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Aviation
AMX Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781950394081
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Imprint: Harpia Publishing
Italy began work on a new fighter-bomber in the late 1970s, aiming to field an aircraft capable of surviving in heavily defended Cold War airspace, flying at very low level, and releasing its weapons deep in enemy territory with a high degree of accuracy. In the early 1980s, Brazil joined the programme, resulting in the AMX.   Subsonic, the new fighter-bomber has also proven well suited to the types of conflicts that have proliferated in the last 25 years and has served the Italian Air Force well during close air support, interdiction and reconnaissance missions.   For Brazil, the AMX brought 21st-century capabilities to its air force, introducing advanced avionics and systems including a head-up display, radar warning receiver, chaff and flare countermeasures, identification friend or foe, and other new concepts. In this way, the AMX provided the Brazilian Air Force with a useful stepping-stone to the Super Tucano and the modernised F-5 Tiger II.   Most importantly, the AMX had a huge impact on the Brazilian defence industry, which developed new technologies and infrastructures that helped drive both military and civilian programmes developed by Embraer from the 1990s onwards, including the E-Jet family and the KC-390 transport.   This book is a must-have for specialists and enthusiasts alike, containing exclusive material, including photos and interviews that have never previously been published, and first-hand accounts of tactics and operations.
Cuban MiGs Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781950394098
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Imprint: Harpia Publishing
The Fuerza Aérea Revolucionaria (FAR), one of the most powerful and little-publicised air forces in the Americas, had Mikoyan-Gurevich (MiG) fighters as its main fighter aircraft, both in the defence of Cuban territory against the threat of US invasion and in support of Cuban leader’s efforts to export their revolutionary ideals.   The book casts an unprecedented look at the introduction and utilisation of all MiG models in Cuban service, since their arrival before the Cuban Missile Crisis, to current times, going through all of the conflicts in which Cuba was involved, from incidents with the Dominican Republic (‘Operación Pico’) and the Bahamas, to its entanglements in wars in Vietnam, Syria, Guinea, Southern Yemen, Angola, Ethiopia and Nicaragua and the recent apprehension of ‘export goods’ to North Korea in the Panama Canal.   The story of military aviation in Cuba before the arrival of the MiGs is also briefly presented, from the beginning of their air corps and its role in the political crises that affected the country, in Castro's Revolution and the ill-fated attempted invasion at the Bay of Pigs, contextualising the times when they happened.   This is the result of extensive research using Cuban publications, documents, interviews with former pilots, historians and contributions by veteran Cuban airmen both in exile and residing in their homeland. The book is richly illustrated with over 170 photographs and colour profiles detailing the history of all twenty models of MiG fighters operated by Cuba from 1962 to the present.
Bomb Group Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781612009605
Pub Date: 15 Sep 2022
Imprint: Casemate Publishers
In February 1942, a reconnaissance party of United States Army Air Forces officers arrived in England. Firmly wedded to the doctrine of daylight precision bombing, they believed they could help turn the tide of the war in Europe. In the months that followed, they formed the Eighth Air Force - an organization that grew at an astonishing rate. To accommodate it, almost seventy airfields were hastily built across the eastern counties of England.   At the heart of the Eighth Air Force were its bombardment groups, each equipped with scores of heavily armed, four-engine bombers. These Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses and Consolidated B-24 Liberators were soon punching through the enemy's defences to bomb targets vital to its war effort. They were crewed by thousands of young American airmen, most of whom were volunteers.   This book tells the story of just one "Bomb Group" - the 381st, which crossed the Atlantic in May 1943. Arriving at RAF Ridgewell on the Essex-Suffolk border, its airmen quickly found themselves thrown into the hazardous and attritional air battle raging in the skies over Europe. Bomb Group follows the 381st's path from its formation in the Texan desert, to its 297th and final bombing mission deep into the heart of Hitler's Third Reich. It is the remarkable story of one group and the part it played in the strategic bombing campaign of "The Mighty Eighth."
Gavin at War Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781636240244
Pub Date: 15 Sep 2022
Imprint: Casemate Publishers
"General Gavin was a very brave man who had great faith in his men. The battle or the weather never stopped him from going to check the troops. He would go in the rain or snow. If the battle was severe, he would crawl from foxhole to foxhole to talk to his men to let them know he was with them. Words cannot explain the love and pride I had for General Gavin." - Walter Woods, World War II aide to General GavinLieutenant General James Gavin, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division during WWII, is one of the best-known figures of the war. Beginning as the commander of the 505th Parachute Combat Team that spearheaded the American assault on Sicily in July 1943, Gavin advanced to division command and finally command of US forces in Berlin. Throughout this time he kept a wartime diary that starts in April 1943, as the unit was preparing to go to northern Africa, and continues through to his final entry on 1 September 1945 during the occupation of Berlin.During the war years, Gavin came into close contact with virtually all the leading airborne commanders and many others who would advance to the top levels of Army leadership. His diary includes observations on fellow military and political leaders, such as General Dwight Eisenhower and the British Field Marshal Montgomery, Army operations, and the general's personal life. Gavin was an officer who led by example: on four combat jumps - into Sicily, at Salerno, then Normandy and the Netherlands - he was the first man out the door. Two Distinguished Service Crosses, two Silver Stars, and the Purple Heart rewarded his service.For decades, Gavin kept the existence of the journal a secret; the general's family discovered it among his belongings after his death. Editor Lewis "Bob" Sorley has worked closely with the Gavin family and the Army Heritage Center to prepare the diary for publication. His edited and annotated version includes a prologue and epilogue to frame the entries within the wider scope of the general's life.
