Desert Warpaint
An illustrated study of the special markings and highly stylized nose art which featured prominently on aircraft in the Gulf War. The book combines both close-up detail shots and air-to-air action footage.
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Dive Bombers in Action

Peter C. Smith Hardcover 160 pages Out of Print. New old stock.

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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.
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Duels in the Sky: World War II Naval Aircraft in Combat
In this book the Royal Navy's famed test pilot Captain Eric Brown pits various Allied and Axis aircraft against one another in theoretical combat and determines which deserve to be called the greatest.
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EAA Oshkosh: The World’s Biggest Aviation Event
EAA Oshkosh is an annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts held each summer at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States. The airshow is the largest of its kind in the world and lasts a week. During the gathering, the airport's control tower is the busiest in the world. This pictorial highlights the show's origins and the aircraft (antiques and modern warbirds) that have made the show so famous.
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Eagle’s Wings: The Autobiography of a Luftwaffe Pilot
Eagle's Wings is the autobiography of Hajo Herrmann, one of the best known Luftwaffe pilots of World War II. With well over three hundred perational missions and with a tally of nine RAF bombers destroyed during mass attacks on Germany the author was one of the most successful Luftwaffe pilots of World War II. The author writes about his career from the early days when he was an officer cadet in the German army, through his experiences as a founder member of the Condor Legion in Spain, to the part he played in the war. Herrmann was an acknowledged expert in anti-shipping operations, a divisional commander and creator of the 'Wild Boar' Wilde Sau method of night fighting. He was a close confidant of Hermann Goring, who promoted him to high office in the fighter defence of the Third Reich. Ten years as a prisoner of war in Russia, questions from historians and institutions, and his passion for flying encouraged him to write this account. Hajo Herrmann is a gifted writer and a dedicated historian making Eagle's Wings more than the biography of an outstanding airman: it is also a unique contribution to the history of a turbulent era.
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Electronic Wizards: Crows, Zappers & Weasels
This volume examines the clandestine world of aerial intelligence gathering and radar suppression, and considers the importance of electronic surveillance to today's forces, notably the USAF and the US Navy.
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Encyclopaedia of Modern Aircraft Armament
Lists all aircraft in current military use with the weapons they carry, their capabilities, and the combinations of weapon load that can be carried in bomb bays or on hardpoints.
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F-111: Success in Action
This book examines the development and employment of the General Dynamics F-111. It includes all the variants such as the USAF version, the Navy F-111B, the Strategic Air Command FB-111, the EF-111, and the Australian F-111. There is a lot of great information about how the aircraft was flown, tactics, weapons, and technology. The authors discuss the employment of the F-111 in Vietnam, its activities in various exercises, and the raid on Libya in 1986. The only sad thing is that the book was published in 1989, and therefore it does not examine the employment of the F-111 in Desert Storm in 1991. That said, it is an excellent history that covers 1962-89, and it remains worth reading 30 years later.
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F-86 Sabre: Rebuilding & Flying the North American F-86 in the 1990’s
The North American F-86 Sabre was a post-war jet fighter that entered service with the United States Air Force in 1949 and was retired from active duty by Bolivia in 1994. What is even more exciting is the mount of activity surrounding the rebuilding of the type as a war bird worldwide. There are literally tons of spares, and a significant number of airframes in a varying conditions and a growing number of companies offering Sabre Jet related services. The myths surrounding the Sacramento accident does nothing to enhance the image of the Sabre jet but those myths are cleared up here. Here are some of the article features. Flying the F-86A and CAC Sabre, Sabre Aerobatic Team. Rebuilding the NAA FJ-4B Fury. China Lake the Sabre's last stand. Fort Wayne's Saber Five. Airworthy & Project Sabers listing History of the F-86A G-SABR/48-178. Rebuilding and F-86H. CAC Sabres today. Surviving Sabre airframes worldwide. Exclusive F-86A Cutaway.
