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Canada’s National Aviation Museum: Its History and Collections
The museum was first formed in 1964 at RCAF Station Rockcliffe as the National Aeronautical Collection from the amalgamation of three separate existing collections. These included the National Aviation Museum at Uplands, which concentrated on early aviation and bush flying; the Canadian War Museum collection, which concentrated on military aircraft, and which included many war trophies, some dating back to World War One, and the RCAF Museum which focused on those aircraft operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force. In 1988 the collection was moved to a new experimental type triangular hangar. This book, published on the occasion of the opening the new hangar, depicts the Museum's beautiful history from its early beginnings in the halls of the National Research Council in the thirties to its present world-class status.
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Cavalry of the Air: An Illustrated Introduction to the Aircraft and Aces of the First World War
A lot of the airmen of the First Word War who tested both the adversary and also death did not survive. These are their tales. In the clinging mud and also trench warfare of WWI, it was quickly clear that the cavalry cream of the crop of the elite would certainly be of little USAge. The rushing males and also policemans of the mounties searched for a method to be front and facility in the problem, and also found it in the new air forces being established on both sides of the Western Front. Quickly lances as well as sabres were replaced by silk headscarfs as well as machine guns. Fight on horseback was replaced by dogfights airborne individually and in wonderful flying developments constantly between warriors. No modern technology changed much more in the 5 years of the war, and also none would certainly have a bigger impact. From Great Britain to Canada to Australia and also New Zealand, new heroes took the honour and dash of the mounties to the air in flying devices which would change the face of battle permanently.
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Men and women have looked to the skies and dreamt of flight since prehistory, but it was not until 1903 that powered, sustained flight become a reality. Today, aviation technology encompasses a myriad of disciplines, from aerodynamics to weapons systems. And then there are the numberless human factors: the creative urge, political and military dominance, national pride, and the economic gambles of the enormous corporations that manufacture combat and civil aircraft. Above all else, though, is that dream of flight - a dream that has only become more urgent over the millennia. Classic Airplanes is a picture-packed, insider's tribute to nearly 60 of the greatest of the great, from the '03 Wright Flyer to the B-2 Spirit of the 21st century.
Classic Aircraft: A Century of Powered Flight
The development of powered flight is a twentieth-century story. The latest in the best-selling 'Classic' series, Classic Aircraft reviews a cross-section of the pace-setters that have pointed the way forward in the history of aviation: the ‘classic aircraft' which represented for good or ill the cutting edge of applied technology. From 1915 to the present day, bombers created a new and terrible 'total war' -- in the 1940s the German Blitzkrieg employed screaming Stuka dive-bombers as they invaded the rest of Europe, and the RAF's Avro Lancasters carried out night bombing of Germany in the winter of 1944-45. In 1945 bombing reached its apogee with the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima by a Boeing B-29. The counter to the bomber, the fighter developed with the Fokker E-1, the S.E.5a, the Hurricane, the Spitfire, and the US Navy's Hellcat -- all rising out of the early discovery that a small, agile aeroplane can become an efficient killing machine. Civil aviation had its classics too. Originally the exclusive preserve of the rich, who could fly with slow dignity in Handley Page airliners on a twelve-day progress from Croydon to Australia via Imperial Airways, civil flight progressed to the dawn of the package tours in Vickers Viscounts and to the luxury of Concorde in the 1980s. All the machines in this book, whether helicopters or the efficient light aircraft of today or the humble workhorses of the air, have serious claim to be considered as 'classic aircraft' and all, in one form or another, represent the incredible advance in technology unique to the now-departed twentieth century.
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Classic Warbirds in Color
This colorful and informative volume examines in detail the history, design, production, and service of some of the greatest warbirds of all time. Bringing them to life in vivid color, incredible photos capture these high-flying and hardworking machines at the height of action from every combatant in WWI and WWII. Enthusiasts, model builders, and historians will enjoy the detailed air-to-air and close-ups providing insight into the full details of the service life of Mustangs, Spitfires, Messerschmitts, Zeros, Spads, Fokkers, and more. Each entry is accompanied by brief informative histories and vital technical data.
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Combat Aircraft 5: Blenheim Squadrons of World War 2
Built in large numbers in the years leading up to World War II (1939-1945), Bristol's Blenheim saw use as both a fighter and bomber thanks to its high speed in relation to the biplane types it was then replacing. Aside from its work as the staple medium RAF bomber from 1939 through to 1942, Belnheims also served as pioneer radar-equipped nightfighters in 1940/41 and long-range patrol aircraft with Coastal Command. Obsolete in Europe by the end of 1940, the Belnheim continued to serve as a frontline bomber in North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Far East well into 1943.
