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Soviet X-planes
Soviet X-planes
by Yefim Gordon
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Could be so much more, 12 April 2014
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Given the topic, the expectation for this book was much higher than it delivered. Pluses are it forms a useful reference book with everything in one place, if that is the purpose of having such a book on your shelf. It is also clearly well researched in terms of digging out some pretty obscure types and backgrounds. The downsides are the print and paper quality are nowhere near what you should expect these days, and the writing is a bit dry, so it is not an easy read and certainly not something I could read end-to-end in a sitting.

Recommend if for someone who is after reference material, but not if you are after an enjoyable read.


Douglas Propliners: Skyleaders, DC-1 to DC-7
Douglas Propliners: Skyleaders, DC-1 to DC-7
by Rene J. Francillon
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality book - in content and finish, 12 April 2014
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Having a good collection of propliner books already, any additions need to be above average if I'm going to spend my money and this book is an excellent addition. Good points are that it gives equal weighting to the DC4E and DC5, as well as a good collection and mixture of photos. Whilst it will never give the detail per type compared to a book on an individual model, it does give good context in terms of the position of the Douglas company and the influences and drivers that drove the design choices for each of their products. It is very readable, both for dipping into and out of, or if you prefer an end-to-end read. The paper quality is excellent, which means you get the best out of the selection of pictures and a pleasure to read.

Well worth purchasing if you are a propliner fan.


Hawker Hunter: The Operational Record
Hawker Hunter: The Operational Record
by Robert Jackson
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars A Product of its Era, 12 April 2014
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There don't seem to be too many good books on the Hunter about, which is a bit disappointing given its wide use and longevity. The book (as the title says) focuses on it operational use, but I must say even in this context it was a little lightweight and does not use many first hand accounts to back up and explain how the aircraft was used, or what it was like to operate. It would be interesting for instance to have more of an account of the aircraft in Lebanon, which seem to have been resurrected into service again, or other small operators. The gaps and somewhat dry content, along with the picture and paper quality show the age of the book, which give it a 3 star score.

Shall remain on the look out for a top notch book this great aircraft deserves.


Wings of the Malvinas: The Argentine Air War Over the Falklands
Wings of the Malvinas: The Argentine Air War Over the Falklands
by Santiago Rivas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £23.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good book, told from the other side, 19 May 2013
This is a really well put together book, nicely produced in hardcover with a lot of pictures and with a lot of detail. I've enjoyed this over a number of evenings, and must say the book was more than I expected when I bought it.

It goes into a level of detail, even covering civil Argentine aircraft used in the conflict, with good appendices covering all the aircraft details and subsequent service. The book is nicely balanced in terms of covering the wheres and wherefores of the source of the conflict, and the overall war, and nicely intersperses British pilot's interviews with the Argentine telling of the same story. The book is broken into chapters covering each Argentine unit, but the whole book holds together in a coherent manner. Even the most hardened aviation historian will learn something new reading this book

The Author has clearly done a massive amount of research, and published in a second language, but the book is very readable and has no obvioius editing mistakes. Excellent effort, nice book with well balanced commentary from the side we hear less about.


AMARG: America's Military Aircraft Boneyard - A Photo Scrapbook
AMARG: America's Military Aircraft Boneyard - A Photo Scrapbook
by Nick Veronico
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.67

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good casual read and coffee table book, 23 Mar 2013
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This is a competent book for the style - paperback, mainly picture book. The printing and picture quality is good, and I liked the mix of both recent photos and historic photos showing the different fleets and aircraft that have been held at AMARG - from the 1960s on. The book is broken into four chapters with a short explanation for each chapter like 'Scrapping the Big Fleets,' which breaks the book up nicely. It also has decent explanations for the captions of each included picture

Whilst not outstanding, it is certainly competent and a worthwhile read.


Desert Boneyard (Schiffer Military History Book)
Desert Boneyard (Schiffer Military History Book)
by Patrick Hoeveler
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £35.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book, just missing a little polish, 20 Mar 2013
'Boneyards' are always an evocative subject for aviation enthusiasts, so I looked forward to getting the book.

