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Take Charge and Move Out: The Founding Fathers of TACAMO Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9781636241548
Pub Date: 15 Apr 2022
Imprint: Casemate Publishers
TACAMO, an unusual moniker meaning 'Take Charge and Move Out', is the Navy's well-known and respected leg of the nation's national strategic communications, a key element of the US nuclear deterrence posture. But TACAMO has not always been so recognized. For the junior officers in the early days of the 1960s and 1970s, TACAMO was a career-killing backwater, likely to put an end to their careers before they even got started. But in the 1970s, inspired by their commanding officer Bill Coyne, a handful of junior officers made the leap of faith to take a second tour in TACAMO, betting their careers that they could bring this community into existence. This is the story of eleven of those 'True Believers', told in their own words, how each came to make that leap of faith to bring the TACAMO community into existence against all odds, moulding it into what it is today. Out of this pioneering cadre came eleven future commanding officers and three commodores of a Wing yet twenty years in the future. And the 'True Believers' went on beyond TACAMO to make major contributions to all aspects of national strategic communications, some at the level of the White House.This is their story.
Finnish Aces Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9788366549593
Pub Date: 13 Apr 2022
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: White Series
The small number of Finnish fighter pilots who defended Finland in three separate wars between 1939 and 1945 amassed scores only bettered by the Luftwaffe's pilots. Initially equipped with a mixed collection of fighters acquired from sources across the world, the Finnish Air Force was thrust into combat in the defensive Winter War against an invasion by the Soviet Union in 1939, followed by the Continuation War, together with Germany and the other Axis powers against the Soviets, in 1941–1944. The third conflict, the Lapland War against Germany, occurred in 1944–1945.Aircraft of the famous Finnish aces are described in detail with many photos and color profiles. This book includes the aircraft of Ilmari Juutilainen, Hans Wind, and Eino Luukkanen, among others. It is an essential reading for aviation enthusiasts and scale aeromodelers.
F-4B Phantom II Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 24
ISBN: 9788366549791
Pub Date: 11 Mar 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 McDonnel F-4B Phantom II. 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.
Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 24
ISBN: 9788366549715
Pub Date: 11 Mar 2022
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Scale Plans
Includes scale plans in 1/35, 1/48, 1/72 $ 1/144 scale of the famous Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 aircraft and 8 A3 size scale plans of Bf 109 G-6.
PZL TS-11 Iskra bis DF Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 24
ISBN: 9788366549555
Pub Date: 11 Mar 2022
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Single
This book compiles 4-view color profiles, scale plans, and photo details of the single variant of the PZL TS-11 Iskra bis DF. Scale plans in 1/72 and 1/48 scales plus drawings from wartime technical manuals. Also includes photos of the details in B&W and color and 4-view color profiles of the PZL TS-11 Iskra bis DF in Polish Service.
Pacific Profiles Volume Six Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9780645246902
Pub Date: 15 Feb 2022
Imprint: Avonmore Books
The Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII profiles of aircraft which served in the South Pacific theatre.   Volume Six covers a dozen USAAF Fifth and Thirteenth Air Force squadrons which operated the Bell P-39 and P-400 Airacobra from April 1942 until March 1944. They were used in a variety of roles including as fighters, dive-bombers and strafers. The wide-ranging colourful heraldry and nose art of Fifth Air Force Airacobras is partly explained by the frequent trading of particular airframes between units. Until now there has been a paucity of information about the markings of Thirteenth Air Force Airacobras, and this volume fills much of this wide gap. The first and last Airacobras lost in the theatre are illustrated, along with rare markings of a night fighter and a P-39 used by Fifth Fighter Command.   This volume includes the early P-400s through to the P-39D/F/Ks and then the late model P-39N/Qs. The development of markings for each squadron is explained, together with brief squadron histories accompanied with supporting photos. A wide range of reference material was consulted including many rare photos, colour movies, official records, diaries and photos 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 been illustrated with a full explanation of their markings.
