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Luftwaffe in Colour Volume 2
by Jean Louis Roba ~ Paperback / softback
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Eighty years after its creation, the Luftwaffe is still one of the most fascinating forces in the history of aviation. A companion to Luftwaffe in Colour Volume 1, which covered the victory years from 1939 up to Spring 1942, this volume with nearly 400 images contains even more fascinating material ...

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F-80 Shooting Star Units of the Korean War
by Warren Thompson ~ Paperback / softback

Built within a 180-day time limit in 1943, the F-80 Shooting Star first saw service in Italy in the final year of World War 2, and consequently was sent to bases in the US, Europe and the Far East after VJ Day. It was the latter groups based in Japan that initially bore the brunt of the early fighti...

Pre-order - out 27 Jun 2019
by Jonathan Glancey ~ Paperback / softback

The British designed and built the Harrier, the most successful vertical take-off-and-landing aircraft ever made. Combining state-of-the-art fighter plane technology with a helicopter's ability to land vertically the Harrier has played an indispensable role for the RAF and Royal Navy in a number of ...

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F14 Tomcat
by David F. Brown ~ Hardback

It has been said that "bombers make history; fighters make movies." In the case of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, both are true. It made history as a fleet defender, reconnaissance platform, and strike fighter. The Tomcat was also featured in such Hollywood classics as Top Gun, The Final Countdown, and Ex...

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Nakajima B5N `Kate' and B6N `Jill' Units
by Tony Holmes ~ Paperback / softback

Entering service during the Sino-Japanese War, the Nakajima B5N (code-named `Kate') excelled and went on to achieve surprising and dramatic successes in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It also contributed to the sinking of the US aircraft carriers USS Lexington at the Battle of the Coral Sea, ...

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Haynes De Havilland Mosquito Owners Workshop Manual
by Jonathan Falconer ~ Hardback

Haynes De Havilland Mosquito Owners Workshop Manual (1940 onwards – all marks): An Insight into Developing, Flying, Servicing and Restoring Britain's Legendary ‘Wooden Wonder’ Fighter-bomber. Nicknamed the ‘wooden wonder’ due to its largely wooden construction, the de Havilland Mosquito was one of ...

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Tempest Squadrons of the RAF
by Chris Thomas ~ Paperback / softback

Hawker's charismatic Tempest V entered RAF service just in time to be the most successful counter to the V1 flying bomb assault on southern England in the summer of 1944. With more than 800 of the robot missiles to its credit, Tempest V units then crossed the Channel to lock horns with the best the ...

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The de Havilland Mosquito
by David Ogilvy ~ Paperback / softback

The de Havilland DH 98 Mosquito was one of the fastest and most versatile aircraft of the Second World War. One of the first multi-role aircraft, it was used for reconnaissance and also as a fighter, fighter-bomber, night fighter and interceptor. This book, written by David Ogilvy, one of the last ...

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Lockheed F-117 Night Hawks
by Don Logan ~ Hardback

This pictorial book is a history of the F-117 Night Hawk Stealth Fighter containing over 400 color photographs. It is a "Roll Call" of the F-117 with individual history and photos of each F-117. In addition the book includes a short program history; operating locations and air force bases, productio...

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An Illustrated History of Military Helicopters
by Francis Crosby ~ Paperback / softback

From unstable and frightening machines, helicopters have evolved into incredibly sophisticated aircraft that can fly forward, backward, sideways and, of course, hover. This fully illustrated volume explores the history and evolution of these fascinating aircraft, from the earliest pioneers to the po...

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Hurricane: Victor of the Battle of Britain
by Leo McKinstry ~ Paperback / softback

In the summer of 1940 the fate of Europe hung in the balance. Victory in the forthcoming air battle would mean national survival; defeat would establish German tyranny. The Luftwaffe greatly outnumbered the RAF, but during the Battle of Britain it was the RAF that emerged triumphant, thanks to two k...

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Haynes Fairey Swordfish Owners Workshop Manual
by Jim Humberstone ~ Hardback
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Haynes Fairey Swordfish Owners' Workshop Manual – 1934 to 1945 (All Marks). Affectionately known as the ‘Stringbag’ by its crews, the Fairey Swordfish biplane torpedo bomber was obsolete by 1939, but it still achieved some spectacular successes during the Second World War, including the famous crip...

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Messerschmitt Bf109 Manual
by Paul Blackah ~ Paperback / softback

The Luftwaffes Messerschmitt Bf109 single-seat fighter was the main combat adversary of the RAFs Hurricanes and Spitfires in the Battle of Britain. This sister volume to the acclaimed Spitfire Manual covers the history of the Bf109, restoration to flight, the views of owners, pilots and engineers, a...