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F-86 Sabre: The Operational Record
In this book, Robert Jackson charts the operational career of the F-86, from its inception through the embattled skies of Korea to its role as NATO's guardian and after, when it became the fighter workhorse of many Third World nations.
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Fall of an Arrow
On February 20, 1959, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker announced to the House of Commons the cancellation of the CF-105 Arrow. Its development costs to that time were $340 million. The Arrow was to be the world's unsurpassed interceptor aircraft. Yet within two months of the Prime Minister's announcement, six completed aircraft were dismantled and all papers and documents associated with the project were destroyed. Here is the history and development of the Arrow - the plane that would make Canada the leader in supersonic flight technology. The Arrow was designed to fly at twice the speed of sound and carry the most advanced missile weapons system. Here are the stories of the men and women who were in the vanguard of the new technology - who had come from England, Poland, and the United States to make aviation history.
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Fast Jets 2
Captioned colour photographs depict the pilot's eye view and include many air-to -air photographs of fighter planes.
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Fast Jets: A Pilot’s Eye View
Captioned colour photographs depict the pilot's eye view and include many air-to -air photographs of fighter planes.
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Fighter (Military Missions)
This highly informative and beautifully illustrated volume presents you not only with an overview of a century of powered flight and the key technical developments, but also with an explanation of fundamental aerodynamic principles. Setting events in their historical context, it examines each of the most important fighters in turn and tells of the individuals whose ingenuity and courage gave military aviation its extraordinary momentum.
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Fighter Interceptors: America’s Cold War Defenders
This book is not a history of air defence forces in the United States; it is merely a collection of photographs of some of the NORAD aircraft and units from the late 1960s to the present.
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Fighter: From Wood and Canvas to Supersonic Flight
Traces the development of the fighter plane, describes and evaluates various models from biplanes to experimental jets, and explains the aircraft's role in combat.
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Fighters Defending the Reich: A Selection of German Wartime Photographs from the Bundesarchin, Koblenz
This book depicts the German pilots and crews in preparation to ward off Allied bombers.
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Fighting Colors: Glory Days of U.S. Aircraft Markings
Shows and describes standard military aircraft markings, as well as nose art, squadron colors, Bicentennial flagships, and high visibility trainers.
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First Transatlantic Flight 1919
On the cold morning of May 9, 1919, three frail U.S. Navy seaplanes rose awkwardly into the foggy sky over Long Island, New York in a daring attempt to fly the Atlantic. The planes were Curtis NC flying boats with a wingspan of 126 feet, and a hull length of 45 feet. The planes had a cruising speed of 77 miles an hour. Plagued by bad weather and mechanical failures, each of the three planes was forced down into storm-ripped seas --- one for more than two days. At great personal risk the crews courageously made repairs while rolling in waves 30 feel high. But one plane made it --- "Putty" Read and his five-man crew became the first men to successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean. This gripping account makes dramatic reading. As Charles Lindbergh said, "It was skill, determination, and a hard-working loyal crew that carried Read through to the completion of the first transatlantic flight."
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Flight: The Evolution of Aviation
The Wright Brothers first took their flyer soaring in 1903 --- and less than a century later, rockets flew us to the moon. Experience the evolution of aviation, from the earliest pioneers to the complex technology of military jets and beyond, as inventors and aviators with skill and imagination push the limits of possibility. A rich selection of photos includes images of groundbreaking designs, patents, and logbooks from record-breaking flights.
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Flight: The History of Aviation

John Batchelor & Chris Chant (ISBN 10 – 0075511762) Hardcover 192 pages Out of Print. New old stock. Slight fading on front jacket due to age. Book in excellent condition. Please ask for details.