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Combat Colours: Military Aircraft Markings
The "esprit de corps" that flourishes in the individual air force and naval squadrons across the world, is often colourfully reflected in the schemes worn by their aircraft. This book illustrates not only the extraordinary range that has been and continues to be displayed on these planes, but also shows that some, often short-lived aircraft schemes are especially designed to reflect anniversaries, special duties and display roles. Many combat aircraft are included such as Phantoms, Mirages, Starfighters, Tornados, Fighting Falcons, Tomcats, Hornets and Corsairs. The concept of Combat Colours arose some years ago as an exercise to gather, in one volume, all of the special schemes that were being devised to commemorate anniversaries, especially those not given too much publicity. As the idea grew, so unfortunately did the amount of schemes that were appearing which, to some degree, gave the project an open ended finish and as such, delayed its final production. As the volume of material began to grow so did the catchment area in as far as what was considered to be a special scheme. In the end, after much discussion, it was decided that in the interests of fairness on those units restricted as to the lengths they could be allowed to go in altering their standard schemes, that anything and everything non-standard would be considered. This, therefore, gave us licence to include the special one-off schemes for the anniversaries as originally conceived; special display colour schemes which were to be regularly seen on the airshow circuit; strange markings and colour schemes adopted as either one-off trials or applied for specific exercises, and finally some of the more elaborate art work that was appearing in ever increasing abundance. Having set the criteria, the then near impossible task of deciding what to leave out arose and the finished product is in no way indicative of a lack of effort or imagination of those units not included. Equally the type of shots included are hopefully designed to give the reader a good overall look at these schemes without making the subject static. Having said this however, many striking shots were omitted so as to avoid losing a more overall balance.
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Corsair Aces: The Bent-Wing Bird Over the Pacific (2nd Edition)
In the history of aerial warfare, few aircraft have been so instrumental in battlefield history as the Chance Vought F4U Corsair.
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Cowboys of the Sky
"Cowboys of the Sky" is a legendary saga of the military jackets and the heroes who immortalized them: Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle, Herbert Fisher, Claire Chennault and his Flying Tigers, Charles "Chuck" Yaeger, General Patton, etc. A fabulous aerial western comes to life thorugh the history of American aviation, from the glorious era of "the pioneers of the sky" to those of "the Jet Age". For this important retracing of "the American leather dream", Gilles Lhote chose ascollaborator and technical advisor the most important specialist on U.S. flight jackets: Jeff Clyman, President of Avirex, USA> The company of this aviation fanatic ans war bird pilot has sold over 2.500.000 jackets, manufactures for the American Department of Defense and made the flight jackets used in such moves as "The Right Stuff" and "Top Gun". This book contains almost 800 photographs and original docuents, both period and contemporary, in color and black and white, an unparalleled photographic record of the most prestigious and unique bomber jackets on this planet, and their part in 20th century aviation history and folklore; a guide for the amateur, the collector and the just plain curious.
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Dam Busters Manual: A Guide to the Weapons Technology Used Against the Dams and Special Targets of Nazi-Occupied Europe
The famous dams raid in May 1943 was made possible only by the fusion of cutting-edge technology with the raw courage of a hand-picked squadron of RAF airmen. The incredible bouncing bomb, used to devastating effect by 617 Squadron on the Ruhr dams, was the vanguard of a whole train of technical developments that made this and other precision raids possible. Using the Haynes Manual approach, Iain Murray describes the technology behind the bouncing bomb as well as the heavily modified Lancasters that were used to deliver the weapons.
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Dancing in the Sky: The Royal Flying Corps in Canada
Dancing in the Sky is the first complete telling of the First World War fighter pilot training initiative established by the British in response to the terrible losses occurring in the skies over Europe in 1916. This program, up and running in under six months despite enormous obstacles, launched Canada into the age of flight ahead of the United States. The results enabled the Allies to regain control of the skies and eventually win the war, but at a terrible price. Flying was in its infancy and pilot training primitive. This is the story of the talented and courageous men and women who made the training program a success, complete with the romance, tragedy, humour, and pathos that accompany an account of such heroic proportions. A valuable addition to Canadas military history, this book will appeal to all who enjoy an exceptional adventure story embedded in Canadas past.
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De Havilland Mosquito: 1940 onwards (all marks) – An insight into developing, flying, servicing and restoring Britain’s legendary ‘Wooden Wonder’ fighter-bomber (Owners’ Workshop Manual)
The subject of this book is Mosquito FB26, KA114, a variant of the famous FBVI fighter-bomber that was used widely in anti-shipping strikes and in daring low-level bombing operations. Of all the variants of Mosquito built, the FBVI was the most numerous. KA114 is undergoing a major rebuild to airworthy condition on behalf of its US owner Jerry Yagen, by Avspecs in New Zealand.
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De Havilland Moths In Detail: DH60, DH80, DH82, DH83, DH85, DH87, DH94
The Moth was designed to be affordable, simple and safe and it inspired a world-wide revolution in civil and military training and private ownership. The DH60 Moth of 1925 led to a family of light airplanes which continued to evolve until the Second World War when most private flying came to an abrupt end. The DH82A Tiger Moth, icon of military pilot training throughout the conflict, became the standard aircraft for post-war flying clubs in many countries and effectively invented the new industry of agricultural aviation. They were used for racing and record breaking, and small airline activities this new book studies the evolution of each of the Moth family of light airplanes and their engines which took place between 1925 and 1939.
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Douglas DC-3 Survivors (Volumes 1 and 2)
Today more than 1200 of these aircraft are still flying, not only a testimony to the strength and ruggedness of the original design but also to its versatility and the very simple fact that more than 50 years after its first flight there are still operational roles that no other aircraft can fulfill as efficiently as a DC-3. In the first volume, Arthur Pearcy catalogues the all known surviving DC-3 and C-47 transports built at Santa Monica and Long Beach, whether they are flying, in museums, or stand derelict. This important book is superbly illustrated by photographs from sources worldwide. Volume 2, superbly illustrated with 233 photographs, describes more than 370 aircraft whether flying in airline or military service, on display in museums or standing derelict on airfields round the world.