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SR-71 Blackbird
by Paul F. Crickmore ~ Hardback

Lockheed's SR-71 Blackbird is one of the most iconic and famous jets ever built. Assembled in secret at Lockheed's Skunkworks, the Blackbird's vital statistics remain phenomenal decades later. It holds the airspeed record for a manned jet aircraft, operated at an altitude other aircraft could barely...

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by Chris Goss ~ Paperback / softback

The most iconic German aircraft of the Second World War, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 was the Luftwaffe's principal fighter from 1939 until 1942 when the superior Focke-Wulf Fw 190 came into greater prominence. The Bf 109 served in every theatre of the war, though in this book the author examines the Ti...

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Haynes Messerschmitt Bf109 Owners Workshop Manual
by Paul Blackah ~ Hardback

Haynes Messerschmitt Bf109 Owners' Workshop Manual, 1935 Onwards (all marks). ‘Everything you need to know about all variants of the BF 109’ Aeroplane, ‘A novel approach, which succeeds well’ Aircraft, ‘Highly recommended’ Today's Pilot, ‘A cracking read’ Military Machines International. The Luftw...

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Dornier Do 17/Do 215
by Marek J. Murawski ~ Paperback / softback

The monograph on the WW2 German bombers Dornier Do 17 and Dornier Do 215 discusses their design, development and operational history. Each variant is specified and comprehensively described with coverage of changes made in its sub-variants, including the special modifications for the foreign recipie...

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Memorabilia Collection: Spitfire
by Igloo ~ Hardback

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by Steve Bond ~ Hardback

To date there has been a paucity of books on this remarkable aircraft. Among its claims to fame are the following: the only RAF bomber to serve in its original role from first day of war to last, and in every theatre; the first type to bomb Germany; the first type to bomb Berlin; the first type to d...

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Soviet and Russian Testbed Aircraft
by Gordon Yefim ~ Hardback

In both Soviet and modern Russia a multitude of assorted aircraft have been used for test and research purposes - primarily for verifying new avionics, systems, and weaponry. The use of systems being tested was not limited to aviation as aircraft were also utilized for other purposes including testi...

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Bf 109E/F vs Yak-1/7
by Dmitriy Khazanov ~ Paperback / softback
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Step into the cockpits of the Luftwaffe's Bf 109 and the Red Air Force's Yaks 1-7, two fighters which were involved in some of the largest, fiercest aerial battles in history. The Iconic Messerschmitt fighter and its combat hardened pilots inflicted a fearful beating on the Yaks in the beginning of ...

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Focke Wulf Jet Fighters
by Justo Miranda ~ Hardback

The biggest success of the Focke Wulf company during the Second World War was the choice of a radial engine for the Fw 190 fighter, in this way avoiding to compete against Messerschmitt for the in line engines. The decision of the Oberkommando der Luftwaffe to assign the few turbojets available to t...

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 E
by Robert Peczkowski ~ Hardback

An illustrated history of the evolution of the 'Emil' version of Germany's most famous World War Two fighter aircraft: * How the Bf 109 E changed during production from 1936 to 1941; * How to recognise the different versions from the E-0 to the E-9; * Documenting the engine variants which led to des...

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Handley Page Halifax Manual
by Jonathan Falconer ~ Hardback

The Halifax became the second of the new generation of four-engine heavy bombers to enter service with RAF Bomber Command in the Second World War. It flew its first offensive operation in March 1941 and by 1944 it had become the exclusive equipment for Bomber Command's 4 Group and 6 (Canadian) Group...

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Pegasus - The Heart of the Harrier
by Andrew Dow ~ Paperback / softback

The conception of the Pegasus engine in 1957 upset all the conventions of aircraft design. It was previously usual for aircraft designers to seek a suitable engine, but this was an engine that sought an aircraft. The aircraft that resulted was the famous Harrier that is still in front-line service w...

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Luftwaffe Mistel Composite Bomber Units
by Robert Forsyth ~ Paperback / softback

The striking appearance of Luftwaffe's Mistel Composite attack aircraft might seem ridiculous to modern eyes, but employed correctly, these original `fire and forget' weapons were devastatingly effective, as Allied sources testify. This book draws on a wealth of first-hand reports and revealing cont...

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North American P-51 Mustang
by Jarrod Cotter ~ Paperback / softback

NEW IN PAPERBACK. The North American P-51 Mustang holds an important place in US aviation history as its finest fighter aircraft of all time. During the Second World War it was the only Allied fighter capable of flying to Berlin and back from Britain without refuelling. Read about the Mustang's illu...