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Flights of Fantasy: From Leonardo da Vinci to HOTOL
The dream of flight, the chance to soar like a bird, to escape the ties and troubles of earthbound existence, is one of man's most ancient and persistent fantasies. This book looks at some of the visionaries who have kept the dream of flight alive — the pioneers who made the first successful ascents above terra firma, the strategic airpower of World War I, daring aviators and world speed records, the tremendous technological advances in avionics, the Jumbo Jet and the emergence of 'stealth'. The names and the achievements are legendary.   Flights of Fantasy covers the aeronautical speculations of Leonardo da Vinci five centuries ago — his best-known design was for the ornithopter, a man-powered machine with flapping wings — to the first powered flight in an airplane by Orville and Wilbur Wright. This led to the development of the airship and the 1909 'stick and string' monoplane of Louis Bleriot. He rose to fame after successfully crossing the English Channel — a feat made possible only when a sudden rainstorm cooled the badly overheated engine.   Design-wise, the air race for supremacy was in full swing at this time, and in great contrast to the monoplanes, Dr Hugo Junkers was planning a gigantic all-wing aircraft to be made of metal. In fact Junkers ideas were so advanced, he even took out a patent. Then, at the end of World War I in 1918, designs for both landplanes and flying boats were well advanced.   Count Gianni Caproni, a pioneer of successful large bombers during the war years also turned his attention to civil transport. His amazing, albeit controversial, nine-winged Noviplano did actually take off but it dived, nose-first into Lake Maggiore, moments later.   Frank Whittle's design for the turbojet engine in 1929 was to revolutionize civil and military aviation, although at the time, lack of funding caused his patent to lapse. The end of World War II saw the design for the world's first supersonic aircraft followed in the late 1960s by Boeing's Jumbo Jet — the greatest people-mover of all time.   The fastest airplane is the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird which first flew in 1964 and was finally retired in 1990. Once more design crossed new frontiers, this time in structure, materials, engines and systems. Even the hydraulic fluid had to be specially created.
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Fly for their Lives

John Chartres Hardcover 160 pages

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Flying Aces: Aviation Art of World War II
The "Ace" had become a new kind of hero by the time the skies became a primary battlefield during World War II--and the dogfights that ensued became more deeply personal than those on the ground below. These inspired paintings capture both the courage and tenacity of these men and their machines in more than 70 works, painstakingly recreated by artists in vivid detail. They tell harrowing stories of wounded Robert S. Johnson, tailed by a Luftwaffe full of deadly purpose--but without ammunition--or Germany's legendary Erich Hartmann, the first fighter pilot to down 300 enemy aircraft. All painted by respected aviation art masters, including Stan Stokes, Robert Taylor, and Roy Grinnell, they are enhanced with archival photographs of legendary Aces and their planes and battles. It's an authoritative tribute to the men of the skies--and a great gift for any aficionado of aviation or military history.
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Flying Boats and Amphibians Since 1945
It may come as a surprise to learn that some 1,700 multi-engined military and commercial flying boats and amphibians have been built since 1945. The development of compact, reliable and economical turbo-prop engines in recent years has given the flying boat and amphibian a new lease of life, not only by extending the lives of some types by replacing existing piston engines, but also by encouraging new designs that are able to compete favourably with landplanes in terms of economy while retaining their unique ability to land on water if and when necessary. There are currently more than 350 multi-engined types operating worldwide in the search and rescue (SAR) and inshore maritime reconnaissance (MR) roles with the military, the commercial transport of people and supplies in remote areas, and fighting fires. This book describes 12 major multi-engined flying boats and amphibians that have been produced, albeit in small numbers in some cases, in 7 different countries since 1945. All have either served with operational military units or have been sold to commercial operators, with which many of them continue to serve to this day.
