on 24 March 2015
This is a book about an airfield (now mothballed) in North Norfolk! Doesn't sound much, but it is about Sculthorpe which was at the heart of the cold war, was home to a permanent nuclear bomber fleet and the first over flights of the Soviet Union. The latter were carried out by the RAF. The book is full of facts and is surprisingly (should I be surprised?) an very easy read, in fact its almost in the "I cant put it down" category. I mixes details about hard nosed military activities and the mundane (but fascinating) life on the base.
Interestingly, I feel there are some unfinished parts, mainly because of lot of what went on, and still goes on is very classified.The overflights and nuclear role are still shrouded in secrecy. The crash over Holt is not discussed. Also the final chapter "1992-present" is somewhat sparse. A great deal still goes on at Sculthorpe, special ops, practice flights for Kobane etc etc. And was it an emergency runway for the Space Shuttle.
on 21 July 2014
Very good. A little let down for me, as an enthusiast and local historian, by some minor unneccesary errors that should not have got through, e.g. photo of a C-130 Hercules labelled incorrectly, and a few other glaring mistakes such as the equipment used by the Air Rescue squadron..... But - generally well researched, interesting, and a good addition to the existing literature about the early USAF in europe.