gerbig Werner (£14.50)Publisher: Purnell — 1975Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “This book covers the last chapter, the decline and the end of air defence in Germany. It is a diary of losses and a chronicle in which the grass-roots fighter pilot plays the lead. It tells of the young men who joined their squadrons full of optimism and derring-do, only to give their lives to no purpose in a last desperate endeavour. Its focal point is the controversial Operation Baseplate on the morning of New Year’s Day 1945, an operation in which the German fighter force received its final mortal wound. Losing some 230 aircrew in less than 4 hours, the fighter units suffered their most severe defeat. Only now, after years of evaluation of all available sources, can the true figures of fighter losses on January 1st, 1945 be reported. Imagination boggles at the tragic events that took place in the skies over Germany and the West as the War neared its end; even in the perspective of history the full extent of the debacle can scarcely be depicted. The facts that mainly characterise the end of air defence over Germany and in the, West are these: neglect of the fighter force in favour of an ‘offensive air capability’; the inability of the high commands of the Luftwaffe and the Wehrmacht to appreciate the significance of what was actually going on in Germany’s skies; the lack of replacement pilots, and of fuel; the Allied superiority in numbers and equipment as the War drew to its close; and finally, in East and West alike, the penny-packeting of the forces still available.”Notes: Size: 9¼" x 6¼". 140 pages. Tags: jagdgeschwader morgengraven thunderbolt operations jagdwaffe deutschen untergang baseplate luftwaffe fighters ardennes mustang galland germany chronik battles aerial hitler gerbig goring german volkel werner eighth me110 fw109 eine vom der
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Squadron Shilling by Arch Whitehouse (£14.50)Publisher: Doubleday & Co. — 1968Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ - in Good DJ. DJ faded at the spine, chipped at head, tail and corners and overall a little dull. Bruised at tail of spine. Top edges of text block dusty, foredges tanned. Text bright and tight.Description: Squadron Shilling recreates the unforgettable sights and sounds of World War I as a background for an exciting novel of aerial combat and espionage. Here is the noisy frenzy of street corner patriotism - the lonely boredom of the training camps, the eerie shadow of a zeppelin gliding over London to drop a deadly rain of bombs as sirens wail their helpless warning. Here, too, are the jaunty, daring young airmen bouncing down a runway in their Sopwith Camels to take off, scarves flapping behind them; the screams of a straining Rolls-Royce engine as a flaming Bristol fighter plunges earthward…Notes: Size: 8vo Demy (22 x 14cm Approx.). 335 pages. Tags: Sopwith Camels bristol fighters raf royal airforce zeppelin airships london air raids air shelter wwI fiction
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The Complete Guide to Fighters & Bombers of the World by Francis Crosby (£14.50)Publisher: Hermes House — 2006Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1846810000]Condition: Very Good. Single reading crease to the spine. Over-glued at the front hinge. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Features 1200 Wartime and Modern Identification Photographs.

Illustrated A-Z catalogues of over 300 fighters and bombers, from the pioneering days of air fighting in World War I through to the powerful, high-speed jet aircraft of the present day.

Describes all the truly classic aircraft, such as the Spitfire, Messerschmitt Bf 109, Heinkel He111, F-14 Tomcat, MiGs, B-52 Stratofortress and B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.

Features guides to the history of fighters and bombers, their technology and role in major conflicts around the world, including the first fighter aces, early bombing raids, Blitzkrieg, the Battle of Britain, the Dambusters, the Cold War, the Falklands and the Gulf Wars.