South Pacific Air War Volume 5 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 180
ISBN: 9780648926290
Pub Date: 15 Feb 2022
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Volume Five of this series chronicles aerial warfare primarily in the New Guinea theatre in the critical period between September and December 1942. It can be read alone or as a continuation of the previous four volumes which span the first nine months of the Pacific War.   By early September the strategic picture in the theatre had changed markedly within just six weeks. From their new Buna beachhead the Japanese Army commenced a Papuan mountain campaign which threatened the Allied bastion of Port Moresby.  Meanwhile the battle for Guadalcanal was raging, with the outcome of the wider Pacific War in the balance.   Against this background a strengthened US Fifth Air Force took the fight to the IJA with direct air support. While this was being conducted by P-39s, P-40Es, A-20As and B-25s, raids by B-17s against Rabaul aided US forces in the neighbouring Solomons. RAAF Beaufighters, Beauforts, Bostons and Hudsons also contributed substantially to these efforts.   At Rabaul a wide variety of fresh IJN fighter and bomber units poured in the theatre, although these became focused mainly on the Solomons. Such were the massive losses experienced, by November the IJN undertook a complete operational and administrative reorganisation of its air power. Then, despite a strong reluctance to become involved, the IJA sent an advance reconnaissance detachment to Rabaul, the forerunner of major reinforcements that would arrive in December.   Never before has this campaign been chronicled in such detail, with Allied and Japanese accounts matched together for a truly factual account of the conflict.
Combat Meteors Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9788366549500
Pub Date: 03 Feb 2022
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: White Series
As the title suggests, this book is devoted to the nations that used the Meteor in anger. After WWII Europe’s air forces were keen to rebuild their air arms with jet aircraft. With little to choose from the Meteor was the prime candidate and hundreds were sold over the following years. Further afield in the Middle East, Meteors were sold to Egypt, Israel and Syria. In far off South America, Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador purchased the aircraft. On the other side of the World, South Africa and Australia operated them as well.Several of these nations used their Meteors operationally in open conflicts. From the RAF’s struggle against the V-1 menace to the various hot spots around the dwindling Empire from Aden to Malaya. The Suez Crisis of 1956 would see Meteors from the RAF, Egypt, Israel and Syria all operating in the same conflict. During the Korean War (1950-53) the Royal Australian Air Force carried out thousands of ground attack missions and even engaged the MiG-15 in air to air combat. During a number of internal revolutions in Argentina in 1956, both sides operated the Meteor. Even France operated a handful of Meteor night fighters during their troubles in Algeria in 1957. Although it did not achieve a large amount of victories, the Meteor played an important part in the emerging air forces of a forever changing post-WWII World. Essential reading for aviation enthusiasts & scale aeromodellers.
Hawker Hurricane IIb Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 24
ISBN: 9788366549531
Pub Date: 03 Feb 2022
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Single
This book compiles 4-view color profiles, scale plans, and photo details of the single variant of the Hawker Hurricane IIb. Scale plans in 1/72 and 1/48 scales plus drawings from wartime technical manuals. Also includes photos of the details in B&W and color and 4-view color profiles of the Hawker Hurricane IIb of the VVS USSR.
Hawker Hurricane IIc Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 24
ISBN: 9788366549524
Pub Date: 03 Feb 2022
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Single
This book compiles 4-view color profiles, scale plans, and photo details of the single variant of the Hawker Hurricane IIc. Scale plans in 1/72 and 1/48 scales plus drawings from wartime technical manuals. Also includes photos of the details in B&W and color and 4-view color profiles of the Hawker Hurricane IIc flown by Sgt Antoni Beda.
Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets Vol. II Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 92
ISBN: 9788366673694
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2022
Imprint: Kagero
Series: Monographs
The FACA programme (Future Fighter and Attack Aircraft) was once the largest investment in armaments made in Spain. When choosing the F-18 of McDonnell Douglas (today Boeing), the Air Force has had since 1986 - for the first time in its history - one of the most advanced fighter planes ever designed, with very wide possibilities for adapting new systems throughout its operational life, as evidenced by the Retrofit made in the early 1990s and the current MLU.   The FACA program (which ultimately remained in 72 aircraft), followed by the CX programme (for 24 aircraft), was the most important challenge faced by the Spanish Air Force since its creation. The professionalism demonstrated by the commission in charge of flight and technical evaluations won the admiration of the countries involved in the programme.   The F-18 Hornet has proven to be the ideal aircraft for air forces in countries with large territorial areas and wide coastlines, or extreme weather conditions.
