Archive for Items Categorized 'Aviation', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

Military Aviation Disasters: Significant Losses Since 1908

by David B.Gero

Whereas the Geneva-based Aircraft Crashes Record Office compiles and makes public statistics on aviation accidents of aircraft capable of carrying more than six passengers (excluding helicopters, balloons, and fighter airplanes), the military keeps its cards closer to the vest.

Testbeds, Motherships & Parasites

by Frederick A. Johnsen

Written by a USAF historian this book showcases the flying laboratories that test the seemingly obvious and the utterly obscure bits without which safe aviating would be anything but.

Soviet Spyplanes of the Cold War

by Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov

Well-illustrated histories of the “real” planes are accompanied by detailed descriptions of plastic scale model kits and commentary concerning their accuracy and available modifications.

Lady Lucy Houston DBE, Aviation Champion and Mother of the Spitfire

by Miles Macnair

Picture this: an air force is fighting for its very survival. A private citizen offers to buy her impoverished government several squadrons of fighter planes. The government says—no. This snub kickstarted a chain of events that culminated in Britain developing one of the important aircraft of all time.

The Royal Flying Corps 1914–1918

by Peter G. Cooksley

Absolutely one of the better books on the subject, which is probably why it keeps getting re-issued. Great at the human-interest level and a solid Big Picture introduction to the service that really validated aviation and thereby served as a model for all air forces.

The 377 Stratocruiser & KC-97 Stratofreighter: Boeing’s Great Post War Transports

by Bill Yenne

“A monkey could fly this plane.” Well, no, but once six monkeys on a flight from Thailand got loose. A modified version of it was called the Pregnant Guppy and NASA considered it a lifesaver. Everything you need to know about “Tomorrow’s Airliner” is in this lovely book.

Lancaster: Reaping the Whirlwind

by Martin A. Bowman

A close-up look at operating the mighty World War II bomber during the war and then on relief missions in the immediate aftermath.

A Complete History of U.S. Combat Aircraft Fly-Off Competitions

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.

Fairchild C-82 Packet: The Military and Civil History

by Simon D. Beck 

The first in-depth treatment of a specialized aircraft that pioneered new ways of doing things.

Look familiar? You know you’ve seen it . . .

1001 Aviation Facts

by Mike Machat, editor

From the Wright Brothers to space flight and from the real world to make-believe (TV/movies, model aircraft) this book will put a few—well, 1001—arrows in your quiver to dazzle and impress at the next cocktail party.

Dogfight: The Supermarine Spitfire and the Messerschmitt Bf109

by David Owen

These two very famous WW II fighters were pitted against each other for six years. Both were very good, especially under specific conditions that often favored one over the other—and both were built by men new to the fighter game.

Unflown Wings, Soviet/Russian Unrealised Aircraft Projects 1925–2010

by Yefim Gordon & Sergey Komissarov

If you read this book while having a drink you won’t know if you had one too many or the folk who dreamt up some of these extreme birds. Over 800 illustrations will lure you back again and again.