Includes a glossary explaining key aviation terms and abbreviations”
Notes: Size: 8½" x 6¾". 512 pages. Tags: 9781846810008 arts photography collections catalogues exhibitions history military nonfiction foreign language spanish professional technical engineering aerospace francis crosby 1846810000
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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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Military Aircraft Markings & Profiles by Barry C. Wheeler (£14.00)Publisher: Guild — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly ruffled at the edges. Dust wrapper and boards slightly tanned at the edges. Text bright and tight.Description: Over 850 Full Colour Illustrations And Photographs. Camouflage Markings. History Of Markings From World War I To The Present Day.Notes: Size: 12" x 9". 191 pages. Tags: maintenance/support forward-looking countermeasures anti-ballistic reconnaissance air-to-surface 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 ski-jump
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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 Hope by Herman Wouk (£13.50)Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0340613416]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned.Description: From the cover: “The Hope is the new State of Israel and Herman Wouk has brought all his powerful skills as novelist and historian to celebrate that hope through its first two decades of beleaguered existence. The Hope lives off the pages of post-war history from Moshe Dayan’s flamboyant dash through Ramle in the War of Independence, and the political minefields of Suez, to the triumph of the Six-Day War. The story shifts between Israel and Paris, Washington, New York and Los Angeles, from knife-edge debates in the Security Council to the cockpit of a Mirage jet fighter over Sharm el Sheikh and the euphoria of reclaiming the Old City of Jerusalem.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 693 pages. Tags: state israel moshe dayan real-life military and political leaders zev barak israeli military attaché washington six-day war arms procurer shuttle diplomacy military intelligence fighter pilot sinai battlefield armoured brigade 813.54 [f] girl soldier cia wars gallantry human spirit triumphing against crushing odds
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The Luftwaffe by Editors of Time-Life Books (£13.50)Publisher: Time Life — 2003Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1844470318]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper snagged at the head of the spine with a short, closed and tape-backed, tear. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Diagrams; Maps; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “In March 1935, only two years after he came to power in Germany. Adolf Hitler openly defied the Treaty of Versailles imposed on his country at the end of World War I and announced a massive program of rearmament. The plan called for a Reichsluftwaffe, a national air force whose squadrons, as Nazi propagandists said, would put, a “steel roof over Germany” and “darken out the sun”.

At the time, the nation’s frontline air strength amounted to a mere three squadrons of fighters and five of bombers — all forbidden under the Treaty. Hut Hitler missed no opportunity to endow his nascent air arm with an aura of pride and power. In carefully arranged ceremonies, he gave Luftwaffe units names redolent of past glories; the first such event took place on March 14, 1935, when he dubbed a fighter squadron Jogdgesch wader Richthofen after Germany’s top World War I ace. And during the gaudy displays of military might staged at Nuremberg each year after that, he saw to it that squadrons of planes blazoned with black crosses thundered overhead.

The chief purpose of these spectacles was simply to awe other countries, but the Luftwaffe was in fact becoming a mighty force. Its commander, Hermann Goring, with vital aid from his efficient production chief Erhard Milch, performed prodigies to make the Reich’s air fleets truly potent. The output of Germany’s aircraft industry shot upward from a few hundred planes a year to thousands. Simultaneously, new combat machines replaced obsolete models, until virtually all of the Luftwaffe’s fighters and bombers were swift monoplanes of all-metal construction. By 1939, when Hitler set into motion his schemes for European conquest, the Luftwaffe boasted more than 4,000 frontline combat aircraft, making it the most formidable air force in the world.”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 9¼". Pictorial boards. In the Epic of Flight series. 176 pages. Tags: germany luftwaffe history air forces warfare aircraft military world war 1939-1945 aerial operations german airplanes force unit histories pre 1945 second editors time-life books 1844470318 epic flight
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Antony Fisher: Champion of Liberty by Gerald Frost (£13.00)Publisher: Profile — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1861975058]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. A nice copy.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Antony Fisher’s name is not familiar to the world at large, and yet his achievements were both extraordinary and far-reaching. A successful entrepreneur from his twenties, and a Battle of Britain fighter pilot who was decorated for innovation in gunnery training techniques in World War II, he later introduced chicken factory-farming to the UK and made a fortune in the process.

More than Fisher’s commercial success, though, it is his powerful effect on post-war politics that has won him a place in history. His deep-rooted concern with the liberty of the individual, crystallised by a meeting with the free-market thinker Friedrich Hayek (author of The Road to Serfdom), redirected his life. As a result of this meeting, Fisher funded the establishment of the Institute of Economic Affairs, an independent economic think tank that has had enormous influence on public policy and the views of leading politicians, notably Margaret Thatcher. In the words of the Conservative MP Oliver Letwin, writing in The Times in May 1994: ‘Without Fisher, no IEA; without the IEA and its clones, no Thatcher and quite possibly no Reagan; without Reagan, no Star Wars; without Star Wars, no economic collapse of the Soviet Union. Quite a chain of consequences for a chicken farmer’.