Blackburn Shark Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 16
ISBN: 9788366549845
Pub Date: 08 Sep 2022
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Scale Plans
This book contains 8, A3 size scale plans in 1/48 and 1/72 scale of the British aircraft Blackburn Shark.
Kyushu Q1W Tokai (Lorna) Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 16
ISBN: 9788366549838
Pub Date: 08 Sep 2022
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Scale Plans
This book contains 8, A3 size scale plans in 1/48, 1/72 scale of the Japanese aircraft Kyushu Q1W Tokai (Lorna).
Mitsubishi Babs: The world's first high-speed strategic reconnaissance aircraft Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9788366549739
Pub Date: 08 Sep 2022
Imprint: MMP Books
This book was written to redress this imbalance and tell the true story behind the development and operational deployment of the world’s first high-speed strategic reconnaissance aircraft, which began 6,000 miles further east and four years prior to the momentous events in Europe, under the guidance of the Imperial Japanese Army and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Co Ltd. Faced with similar preconceptions, technical arguments, and a very rigid operational doctrine, the Mitsubishi Babs was developed during a brief golden aeronautical period (between the mid 1930s and early 1940s), when the Japanese aircraft industry flourished under constant military aircraft competitions and production orders. Free from prying eyes and shrouded within a self-imposed veil of secrecy, the Japanese developed numerous designs that were equal to and in some cases ahead of contemporary Western manufacturers.This book is the most comprehensive on the “Babs” yet published in English, with numerous photographs of the aircraft in service, several of which have never been published before, walkaround photographs of the preserved aircraft, illustrations from contemporary manuals, and color artwork.
Saab 35 Draken Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 16
ISBN: 9788366549821
Pub Date: 08 Sep 2022
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Scale Plans
This book contains 8, A3 size scale plans in 1/48, 1/scale of the famous Saab 35 Draken.
Ace in a Day Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9781838068738
Pub Date: 05 Aug 2022
Imprint: Fighting High Publishing
Wayne K. Blickenstaff, known as 'Blick', was a stalwart of the 350th Fighter Squadron of the 353rd Fighter Group based at Goxhill, Metfield and Raydon, England as part of the Eighth Air Force prosecuting the strategic air campaign against Germany. As an original cadre member, he rose steadily through the ranks from a Second Lieutenant Element Leader to Flight Leader, Squadron Operations Officer, Squadron Leader and finally to a Lieutenant Colonel and Group Operations Officer. Flying the P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang, he completed two tours of operations between 1943 and 1945 encompassing 133 missions and claims of 10 enemy aircraft destroyed in the air. His double 'ace' status included a Me262 jet fighter and the destruction of five aircraft in one mission, giving him rare 'ace in a day' status. Ace in a Day is Blick's honest and gritty personal memoir of his air war in Europe. His vivid writing places you in the cockpit as he and his comrades battle the enemy in the skies or attack ground targets across Europe. His account conveys a true sense of just how dangerous flying World War II fighters, in all weather conditions, really was. It was not just the enemy that could kill you. A moment's inattention, overconfidence or simple mistake could be deadly. As a keen observer of character, Blick's pen portraits of those around him, including many of those who sadly did not survive the war, offer a poignant and deeply moving tribute to those with whom he served. Anyone wanting an understanding of the dynamics of a working fighter squadron at war and the dilemmas faced by those in command should read this book. Supported by an impressive array of original documentation, photographs, and detailed appendices, including Blick's never-before published wartime journal, Ace in a Day provides a unique and valuable insight into the harsh realities of the air war in Europe from one of the 'Mighty Eighth's' top fighter pilots.
German Aircraft Instrument Panels Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 40
ISBN: 9788366549685
Pub Date: 29 Jul 2022
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Inside
This book from the series “Inside” shows detailed drawings of the German aircraft instrument panels in great detail.Instrument panels of the following aircraft:Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4, Messerschmitt Me 262 A, Heinkel He 111 P-1, Henschel Hs 126 B, Dornier Do 17 Z, Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4, Fieseler Fi 156, Henschel HS 123, Focke Wulf Fw-190 A-3, Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6, Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-12, and Junkers Ju 87 B-1.