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Flying Canucks II: Pioneers of Canadian Aviation
Among the many technological advances of this century that have shrunk our country, few have had as great an impact as aviation. Technologies evolve and national priorities change, but the qualities necessary to design aircraft, fly them in war and peace, and manage airlines remain constant. In this, his second book about pioneers of Canadian aviation, Peter Pigott brings a richness and understanding of the individuals themselves to the reader. Flying Canucks II takes us into Air Canada’s boardroom with Claude I. Taylor, to the Avro Arrow design office with Jim Floyd, inside the incredible career of Aviation Hall of Fame pilot Herb Seagram, on C.D. Howe’s historic dawn-to-dusk flight, and with Len Birchall in a Stranraer seaplane before he became, in Churchill’s phrase, “The Saviour of Ceylon.” It includes the story of how Scottish immigrant J.A. Wilson engineered a chain of airports across the country, how bush pilot Bob Randall explored the polar regions, and the ordeal of Erroll Boyd, the first Canadian to fly the Atlantic. The lives of “Buck” McNair and “Bus” Davey, half a century after the Second World War, are placed in the perspective of the entire national experience in those years. Whenever possible, Mr. Pigott has interviewed the players themselves, and drawing on his experience and contacts within the aviation community, has created a multi-faceted study of the business, politics, and technology that influenced the ten lives explored in depth in this book. C.D. Howe, wartime Canada’s absolute government czar used to say that running the country’s airline was all he really wanted to do. With a rich aviation heritage such as this, Flying Canucks II depicts the elements and the enemy at their worst and the pioneers of Canadian aviation at their best.
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Flying in Congested Airspace: A Private Pilot’s Guide
The airways are crowded, and getting worse. If you want to continue flying in today’s increasingly unfriendly skies, you need the practical advice of airline pilot Kevin Garrison found in Flying in Congested Airspace. In this book, flying in busy airspace has been divided into easily digested chunks including: • Controlled vs. uncontrolled airspace • Radar service areas • Terminal control areas • Dealing with wake turbulence • Planning routes • Avoiding collisions • Monitoring radio communications Kevin Garrison also provides pointers for safely negotiating the airspace near the nine busiest airfields in the United States. Private airplanes are still a fast and convenient form of transportation, but it’s wise to take a few precautions to ensure your flights are mishap-free. And, the first precaution any pilot can take to read and take to hear Kevin Garrison’s Flying in Congested Airspace.
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Flying Tankers: Gas Stations in the Sky
This little paperback photo book is worthwhile for tanker veterans, and anyone interested in aerial refueling. Published in 1989, so some of it is of historic interest now. Good photos and decent color reproduction for a 25 year old book. Recommended if this is in your area of interest -- certainly brought back memories for me. Note that the "perfect" binding is somewhat fragile.
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Flying the Frontiers
Flying the Frontiers brings to life tales from the log books and journals of people for whom aviation is a way of life. These intrepid and independent pilots, engineers, aircraft salvagers, and smoke jumpers tell of their adventures and misadventures over the endless bush and forbidding barrens of Canada's North, allowing readers a rare glimpse at a unique way of life that has taken these men and women across Canada and around the world. Told first-hand by the people who experienced them, these are wondrous tales of near-misses and amazing successes, heroism and foolishness, innovations and renovations, where the element of risk is part of every flight plan. Flying the Frontiers tells of an era that has all but disappeared, and of people whose careers spanned the pioneer age in aviation. Many continue to fly today. Their stories are enhanced by more than seventy personal photographs that depict the airplanes they flew, the territory they covered, and the predicaments in which they found themselves.
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Flying under Fire, Volume Two: More Aviation Tales from the Second World War
Building on the success of the previous volume, Flying Under Fire, Volume Two, features nine more personal accounts from Canadian pilots who flew in the Second World War. From training camps to posting across Canada, Britain, Europe, and North Africa, these stories capture the excitement, fear, hope, and dread of war-time service, and are all told with the vivid detail of first-hand experience. The contributors to this volume are a distinguished group: two are Air Commodores, three are Hall of Fame members, one has an Order of Canada and a McKee Trophy, and five have Distinguished Flying Crosses. Some, including Art Wahlroth and Bob Fowler, flew bombing missions in the war, many were fighters, and others, like Bill Carr and Jack Winship, performed reconnaissance duties, but all brought back tales of incredible resourcefulness and courage in the face of danger. And central to all their stories are the planes - Mosquitoes, Spitfires, Wellingtons, Meteors, Mitchells, and Kittyhawks fill the pages, each exhibiting the special quirks and personalities the pilots came to know and trust. Flying Under Fire, Volume Two, pays tribute to the roughly 35,000 Canadian airmen involved in the Second World War, honouring their contributions and preserving their stories for generations to come.