By the time Fisher died in 1988 (having lost his fortune in a new turtle-farming venture, and only four weeks after being awarded a knighthood in the Honours List), the IEA and its spin-offs around the world had played a crucial role in changing the direction of post-war politics for ever.

This is both a study of the springs of power and political thought, and a sensitive portrayal of a private family man. The author, who knew Fisher and many of those who worked with him, has produced a fascinating and revealing portrait of a man whose influence extended far beyond his reputation.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Bob Eames. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 268 pages. Tags: and anthony antony autobiography biography britain businesspeople centre chicken concern factory-farming fisher for free-market general government great individual industry introduced liberty policy politics sir studies the thinker with
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Hermann Göring: Hitler Paladin or Puppet? by Wolfgang Paul (£13.00)Publisher: Brockhampton — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1860199224]Condition: Good+ - in Good+ DJ. Edges of DJ somewhat ruffled, laminate lifting along 1" at the head of the upper panel. Leans slightly.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. This comprehensive and deeply researched biography charts his colourful career, which grew out of a luxurious upbringing and successful education to early achievements in the 1914-18 conflict, first as an infantry officer and winner of the Iron Cross for bravery, then as a fighter pilot, successor to von Richthofen, and the award of the Pour le Mérit. Noting that the inter-war years brought marriage into a wealthy Swedish family and early meeting with Hitler at Munich, the evidence is provided of the good impression Goring made on his future Führer. Was Hitler impressed by the military deeds and awards that he himself lacked? Did he misread Goring’s abilities? Was he correct in believing the man capable of high command only to find him wanting in the crisis days of World War Two.Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". 286 pages. Tags: Iron Cross Hitler Pour Mérit Führer Richthofen high command World War Two Nazi leaders Reichstag Mautemdorf Luftwaffe Carinhall Weimar Prussian
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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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Combat Kill: The Drama of Aerial Warfare in World War 2 and the Controversy Surrounding Victories by Hugh Morgan & Jürgen Seibel (£12.50)Publisher: Patrick Stephens — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1852605367]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Jacket illustration: Stills taken from RAF gun camera footage illustrating the final moments leading to the destruction of a Bf 109. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Drawings; Tables;

From the cover: “Just how did fighter pilots make their claims for the destruction of enemy aircraft and by what process were these claims submitted and verified? How were young pilots trained to fly fighters and what training in combat tactics did they receive? Was any account taken of the immense psychological stress faced by fighter pilots, and by what guidelines were awards and decorations made? These, and many other intriguing aspects of aerial combat, are exhaustively explored here, with answers drawn from primary sources, both from the Allied and the Axis powers’ points of view.

Combat Kill is a revealing ‘from the cockpit’ account of aerial warfare from the fighter pilot’s perspective. British, American, German, Italian, Soviet and Finnish aces from all theatres of action in the Second World War detail their experiences, with particular reference to how their claims to have shot down enemy aircraft were established. The psychological impact of deadly combat, and the awards process for those that proved successful against their adversaries are also examined.

More than a hundred contemporary photographs from official archives as well as private collections are included. A superb set of colour three-view drawings by John Weal, one of the world’s leading profile artists, illustrates a selection of aircraft flown by the aces.”
Notes: Illustrated by John Weal. Size: 10" x 7¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 200 pages. Tags: world war aerial operations fighter plane combat history pilots air fighting warfare force unit histories military training and education medicine place the britain germany second forces psychiatry shell shock british royal biographical
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Fighter Pilot: A History and a Celebration by Philip Kaplan (£12.50)Publisher: Aurum Press — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1854106147]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “In an age in which warfare has been dominated by mass armies the fighter pilot is a unique figure, a warrior who fights a duel, one-to-one, against a single opponent. His success or failure-his life or death-depend very largely upon his own courage and skills and upon the quality of the machine that he flies, a machine which has, at every stage of its development, represented the glamorous peak of contemporary technology. It is hardly surprising, then, that the young and dashing fighter ace has become the twentieth-century equivalent of the dragon-slaying knight or the hero of Homeric legend.

