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Boeing B-52 Stratofortress Manual: An insight into owning, servicing and flying the USAF Cold War strategic bomber aircraft (Haynes Owners' Workshop Manuals) Hardcover – 7 Feb 2013


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (7 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857332597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857332592
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 1.3 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steve Davies is a military and commercial aviation photojournalist based in Cambridge, England. He began writing in 2001, and has since authored nine critically acclaimed books and co-authored five more. His freelance writing includes a plethora of articles penned for the world's leading monthly and quarterly aviation publications, and he has also worked on a range of aviation supplements that have sold millions of copies globally. He has worked as a subject matter expert for a range of military aviation documentaries commissioned by terrestrial television channels in the UK and North America, and by the History Channel. His photography has been used not only by the aviation press, but also by leading defence contractors and aviation corporations.

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About the Author

Steve Davies is a freelance aviation journalist and photographer. He is an authority on the USAF and the author of a range of titles on US combat aircraft, including the Haynes Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Manual with Paul F. Crickmore.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Forbes on 5 Nov 2013
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Having read three of Haynes' excellent aviation publications I was expecting the Boeing B-52 Manual to be of a similar high standard; however, I was disappointed with this one.

The cover publicity states that the book is about the B-52 '1952 onwards (all marks)' and is an insight into the 'USAF Cold War strategic bomber' - the cover artwork cutaway is of a B-52G. Yet the prospective purchaser of this Haynes Manual should be aware that it is predominantly about the B-52H, and its scope is skewed towards more recent use of the bomber such its role as a bomb truck in the War on Terror in Afghanistan.

The B-52 variants A through to G are covered in the briefest of terms. Some of the facts quoted seem to require checking for accuracy as well. I don't think the B-52A ever had J67 engines (page 22). With this being a Haynes manual I would also have expected a description of the unusual alternators fitted to the early marques. I would also have liked to have learned more about the 'significant deceleration' on take-off (page 44) when the water injection was turned off: an indicated airspeed vs. time graph might have been useful here.

Any serious text on the B-52 should have included a reasonable account of the aircraft's operations in Southeast Asia between 1965 and 1973. In spite of the fact B-52s flew tens of thousands of sorties in that theatre the topic receives scant attention in this book. The author wraps up the Vietnam conflict in only four pages; half of which are filled with photographs.

The four paragraphs covering the Arc Light missions start, and I quote: 'Arc Light coincided with the US Administration imposing a bombing halt over North Vietnam. The halt resulted in Operation Rolling Thunder'???!
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By T. A. Pogmore on 10 Mar 2014
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Once again I can't really comment on this item as it was purchased as a gift for someone, however this person has ordered many of these manuals on different subject and seems to love them.
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By judith ralphs on 4 Feb 2014
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For anyone really interested in planes this is a great gift my son in law was very pleased with this
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A very well received book for a Christmas present and well received by the recipent who enjoys the topics of aircraft design.
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