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Messerschmitt Me 264 Amerika Bomber
by Robert Forsyth ~ Paperback / softback

As Europe plunged into World War II, Hitler ordered the development of a hi-tech secret weapon capable of taking the war across the Atlantic - the Messerschmitt Me 264. Chosen from designs for an 'Amerika Bomber' tendered by Messerschmitt, Junkers and Focke-Wulf, this ultra-long-range aircraft would...

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Classic Fighters Colouring Book
by Dariusz Grzywacz ~ Paperback / softback

An adult colouring book featuring 15 accurate, authentic renderings of classic fighter aircraft from the Mushroom Models archive. The illustrated pages also feature captions with detailed technical data and scale plans. * Hawker Hurricane; * Messerschmit Me 163 Komet; * Focke-Wulf Fw 190; * Grumman ...

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Haynes Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Owners Workshop Manual
by Steve Davies ~ Hardback

Haynes Lockheed SR71 Blackbird Owners Workshop Manual: An Insight into the Design, Operation and Maintenance of the Secret US Cold War Reconnaissance Aircraft. ‘A superb book and one that all aviation enthusiasts will find of lasting interest’ Engineering In Miniature Throughout its 34-year Cold W...

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Haynes Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Owners Workshop Manual
by Graeme Douglas ~ Hardback
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Haynes Boeing B17 Flying Fortress Owners' Workshop Manual – 1935 Onwards (all marks), An Insight into Owning, Restoring, Servicing and Flying America's Legendary World War II Bomber. This manual offers a unique perspective on what it takes to restore and operate a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber ...

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For the Love of the Air Force
by Norman Ferguson ~ Hardback

What is sewn into a pilot's uniform when they receive their wings? In what year did the first female jet pilot join the RAF? Why were former Lightning pilots called WIWOLS? For the answers to all these questions and more, take off into this fascinating miscellany and become a true RAF aficionado. ...

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Hurricane R4118
by Peter Vacher ~ Paperback / softback

In 1982, when he was travelling in India, Peter Vacher stumbled on the remains of a British plane - a Hurricane Mark 1, a veteran of the Battle of Britain. It was in a dreadful state. Could he restore it? Would it fly again? Not until 14 years later did he decide to act and after six years of wrangl...

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Victor Units of the Cold War
by Andrew J. Brookes ~ Paperback / softback

Of the three jet bombers that formed the RAF's V-Force in the early years of the Cold War, the Victor was perhaps the most technologically advanced. First flown on 24 December 1952, the Victor entered service in B 1 configuration in November 1957. Further improvements were introduced with the B 2, w...

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The Dauntless in Battle
by Peter C. Smith ~ Hardback

The Douglas Dauntless was a Second World War American naval scout plane and dive bomber that saw active service during the course of this conflict and beyond, before being retired in 1959. US Navy and Marine Corps SBD's (Small But Deadly) saw their first action at Pearl Harbour and went on to enjoy...

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A6M Zero-sen Aces 1940-42
by Nicholas Millman ~ Paperback / softback

The Mitsubishi A6M Zero-sen was Japan's Spitfire. In continuous development and operational service from the time of the Sino-Japanese war in 1940 to the end of the Pacific War in 1945, it is held in almost mythical awe, similar to Britain's legendary fighter aircraft. At the time of its operati...

Pre-order - out 18 Apr 2019
Dassault Mirage III & Mirage 5
by J.P. Viera ~ Hardback

This book is the latest in a new reference series for aircraft modellers called "Spotlight On" and presents detailed colour illustrations of the iconic Mirage III and 5, a French Cold War-era jet fighter aircraft. It was the first Western European combat aircraft to exceed Mach 2 in horizontal fligh...

Pre-order - out 19 May 2019
F-8 Crusader vs MiG-17
by Peter Mersky ~ Paperback / softback

Revered by Naval Aviators as the `last of the gunfighters' due to its quartet of Colt-Browning Mk 12 20 mm cannon, the F-8 Crusader enjoyed great success against VPAF MiG-17s during the Rolling Thunder campaign of 1966-68. But, the MiG-17's unequalled low-speed manoeuvrability, small size and powerf...

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F4F Wildcat vs A6M Zero-sen
by Edward M. Young ~ Paperback / softback
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The Grumman F4F Wildcat and the Mitsubishi A6M Zero-sen were contemporaries, although designed to very different requirements. The Wildcat, ruggedly built to survive the rigors of carrier operations, was the best carrier fighter the US Navy had available when the USA entered World War II, and it rem...

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Russian Air Power
by Gordon Yefim ~ Hardback

A follow up to the hugely popular first publication of Russian Air Power in 2009, Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Komissarov bring readers the fully updated and revised new edition. The original volume was the first comprehensive survey published on all the Russian Air Forces and was the result of Yefim Go...

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