In this book Philip Kaplan has created a splendid record and celebration of fighter pilots of many nations, from the First World War aces in their fragile contrivances of fabric and wood to the men and, increasingly, women, who fly the sleek, titanium-clad fighters of today. He examines the reality behind the myths-the chivalrous pilots who refused to shoot at an enemy who had bailed out, the flyers who, out of ammunition, saluted their foe before turning for home — and considers the way in which the media glamorised the image of the fighter pilot. He explains why only a tiny minority of pilots — those in whom the desire for combat overrode everything — accounted for so large a proportion of the victories. He surveys the skills that a successful pilot must have — a natural aptitude for flying, marksmanship, keen eye-sight-and the way in which fighter tactics have developed. He also relates the history of some of the great fighter planes whose names-Spad, Spitfire, Mustang, Me 109, Zero, Sabre, Phantom — have gone down in aviation history.

Fighter Pilot is illustrated throughout with photographs, paintings and memorabilia which evoke the atmosphere in which fighter pilots of the past lived and fought. These pictures, many of them previously unpublished, are in themselves a unique archive. To them Philip Kaplan has added a mass of written material — memoirs, diaries, letters and, in the case of surviving veterans and contemporary pilots, many extensive interviews — which make Fighter Pilot a treasure trove of material for those interested in the history of war and aviation.

But, ultimately, it is the way in which Philip Kaplan has succeeded in capturing the soul of the fighter pilot which makes this book a worthy tribute to the men who lived and died amid that lonely tumult in the skies.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 10". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: fighter pilots anecdotes history air fighting warfare autobiography collective place the world present day aerial operations airmen biographical
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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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The Battle of Britain by Derek Wood (£12.50)Publisher: Bracken Books — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9781851704446]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges. faint offset impression of writing and lines to the lower panel.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. From the cover: “This book is a superbly illustrated visual history of this extraordinary period. Packed with rare photographs, documents, diaries and battle maps, and with evocative text and captions it covers every aspect of the battle from both the British and the German sides and provides as vivid a picture of the embattled island as the fighting in the air itself.”Notes: Size: 11½" x 9¼". 192 pages. Tags: hitler luftwaffe air force hurricanes spitfires raf fighter command royal observer corps waafs royal air force
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The World's Fastest Aircraft by Martin W. Bowman (£12.50)Publisher: Patrick Stephens — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Near Fine - in Near Fine DJ. Price Clipped.Description: This is a personal collection of different aircrafts and includes information about each aircraft type, including full specifications and performance data. There are also profiles and photographs included. Illustrated with B&W & Colour photographs. 136pp. Index. Size: Royal Octavo +Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Tags: airplanes fighter aircraft
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Air Defence of Great Britain by John Bushby (£11.50)Publisher: Shepperton: Ian Allan Ltd — 1973Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0711004765]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, more heavily at the top corners and the head of the spine, with fading to the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Exploded drawings; Appendices [2];

From the cover: “With the problem of defending the United Kingdom against attack by manned bombers again exercising the planners in Whitehall, this book is a timely reminder of the relevant experience of the past. Air defence equipments change but principles do not whether the threat comes from the Zeppelin, the Gotha, the Heinkel, the flying-bomb or the latest Soviet swing-wing bomber.

Much new and hitherto security cloaked material is published for the first time including an inside account of how the British national defence system has developed since the last war. There is a graphic account of how our modern supersonic fighters intercept intruders.

John R. Bushby, author of Gunner’s Moon, has brought to Air Defence of Great Britain an intimate professional knowledge of the subject gained from many years as a regular officer of the Royal Air Force. Specialising in air defence and fighter control duties he conducted the first interception of a Soviet Bison probe into British air space in 1965. The result is a unique history of a fascinating aspect of air operations vital to national survival.

