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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Fonthill Media (31 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781552886
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781552889
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,223,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul R. Hare was born in Battersea but moved to Cleethorpes in 1971 after qualifying as an engineer.
He has spend all his adult like researching the Royal Aircraft Factory and has been a regular contibutor to a number of magazines and journals, including Air Enthusiast; WW1 Aero; and the Cross & Cockade Journal for many years.
He is also the author of a number of Windsock datafiles and has acted as technical advisor on a number of restoration projects.
He has presented papers at conferences and seminars in Both the UK and USA as well as speaking a flying clubs, Rotary clubs and even a young farmers club.

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About the Author

PAUL R. HARE has made a lifelong study of early aviation with particular emphasis on the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough and, in addition to writing books and articles, has lectured on the topic to numerous organisations both in England and the US. He has also been involved, at director level, with several aeroplane museums and, as a leading authority on the subject, acted as technical advisor on a number of restoration projects. Mount of Aces: The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a is Hare's second book for Fonthill Media after Fokker Fodder: The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Biggles on 23 Feb. 2015
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Good book about a great aircraft.
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Great book with excellent pictures helping me with the finer accuracy for building scale model biplane and awareness of the experiences of its pilots.
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Giving the S.E.5a Its Due! 20 July 2013
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Though it never received the publicity accorded to its Sopwith Camel stablemate, the S.E.5a was one of the greatest British fighters of World War I. Its slab-sided functionality lacked the sexiness of the Camel yet it was the preferred mount of many of the top-scoring British aces such as Mannock, McCudden, Beauchamp-Proctor and McElroy. Paul Hare serves up a wide-ranging, insightful and nicely-illustrated tribute to that singular fighter in MOUNT OF ACES, THE ROYAL AIRCRAFT FACTORY S.E. 5a, a 2013 Fonthill Media release.

First introduced in combat by 56 Squadron in April 1917, the S.E.5a soon built up a reputation as a first-class warbird, being a rugged, speedy biplane that may have lacked the Camel's agility but surpassed it in terms of altitude capability. Just as importantly, the S.E.5a was a far safer aircraft than the Camel, being much more forgiving than the Sopwith plane. Over 5,100 S.E.5a fighters were produced during the war, helping the Allies reclaim the skies over the Front.

Hare does a good job of tracing the aircraft's origins and development, its early combat career and subsequent combat ops, its use in Home Defense, service in other air forces, postwar use and so on. The book is well-illustrated with dozens of vintage b&w photographs of aircraft, pilots, bases, crashes, etc. I would have like a three-view of the basic model but that's just me.

Most recent books on the S.E.5a have concentrated on the ace pilots who flew it. MOUNT OF ACES, however, goes beyond that to provide a comprehensive history of -and tribute to - the aircraft. Recommended.
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I'd rather walk than fly a Camel! 13 Jun. 2014
By o. migillicuddy - Published on Amazon.com
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That is the conclusion that I come after reading this excellent history of the SE5a. They were contemporaries, and the Camel got the publicity, but most forget that it killed as many of its own pilots as it did of the enemy. I have a bit more flying experience than the average WW1 pilot did when arriving at the front. I think I could handle a SE5; I wouldn't want to attempt the Camel. There are more examples of this: The Hurricane and the Spitfire, the FW190 and the ME109; the F6F Hellcat and the F4U Corsair, among others. An aircraft designer must sometimes forsake a bit of performance in the interests of making an aircraft easy for a new pilot to fly. That of course does not always apply as the FW190 was not only easier to fly than the ME 109, but a far more potent weapon. Mr. Hare has done a very good job of writing a complete history of the type, including its history in the US Air Service, in Argentina and civilian service. The book is well illustrated, although some photos are used more than once. The photos of uncovered parts of the structure offer some very nice details for the modeler. A very good book about a very good aircraft. Interesting and study-able.
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great plane 9 Nov. 2013
By Leslie Hulkower - Published on Amazon.com
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great book this aircraft was a real war winner.i like the plane and i buy everything on it.the kills that are recorded are always suspect but the plane was great
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