This book has some great points, with some nice pictures on reasonable quality paper and I particularly like the description of each desert storage site, its history and a bit more depth than comparable 'picture books.' I also appreciated the hardcover binding, although clearly you pay for that. What lets it down though is the quality of one or two of the pictures - not clear if this is due to the photos or my particular printing of the book - it doesn't affect the majority of the pictures, but it is what holds it back from a 5-star.

Still pleased I have the book, and if you like the subject I think all but the most critical punters will be happy.


QF32
QF32
Price: £6.64

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real life drama at its best, 18 Mar 2013
This review is from: QF32 (Kindle Edition)
I don't hand out 5-star ratings lightly, but this book gets 5-stars - I can confirm it is both an easy and interesting read - although I like the feel of paper amazon, so how about selling the book.

What gives this book my 5-stars is threefold. Firstly I work in the industry and know firsthand that this book is a very accurate account of the event, so good marks for this. Second point I like, is (if you read right to the end) there is some very honest and open disclosure by the author about his reaction to the aftermath of the event in terms of dealing with the post-event stress - if it were just an ego trip, there is no need to mention this.

Final point is I have had the pleasure of hearing Richard talk on the topic, and meet him, and all he says on the topic when questioned is consistent with the book. I don't get the impression he is about talking up the subject, rather he just has very clear views on cockpit and aviation management. If any of you do get the opportunity to hear him speak, I strongly recommend it.


The Bristol 170: Freighter, Wayfarer and Superfreighter
The Bristol 170: Freighter, Wayfarer and Superfreighter
by Derek King
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive history of a unique plane, 10 Mar 2013
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I've had a personal interest in the 'flying brick' as it was known in New Zealand for a long time, having flown on one as a lad, and I was glad to get my hands on what I hoped would be a good history of the plane. I'm pretty content with the purchase as the book is well bound, with a nice cover, well researched and a good size - I doubt you'll find more about the Bristol Freighter in another single volume.

On the plus side, it is certainly a comprehensive book with a lot of facts and anecdotes you probably wouldn't find easly elsewhere, it has a per aircraft history, and some good pictures and historic adverts to round it out. The only things that make it fall short of a 5 star is it just misses something in the ordering and flow of the book. In addition a few of the colour pics were a bit low on quality and something I found a bit annoying was use of (unusual) abbreviations in the per aircraft history - really wasn't needed in a book of this size as it probably only saved 1 page of print and detracted from an otherwise excellent book.

Overall conclusion is it is a good book, albeit with a few niggles, so if you're hunting for a good history of the Bristol Freighter this one is probably for you.


Out of the Blue: The Sometimes Scary and Often Funny World of Flying in the Royal Air Force, as Told by Some of Those Who Were There
Out of the Blue: The Sometimes Scary and Often Funny World of Flying in the Royal Air Force, as Told by Some of Those Who Were There
by Ian William Cowie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great book of Flying Morsels, 20 Feb 2013
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A great format to be able to pick up periodically without having forgotten where you'd got to, and to have a chuckle at some of the escapades those in the RAF have had over the years (although I bet many of them weren't chuckling at the time!). Most the stories are only 1-to-3 pages long, so an ideal length for dipping into an out of. The book also covers a long period of time from a few WWII tales right up to the end of the 90's - as I bet anything more recent might get some people in trouble. Only a few little niggles, and you can't complain about the price or the good causes it supports.

Only one gripe ... Amazon why can't you do the charitable thing and make the book available on Amazon, whilst also letting the RAF Benevolent Fund and Help for Heros get the benefits? - it can't cost Amazon that much and would benefit your customers and help these good causes all in one go...


North American's T-6: A Definitive History of the World's Most Famous Trainer
North American's T-6: A Definitive History of the World's Most Famous Trainer
by Dan Hagedorn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £21.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality book, but lacks some punch, 1 Dec 2012
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I bought this book expecting a lot given some of the reviews and description. Whilst it is a very good quality book and I'm still happy to have it on my shelf, I must admit to feel a little let down and I struggled a bit to get right through the book. This is not because the book is lacking good information, it seems to have it in spades, and it has detail on the many variants and all the national operators of the aircraft. It also has an excellent paper and print quality and some nice photos and diagrams (both black & white and colour - although I would have dropped one or two of the lower quality photos if it were me). I think the issue is the book just doesn't seem to flow as well as it could and it feels a little bit cluttered in part. Despite this if you like the T-6 this book is still worth having in your bookcase.


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