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4 people found this helpful
on 7 December 2010
The new "Haynes manual" approach to aviation is a novel one and one to be applauded, as some of these publications bring together aspects that many people would have overlooked or missed in other publications. This one, "Aerospatiale/BAC CONCORDE 1969 onwards (all models)" gives a wonderful insight into the background and workings of a 20th century icon - Concorde. While it does much to explain the fundamental principles behind the aircraft, many enthusiasts will be left wondering why they didn't go further to explain the fine details behind this amazing piece of engineering. For example, many of the close up photos of the instruments (many of the photographs used are by Jonathan Falconer) say what the instrument is in general but leave a lot to be desired when it comes to explaining precisely what they display or why. Some instruments are merely labeled (ie "instrument transfer switches") and if you do not have a flight manual you would not know what they do or why.
I recommend this book for its photographs but not so much for the information it provides which is too often inadequate (especially if this is really supposed to be equivalent to a Haynes manual - would you use this paucity of information to maintain your car - I think not!).