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Flying Under Fire: Canadian Fliers Recall the Second World War
Thousands of young Canadians volunteered for service in the RCAF, RAF, and other air services during WWII, risking their lives to protect others. The airforce played a critical part in the Allied victory and the stories of those brave men and women are as powerful and gripping as they were sixty years ago. The stories collected in Flying Under Fire were originally published in the Canadian Aviation Historical Society Journal and are the first-hand accounts of pilots, trainees, and ground crew who recall the danger, excitement, tragedy, and victory of serving their country. They bring an immediacy and a special brand of grim humour to their tales, capturing the hopes, fears, and spirit of the times. This book, made possible by the survivors of a long and difficult war, is dedicated to the memory of the 14,541 air personnel who did not return.
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For the Love of Flying
This book tells the story of Laurentian Air Services and its subsidiaries, Air Schefferville, Delay River Outfitters and more. Drawing on interviews with Laurentian's owners, pilots and ground crew, Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail explores this innovative company's colorful 60-year history from its founding in Ottawa in 1936 with Waco biplanes through the 1990s when it operated twin-engine turboprops. This book is filled with lively flying anecdotes from the cockpits of world-famous bushplanes, including the de Havilland Beaver and Otter, the Douglas DC-3 and the Grumman Goose. From daring rescues and close calls, to the filming of Hollywood's "Captains of the Clouds," Laurentian's pilots did it all. Interlaced with these fascinating accounts are stories of back-country air tourism, the mineral and hydro-power boom in Quebec and Newfoundland-Labrador and tales of flying into fishing and hunting camps in remote regions of Ungava. With an exciting collection of photographs - many never before published - this is a long-overdue book that will appeal to all who enjoy the romance of flying on the frontier.
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Frank Barr: Alaskan Pioneer Bush Pilot and One-man Airline
Frank Barr was one of the most interesting of the early aviation pioneers in Alaska. At age 28, the former calvalryman, parachute jumper and test pilot, signed on to a Yukon gold expedition in 1932 as a back up pilot. After the expedition failed to find enough gold, Frank Barr stayed in the north country and spent the rest of his career as a bush pilot. He flew every early plane from the Jenny to the Super Cub, carrying passengers and freight to remote villages in Alaska and the Yukon. In 1948 Barr was elected to the Territorial Senate, and held that seat when in 1955 he one of the 55 Alaskans chosen by the people to write a state constitution. Today Alaska's state constitution is considered one of the best state constitutions ever written. Alaska was admitted to the union in 1959. In his later years he flew bush routes for Alaska Airlines and became manager of the northern division. Even in retirement down in the lower forty-eight states, he conducted tours to Alaska and Mexico until he finally retired for good in 1974.
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Frank Wootton: 50 Years of Aviation Art
This magnificent volume celebrates Frank Wootton's career as an aviation artist. He traveled the world as an official war artist to the Royal Air Force for much of WWII. In 1944, he joined the Allied forces and painted the events and aircraft around him as he moved with the troops through newly liberated France and into Belgium He was then moved to Southeast Asia where he saw out the end of the war in Japan. This collection encompasses the range of Wootton's aviation art, from those early intense years right through to the present day -- including his impressions of the Concorde and modern high-tech fighter planes.
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When Captain Bob Pearson's twin-engine Boeing 767 failed due to insufficient fuel supply, the craft was gliding westbound over Red Lake at 41,000 feet. Freefall is the story of Flight 143. It is the story of how pilot Bob Pearson guided the powerless jet, with its full crew and 61 passengers, to safety.
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