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Javelin from the Cockpit: Britain's First Delta Wi&hellip by Peter Caygill
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Peter Caygill had a wonderful career in the RAF flying the front line fighters of the 50's and 60's. The book the the Javelin is excellent and gives the reader a behind the scenes insight into the challenges of effectively operating this all weather fighter. Aviation enthusiasts are familiar with performance data such as top speed and operational ceiling but Peter explains about the flight envelope and how small the margin is when trying to intercept bombers at the limits of performance.

The Javelin was a very important aircraft of the period. It looks great in photographs and the PR machine of the period made in sound great. The author lets us know what it was really like and… Read more
Lightning from the Cockpit: Flying the Supersonic &hellip by Peter Caygill
Peter Caygill had a wonderful career in the RAF and was fortunate to fly and operate Britain's front line fighters of the 1950's and 60's. This is one of the best books of the period I have ever read, as the author balances the mind blowing performance of the Lightning with operational issues such as reliability and performing it's operational role of interception when it carried such little fuel.

Well written and a great read. Would highly recommend.
On The Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project G&hellip by Barton C. Hacker
Project Gemini tends to be under-valued being sandwiched between the Mercury program (first American in space) and the Apollo moon program. This is a very detailed account of Gemini going through all the politics, finances, processes and engineering as the program unfolded.

Very detailed and quite heavy going in places. If you are interested in space, and the 1960's space race well worth a read.