The book is enhanced with 16 pages of halftone illustrations.”
Notes: Size: 9¼" x 6". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 207 pages. Tags: britain royal air force aeronautics military defenses history forces warfare country defence 9780711004764
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Air Forces of the World by Barry C. Wheeler (£11.50)Publisher: Ian Allan — 1979Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0711009791]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ faded at the spine. Pages very gently age-tanned at the margins.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. From the cover: “Itemises each country’s air power, showing not only the combat and transport/support equipment but also the strengths, operational bases and organisation. With a fund of new and informed information and a selection of rare photographs, many of which have never been seen before.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 6". 112 pages. Tags: air force air base search rescue anti-submarine warfare air observation post electronic countermeasures air-to-surface missile electronic intelligence forward air control tactical fighter wing
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Aircraft 2000: Future of Aerospace Technology by Bill Sweetman (£11.50)Publisher: Hamlyn — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0600347265]Condition: Good+ - in Good+ DJ. Gently faded at the spine of the DJ. Snagged at the head of the spine with a ½" tear. Price Clipped. Leans. Text bright and tight.Description: Advanced composite materials, new techniques of manufacture and bonding, quieter, more efficient engines, new concepts in aerodynamics and above all huge advances in electronics and miniaturisation of components all have great implications for military and civil aircraft. This book is a survey of what is happening now and the likely applications in two decades when we shall see some dramatic new shapes in the sky.Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". 158 pages. Tags: Aircraft designers aerospace northrop YB-49 flying boat Concorde SST NASA Mach aeroplane tactical Fighter beech Starship canard surfaces engines
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Aircraft Illustrated Annual 1984 by Edited by Martin Horseman (£11.50)Publisher: Ian Allan — 1983Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Very Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding.Description: Illustrated with black and white & colour photographs.Notes: Size: 9½" x 7". Pictorial boards. 128 pages. Tags: jupiter-powered sandringham flying-boat mcdonnell airacobra prototype accidents auxiliary bembridge blackburn westland islander northern widebody squadron mustangs airlines europe’s lockheed fuselage nine-ack national tristars two-seat aircraft imperial mustang fighter tristar duxford harrier trainer germany airways cannons service douglas convair command bn2a-27 british active flying ap-39n hawker engine arrows airbus museum vt-29b stormo bomber napier 1930s space p-51d p-39d xp-39 avian short usaaf force group world trans aldis dh9aj sight tube hart avro bell lion dc-9 king bae air red war raf sea 146
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Antiques of the Air by Michael F. Jerram (£11.50)Publisher: N.E.L. — 1980Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0450048136]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges, rubbed at the tips.Description: From the cover: “This book recalls the glorious flying machines of the past, from the turn of the century to the end of World War II. Lavishly illustrated throughout, this is an informative and masterful addition to the catalogues, pamphlets and maintenance manuals provided by museums, exhibitions and live flying displays the world over.”Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: havilland tiger moth fairey swordfish fairey flycatcher hawker sea fury avro lancaster supermarine spitfire iia supermarine spitfire xix westland lysander mauboussin morane-sauinier nieuport stearman bucker abraham iris caudron luciole curtiss pusher dewoitine f4u-id corsair fighter p-51d heinkel iii fieseler storch royal air force hawker hart captain edgar percival gee bee havilland tiger moth cessna t-50s staggerwing eddie rickenbacker spad naval air service western front royal flying corps 1916 sopwith triplane sinister rnas black flight fokker dreidecker 1915 fokker barnstormers bristol fighter bristol boxkite
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Desert of the Damned by Brian Mcallister (£11.50)Publisher: Golden Eagle/George Hart — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0901482315]Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ.Description: From the cover: “Desert of the Damned has the skilled McAllister touch — a masterly blend of fiction and realism. The setting is the Persian Gulf, Iraq, Iran and the unrelenting, tortuous wasteland of the Great Arabian Desert. These are areas well known to this author-adventurer. Caught up in a series of bizarre events, Mellish (the book’s hero) is forced to gamble everything to stay alive. This action packed, thriller-adventure is compulsive reading from the first to the last page no one could tell it better.”Notes: Jacket designed by Brian Blackwell. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 218 pages. Tags: persian gulf iraq iran tortuous wasteland the great arabian desert dangerous turmoil the middle east air charter company rescues half dead shipwrecked stranger ancient and deadly assassin cult beautiful kurdish girl dedicated pesh mergha guerrilla fighter m16 grenade-launcher seduction gamble everything stay alive action-packed thriller-adventure
