Archive for Items Categorized 'Aviation', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.
by Yefim Gordon, Dmitriy Komissarov, Vladimir Rigmant
This icon of Soviet national prestige did take to the skies before the Concorde but ended up having a much shorter service life. Of the few publications devoted specifically to this aircraft, this book is the most complete yet.
by Phillip E. Sims
It was the most successful flying-boat airliner ever built, a majestic, beautiful aircraft. It made the world a smaller place and played a role in peace and war.
by Clive Semple
“I must now enjoy myself and not worry, otherwise I shall get nerves and that won’t do.” Far more than merely the story of a pilot, this is a glimpse of the world through the eyes of a young man with hopes, illusions, and—luck.
by Graham M. Simons
The exclamation point isn’t really part of the plane’s name but it might as well have been. Sleek and beautiful, it ushered in a new era but paid a heavy prize for blazing the trail. The book covers everything worth knowing about it.
by John Christopher
From luxuriously appointed people-hauling “pond hoppers” that actually flew, to proposed atomic-powered leviathans replete with helipads this book takes a look at how to cross vast distances.
by Mikael Forslund
How the Swedes got their Spitfires (postwar) is one of those on again/off again stories, but, given what use they were put to, it may have kept the Cold War a degree cooler.
by Erik Simonsen
How do military aircraft make the cut to be selected for active duty? And the ones that didn’t, what would they have looked like if they had made it into service? On the latter score, this book is a winner.
by Mike Roussel
Air racing was once a big thing, seemingly the catalyst for advancing aircraft technology and also public buy-in. By looking at only the Schneider Trophy, and from a very European point of view, this book is limited in its answers.
by Matthew Willis
Meet the “most reviled aircraft of WW II.” And find out why things aren’t as bad as all that. It did stay in service until the mid-1950s so it must have done something right!
by Glenn White
Only 17 known complete survivors of the iconic WWII bomber exist worldwide and this thoroughly illustrated book takes you to and inside them.
by Bill Yenne
Drone activities may be in the news a lot but in fact much remains—and rightly so given their purpose—behind closed doors. Yenne’s book is an excellent primer not only on what drones are capable of but how they fit into the arsenal.
Sergey Komissarov & Yefim Gordon
Duck and cover—lest a giant flying ship blows you over! These exotic things have been around on paper since the 1920s and in flight since 1935 but you still get a look of disbelief. Their day may come again.