Airlift: Military Air Transport: The Illustrated History - Richard Townshend BickersLondon: Osprey Aerospace, 1998, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs;
From the cover: “From the first tentative steps to use aircraft to supply ground troops during World War One to the outbreak of World War Two the development of military air transport was a slow process.
As World War Two progressed the need for powerful, specifically-designed aircraft became apparent. Not only were forces supplied from the air — the famous ‘Hump’ route from India to Burma and China — but combat troops were parachuted, with all their equipment, to specific target zones. The most famous of these was the airborne assault on Arnhem and culminating in the massive airborne attack in support of the D-Day landings.
Post-war military air transports were designed not only as troop and freight carriers but for more specific tasks, such as ferrying strategic missiles to various silo sites around the globe. Later the massive Lockheed C-141 Starlifter and the Lockheed C-5A Galaxy would be carrying troops and even main battle tanks almost to the edge of the battlefield.
This comprehensive and highly illustrated book traces the development of military air transport. The text is enhanced with first-hand accounts of both glider and powered transport aircraft missions. Illustrations, in colour and black and white, have been carefully researched from military libraries and private collections from around the world.”