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Fighter: From wood and canvas to supersonic flight by John and CHANT, Chris Batchelor (£11.50)Publisher: David and Charles Publishers — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0715391712]Condition: Very Good - in Good DJ. Edges of DJ somewhat ruffled, 3" closed tear to head of upper panel.Description: In a mere 75 years, the fighter warplane has evolved into a decisive weapon of warfare and further stages in its development have yet to come. Illustrated in colour.Tags: Warplane, History, Development
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Lancaster - A Bombing Legend by Rick Radell; Mike Vines; (£11.50)Publisher: Chancellor Press — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 9781851529698]Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ.Description: First in this edition. One of the greatest British aircraft of full-time, the Arvo Lancaster was the mainstay of the RAF Bomber Command in World War Two. This book features the only two airworthy Lancasters in existence: B MkI operated by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and B MkXclaimed by the Canadian Warplane Heritage.Notes: Size: 9¼" x 8½". 128 pages. Tags: radar-controlled non-commissioned identification establishment distinguished cross-country three-pointer unserviceable anti-aircraft consolidated disciplinary vice-marshal experimental aircraftman conjunction maintenance information publication operational australian ammunition decoration commanding propellers conversion inspection signalling incendiary repairable institutes unexpected elementary navigation inter-comm lieutenant operations estimated transport havilland americans commander policeman emergency aerodrome technical direction write-off liberator listening auxiliary eliminate
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Supermarine Spitfire by Charles Bowyer (£11.50)Publisher: Bison — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 9780861241408]Condition: Good+ - in Poor DJ. DJ nicked at the head of the spine with a 2" closed tear to the top corner of the upper panel, lightly spotted at the edges of the reverse. Slight spotting ot the extremities of the boards.Description: The Spitfire was developed during the late 1930s and first saw action in the fight to defend France in 1940. After 1940 the Spitfires were used in every theatre of command, from Burma to the Baltic, in the Western Desert and over Europe. Numerous variations on this aircraft were used not only by the British, but by the Free French, the Australians, Canadians and other Commonwealth Allies. They also served as Seafires on aircraft carriers. The story of the Spitfire and all the technical changes and developments of this great aircraft are told by one of Britain’s leading aviation historians. Richly illustrated with colour and monochrome photographs as well as line drawings and a full colour cutaway by Mike Badrocke, this book will be a valuable addition to the library of every aviation enthusiast.Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". 64 pages. Tags: Bowyer spitfire seafire world war fighters bader the few battle britain me109 spitfire over dunkirk pilot spitfires battle britain squadrons fighter tactics spitfeuer dieppe dogfight flying bombs raf young pilots german sorties rotated squadron defiants biggin hill radar-equipped coastal airfields radar chain home stations 109s hurricanes john nicolson 249 command stukas bomber unopposed night raid gruppe goering geschwader operation sealion aircraft production
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Aircraft For the Many: A Detailed Survey of the RAF's Aircraft in 1944 by Michael J.F. Bowyer (£10.50)Publisher: Patrick Stephens — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1852604271]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Jacket illustration: RAF ground crew rapidly refuelling and rearming a spitfire in Normandy. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “That confident prediction came from General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander Allied Forces, on the eve of the D-Day landings in Normandy. He had every right to sound confident. If Operation Neptune was to succeed, air superiority was crucial, and a massive operation was under way. In the 24 hours of 6 June 1944 some 14,600 sorties were flown by Allied aircraft, involving around 40,000 aircrew, and the RAF were at the forefront of the action.

Operation Neptune was by far the most extensively and skilfully planned military operation in history, and involved unprecedented inter-service and international co-operation. But while many books have been written about the events of D-Day as a whole, Aircraft for the Many is the first to focus specifically on the RAF’s awesome contribution to the day’s events, the success of which launched the run-in to victory in Europe.

The result of years of meticulous research by the author, the book provides a squadron by squadron, aircraft by aircraft breakdown of the RAF’s operational involvement during the liberation of northern Europe. Every aspect is covered, from the mighty aerial armadas of bombers attacking coastal gun batteries to the lone Air-Sea Rescue Walrus amphibian plucking ditched airmen from the English Channel. Aircraft types are presented in their respective categories, their development and activities recorded in immense detail.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 320 pages. Tags: great britain royal air force fighter planes history bombers military aircraft the handley page halifax havilland mosquito bomber armstrong whitworth albemarle gliders horsa and hamilcar fighters hawker hurricane north ame american mustang iii reconnaissance mustangs vickers supermarine spitfire coastal command photographic spitfires operational types
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