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Battle Flight: RAF Air Defence Projects and Weapon&hellip by Chris Gibson
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
So, I received a review copy of Battle Flight a few weeks ago and have been reading it. Just finished today. An excellent book. So...

First impressions - very nice production. Good work.

Its been done as a companion volume to Chris's earlier work, Vulcan's Hammer: V-Force Aircraft and Weapons Projects Since 1945 which is a must-have purchase. Nice quality paper, great design, and high quality reproduction of artwork.

The book chapters are broadly thematic rather than chronological. This makes sense, because it covers an awful lot of different topics under the broad heading of Air Defence - AA, SAMs, radars, fighters, AWACS, tankers and more,… Read more
Vulcan's Hammer: V-Force Aircraft and Weapons Proj&hellip by Chris Gibson
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 23 Aug 2011
Vulcan's Hammer is about Britain's nuclear deterrent, the aircraft to carry it, the aircraft projects to replace them, and the weapons intended to arm them. What could have been an addendum to BSP4 is forged into an excellent and coherent book, with the author keeping a firm grip on the realities of politics and economics within which military and technological developments take place, unlike some other aviation writers. The weaving together of the whole weapons system, both aircraft and weapons, is very illuminating.

So, to specifics. The book is beautifully designed by Russell Strong - good work! The cover is strong and attractive, the layout is modern but readable, the… Read more
BAe P.1216: Supersonic ASTOVL Aircraft (ProjectTec&hellip by Michael Pryce
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The P.1216 is a very interesting project, as it represented a serious attempt to build a supersonic STOVL fighter built on the rich experience of the Harrier. It was effectively the "last hurrah" from the justly famous Kingston team which produced an unparalleled range of fighters for the RAF from the 1930s onward. Its unconventional appearance was the result of long experience with day-to-day STOVL operation, and would certainly have stood out from the pack in a way the Eurofighter Typhoon doesn't. In the early 1980s these two very different projects were competing for funding and had things gone differently, it might have been British (or British-American) P.1216's flying missions over… Read more