Grumman F4F Wildcat Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 44
ISBN: 9788366549357
Pub Date: 29 Jul 2022
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Spotlight ON
40 color profiles of the Grumman F4F Wildcat versions. Specially commissioned profiles with high level details.
Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15 and Licence Build Versions Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9788366549920
Pub Date: 29 Jul 2022
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Polish Wings
The famous jest fighter Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15 and its variants in the Polish Air Force are described in unparalleled detail. Includes many unpublished photos from the private collections. The color schemes and markings are described and illustrated in a series of specially commissioned color profiles.
NAA P-51B-10-NA Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 24
ISBN: 9788366549807
Pub Date: 29 Jul 2022
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Single
This book compiles the 4-view color profiles, scale plans, and photo details of the single variant of the NAA P-51B-10-NA. Scale plans are in 1/72 scale, plus drawings from wartime technical manuals. It also includes photos of the details in B&W and color.
Pacific Profiles Volume Eight Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9780645246940
Pub Date: 01 Jul 2022
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Volume Eight of the Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate profiles and histories to date of Imperial Japanese Navy floatplanes which served in the South Pacific theatre, throughout New Guinea and the Solomons. The markings of the six floatplane types deployed in the theatre are covered: the A6M2-N Rufe, E8N2 Dave, E13A1 Jake, F1M2 Pete, E9W Slim and E7K Alf.   Floatplane operations commenced in January 1942 with the invasion of Rabaul. Later Rufes were often misidentified as Zeros with their presence in the Solomons seemingly ubiquitous. Petes often fought Allied fighters, with other types focused on reconnaissance and occasional bombing missions, sometimes at night. Most floatplane activity had ceased by late 1943, leaving a handful of stay-behinds operating from Rabaul and Kavieng.   Illustrated, unit by unit, are examples of the varied types of markings, camouflage and tail code systems which appeared on floatplanes assigned to sea tenders, shore, ship and submarine-based units. Each of the 76 profiles cites draws on evidence from colour photos, Combined Fleet orders, POW interrogations, technical reports and post-war wreck surveys. Brief histories of every unit includes their role in the theatre and defines the ever-changing markings systems as ordained by Tokyo. Numerous maps and diagrams help the reader understand command structures such as the R-Area Air Force and the 11th Seaplane Tender Division.   Never before have such accurate profiles been presented, most for the first time. The author is world-renown for his expertise in Japanese aerial warfare in the Pacific.
Pacific Profiles Volume Seven Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9780645246919
Pub Date: 01 Jul 2022
Imprint: Avonmore Books
The Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII profiles of aircraft which served in the South Pacific theatre.   Volume Seven covers the Douglas C-47, including numerous derivatives such as the C-53, R4D and DC-3. This was the most universal aircraft type to appear in the South Pacific and was deployed from day one to the cessation of hostilities. It was utilised by every military organisation including eighteen Fifth and Thirteenth Air Force USAAF squadrons, and also by the USN, USMC, RAAF, RNZAF, RAF and Dutch Air Force.   Most profiles are presented for the first time, alongside a full explanation of the markings. Frequent trading of airframes between units resulted in wide-ranging heraldry, unit markings and nose art. In particular until now there has been a paucity of information about the markings of Thirteenth Air Force C-47s and USMC R4Ds, a gap largely filled by this volume.   This volume illustrates the development of unit markings from the first commandeered DC-3 airliners in Australia through to the RNZAF C-47s used in the last days of the Pacific War in the Solomons. The profiles are accompanied by unit histories and photos. A wide range of reference material has been consulted including photos, colour movies, official records, diaries and information from wreck sites. The author, Michael Claringbould, is world-renown for his expertise on the Pacific air war. Never before have such meticulous colour profiles of the C-47 series been illustrated with such detailed and accurate markings.
Les Helicopteres de Combat Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9782840485858
Pub Date: 28 Jun 2022
Imprint: Heimdal
Cet ouvrage dense propose un tour d'horizon exhaustif des hélicoptères de combat en service dans le monde. Le lecteur découvrira à travers des descriptifs techniques et 200 photos récentes soigneusement sélectionnées, les appareils d'attaque dans les missions d'aérocombat. L'ouvrage aborde également les doctrines d'engagement et l'emploi opérationnel de ces «voilures tournantes» aux performances remarquables, à l'image des opérations en Libye, au Mali ou en Syrie. Ces récents conflits, ont confirmé le rôle de premier plan que peuvent tenir les hélicoptères de combat sur le champ de bataille. Les futurs drones tactiques ne sont pas oubliés dans le concept d'aérocombat. Ces plateformes sans pilotes, qui s'intégreront dans la numérisation de l'espace aéroterrestre, atteindront sans aucun doute un stade opérationnel dans la prochaine décennie.