Guide To German Night Fighters In World War II Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 140
ISBN: 9788366673687
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2022
Imprint: Kagero
Series: Connoisseur's Books
Many books on the Luftwaffe in World War II have been published over the years, although the Night Fighter´s branch has been studied less often. In our Guide to German Night Fighters in World War II you will be able to know all the types and subtypes of aircraft used by the Luftwaffe in the night defense of Germany. In addition, in a didactic way we will know the history of the German Night Fighters, the Units, aces, tactics, types of radars, the camouflages, the armament, etc. We will not forget the use of night fighters made in Germany in other countries such as Italy, Romania or Hungary, or even Japanese night fighters. Finally, we will make a ranking of the German night fighters to know which of them was the best.   In this guide you will find everything you need to learn about German Night Fighters in an easy but comprehensive way.
Junkers Ju 88 A-4 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 44
ISBN: 9788366673731
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2022
Imprint: Kagero
Series: Club 1/48
The book presents a description of work on a model Ju 88 A-4. The author shows step by step each element of the modelling workshop.
Republic P-43 Lancer Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 20
ISBN: 9788366673700
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2022
Imprint: Kagero
Series: Top Drawings
Aleksander Siewierski, originally from Georgia, was in the United States in 1917 and was there when the revolution in Russia broke out. As Alexander Seversky, he founded the Seversky Aero Corporation. Alexander Kartvelli (also a Georgian) became his main designer. Unfortunately, financial problems led to firing Seversky, and his company changed its name to Republic Aviation Corporation. The projects started and developed by Seversky, which resulted in the P-35 fighter, were continued, though.   As a result of its further development, a design for the XP-41 high-altitude fighter equipped with a turbocharger was prepared. Only a prototype was built, while many of its solutions went to a more advanced aircraft, designated AP-4, and finally P-43.
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3 Vol. I Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 72
ISBN: 9788366673717
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2022
Imprint: Kagero
Series: Monographs
The MiG-3 fighter plane, like the history of the creation of the Mikoyan and Gurevich (Микоян и Гуревич) design bureau, is relatively well known to anyone interested in the history of Soviet aviation. Many books and articles have been published about this machine, but information about the circumstances of the birth of the project and the conditions of its creation are very brief and concise. MiG-1 and MiG-3 were the most numerous new generation fighters in Soviet aviation at the time of the German invasion of the USSR. They played a very important role in the first period of the war. Until now, it has been assumed in the literature that this applies mainly to the use of these aircraft during the battle of Moscow, as well as capital's and Leningrad's air defence, but MiGs also took on a large weight of air combat at the front in 1941.
Pacific Profiles - Volume Five Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9780648926245
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Volume Five of this Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate colour profiles to date of Japanese Navy land based Zero fighters in the "South Seas" theatre: New Guinea, Rabaul and the Solomons.   Illustrated by unit are abundant examples of the varied markings, tail codes, leadership hallmarks and camouflage schemes which appeared on the thirteen Air Groups (Kokutai) operating in the theatre from February 1942 to February 1944. Each of the 113 profiles is supported by primary source material including colour photos, Japanese records, POW interrogations, technical reports, post-war wreck examinations and Allied intelligence summaries. These are accompanied by brief histories of each unit and notes on the changing nature of each unit’s markings. How the late 1942 Japanese Navy restructure impacted these units is also clarified, along with the rationale and meaning of the ensuing multifaceted markings systems.   Never before have such accurate profiles been presented. Past errors are corrected, and many new markings including hokoku (patriotic) Kanji are presented for the first time. The author is world-renown for his expertise in respect to the Japanese aerial war in the Pacific.