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on 21 January 2017
This sort of books should be ideal for computer format as the electronic media should allow the images (photos and illustrations) to be zoomed for closer inspection.

Unfortunately a lot of the images - especially the crucial 'profiles' - don't zoom up well at all. They just blur. I'm reading this on a 9" Fire HDX with a good high resolution colour screen,so the blur-o-vision is particularly frustrating.

Having read the original physical book, I know the images were better on paper - so either the image transfer into electronic form was careless, or there is some software limitation on the kindle reader software that hinders display of detailed images, or the book size was (mistakenly for an illustrated book) kept to a minimum by deliberately using low res images.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 7 October 2013
As the book is only 80 pages long, yet covering three distinct aircraft (and their subversions), including development, deployment, use and extensive line drawings, colour schemes and pictures, it was bound to have been less than extensive in any one of the covered aspects. Still, the authors managed a good balance overall and it is definitely a good introductory reading on the subject of the V bomber force, all the way to the retirement of the final Victors in 1993.

After the introduction, covering the requirements that were finally translated into the three designs - the Valiant, the Vulcan and the Victor - and briefly covering the development and entry into service of the types, the authors proceed to go through the operational careers of the types, with coverage given to exercises as well combat operations (Suez, Falklands, Desert Shield / Desert Storm). While the development part errs on the side of being too brief (Valiant Units of the Cold War (Combat Aircraft) for instance finds a much better balance in this respect), the operations part covers all the main aspects, albeit it cannot provide in-depth coverage for each type and the writing meanders between the types somewhat.

The high level as well as low level conventional and nuclear bombing roles are covered as well as the tanker ones. As there were few instances of the V Force being used in anger in its primary bomber role, a lot of attention is given to various deployment and refueling exercises but as mentioned the authors do describe the Suez mission (Valiants) and then go into some detail in covering the Falklands War (with the main focus being on the difficulties in performing the myriad refuelings necessary to manage to bomb the Port Stanley airport).

The format generally precludes much being said in terms of upgrades of the aircraft during their service lives (apart from mentioning the different versions) and almost nothing is revealed on the serviceability or ease of use.

There are plenty of photographs throughout the book, most of which are well enough captioned. The book then ends with an overview of the units and individual aircraft (date of production, units, numbers, etc.). I am not enough of an expert to be able to spot mistakes here (as criticized by another reviewer) but the section - to the extent that it is correct is certainly a useful one.

Finally the book finishes with extensive colour drawings depicting all the various camouflage schemes used over the years for all three types, in all their roles. This came as a bit of a surprise, especially the number of the schemes captured and is very well executed. While the book does not provide a WEFT (wings, engines, fuselage & tail) recognition guide, drawings of all the types are provided from different perspectives, making recognition somewhat easier (luckily the types are quite distinct in their appearance and unlikely to be confused with others).

Overall a very solid primer on the V Bomber force, even if perhaps somewhat lacking in detail in several places. It is likely to provide enough of the basics and satisfy the casual interest, even if it will not provide much new material to the 'expert' in the field.
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on 7 August 2014
I bought this e-book to increase my knowledge of the 3 V bombers and there were certainly some interesting facts here. I was a bit disappointed that the photos are so small and can't be enlarged, and seemed randomly dispersed through the book ie Vulcan pictures in the middle of a section on the valiant etc. I also thought there was inadequate comparison made between the three bombers in performance and how well the crews liked them. What were their shortcomings? An awful lot of the book focussed on the Victor tanker operations, and even the Black Buck operations were fully described from the tanker perspective with only a brief mention of the Vulcan that actually made the attacks. All in all I think the book was a bit light, and could have been structured better, but interesting nevertheless.
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on 14 November 2013
When we were young the future seemed full of incredible machines and possibilities both exciting and frightening. The V bombers were the result of the technologies and ideologies of the post war period and in a way exemplified all that was exciting and all that was frightening. Dave Windle gives an insiders view as well as the wider view and ultimately how aircraft built to deliver Armageddon ultimately proved themselves in ways never imagined by those that designed them. Readable and informative, never set out to be a great piece of English literature but I would recommend it as an insight into the cold war to those too young to remember it as well as those of us for whom the memory fades.
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on 21 April 2014
Downloaded on the Kindle Fire. This book would be better in larger format paper so as to show off it's pictorial richness, it lacks a little Ebook.

Not an in depth of each bomber, but what you may call a potted history of each plane, a brief look at the reasons for their creation, their development, use, adaptations and eventual demise, the book covers the Victor, Valiant and the famous Vulcan bomber.

Been a while since I read this but It is a well recommended book from a devout Vulcan fan.
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on 29 April 2017
Very interesting, from a 1952 National Serviceman based at RAF Kaitak, the first Meteor arrived to great excitement. This story seems almost unbelievable
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on 31 January 2015
I have given this book 5 stars, because I have wanted one on these particular planes for some time and this suits the bill. The subject matter might not be for every ones taste but it is ideal for me. If you want a book on V bombers then you'll enjoy, if you don't, then it is not for you.
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on 5 December 2015
For what this book cost I would have thought that it would have had a little more in it. There could also been a lot more information in it. Not value for money.
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on 15 December 2013
I grew up around the V Bomber era with my late Father being a Crew Chief on Vulcans.
His a/c XM655 still exists today at Wellsbourne nr Stratford upon Avon.
For me this is a great little book (non kindle format). More of an overview format of each a/c type with sqdns, bases and service. Illustrations/profiles are very nice as well.
Can recommend this title for all despite my obvious personal connection and love of the Vulcan.
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on 2 August 2016
I have all the shipcraft titles so was wondering what to expect from these. Read reviews elsewhere before purchase and was not disappointed.
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