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on 26 April 2009
This is the first book ever written about the Jet Provost trainer aircraft that trained RAF pilots throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s, so is very welcome. Its history includes lots of snippets from Flight International magazine and quotes by pilots that flew the type.There are chapters on all the RAF Units that used the type as well as on the overseas air arms that bought both the Jet Provost and the export variant, the Strikemaster. Lots of interesting photos of accidents, not seen before and a very good history on an aircraft type that aviation enthusiasts have wanted for years! This is not a modellers or 'spotters' book, so if you are looking for modelling references or production lists and indivdual aircraft histories, you will not find these in this book.
A definitive book is still awaited.
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on 17 January 2009
At last the Jet Provost is represented on the bookshelf. Follows the story of the aircraft from the piston Provost through to the Mk.5 jet and Strikemaster. Not a dry read it is infused with personal accounts from both ground and aircrew. The are 30 colour photos and an account of Far East operations, something unusual to say the least. With a nice forward from Air Marshall Sir Dusty Miller this was a suprising read and I am sure with lots of past (and some present) pilots having hours on the type, a popular read.
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on 1 May 2009
About time something was penned about this great little Aircraft.

A most interesting, fact filled, enjoyable book. Sheds new light on where in the World this Aircraft served and also the hot-spots where it was used in anger.

As a youngster brought up at RAF Cranwell ( my Father was an NCO Safety equipment Fitter )I remember vividly these aircraft and as a School project I painted a scene of the 'Poachers ' Aerobatic team which I still have!

Excellent, well done Bob Clarke.
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on 20 January 2009
Jet Provost: The Little Plane with the Big History
This is an excellent book by any standards, I expected a technical manual (as so many of this type of book are), but was regaled by memories and some (tall?) stories by the people who flew it and maintained it. There are some quite good illustrations, the accident photographs are better than most. This book shows a refreshingly different approach to the genre, and is recommended to anyone with an interest in aircraft.
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on 18 April 2009
You can never please everyone, the last reviewer demonstrated that and yes there are a few typos, but you should not let that detract you from this book. In fact if you look at the reviews on most aviation based publications there is always a bad write-up.

The book, where possible recounts the story of the Jet Provost and its many derivatives through personal accounts, official reports, Government documents and contemporary articles. If you bother to follow any leads up you will discover they are accurate. The account of the demise of the MK.4s might be a little light, however it does not make the account un-readable as this is not the story of the aircraft in Royal Air Force service.

The book covers the rise of Flying Training with the aircraft used after WWII, the Piston Provost, all 5 Mks of Jet Provost and the Strikemaster. It has some rather good air and ground crew stories from all periods and is well illustrated with a colour section (30 shots) and a mixture of company, private and MOD pictures. The test and development of the aircraft is fully covered as are Strikemaster operators and some exploits abroad. There is a section covering the range of the accidents that befell aircraft in service as well as some Strikemaster and privately owned aircraft. How the aircraft came to be replaced by the Shorts Tucano is interesting, using government sources where possible.

The account is rounded off with three interesting annexes, one covering Far East operations, whilst the other covers the authors time on the type at RAF Leeming (makes a change to have an author that's actually had something to do with the aircraft! So many these days are written by wannabees!). There is also the commentary for one of the air displays. Also if you check out the aviation web sites this book has had some good comments made about it and I would be rather inclined to follow their recommendations than the usual 'don't buy this because it has the odd spelling mistake in it' review we tend to find on Amazon.
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on 21 April 2010
I really enjoyed this book and found the history of the aircraft fascinating, particularly given that I'd flown the aircraft for some 90 hrs, including 20 solo back in 1982. Being a bit of an anorack I would have liked to have seen some details in Annexes of serial numbers by Mk, currrent survivors etc and a few more technical pictures/cutaways. That apart it was an excellent read.
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on 3 August 2009
It is a shame that such a well researched and presented book should be so marred by grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors. This publisher needs to employ proof readers.
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on 7 December 2009
An excellent read. Pity about the grammatical and spelling errors.
Brought back many memories having been an apprentice at Hunting Percival
and involved in the early days of the P56 Piston Provost through to the Strikemaster build at the BAC Hurn factory.
Would have been nice to have read more about the grand factory record of the a/c
build at Luton and the people involved before the break up.
Often wondered what the future of training a/c and a/c design might have been (remembering that the BAC 1-11 was initially a Luton design)had not the government in its wisdom cancelled the TSR2 at Weybridge,with the subsequent closure of the Luton plant by BAC.
However, learnt a great deal more about the a/c in RAF service and all over the world than I previously knew.
Well done Bob Clarke.
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on 21 March 2009
I was really looking forward to getting this book.Trainers like the `JP` don`t have the glamour of a front-line jet and are therefore poorly represented in print.

Pity then that this book is a big disappointment.

The work omits any mention of the MOD decision to prematurely withdraw the Mk4 and the subsequent upgrade of the older Mk3.What was wrong with the Mk4?(`Fatigue had already claimed most of the T.4s by the mid`70s`is as much as we get)How did the upgraded T.3A improve upon the Mk3? This book doesn`t say.

The work suffers from numerous typos.Wasn`t it subject to a proof-read?Dates have been corrupted or are simply missing.A paragraph regarding the OPEC embargo in`73 is rendered non-sensical by the omission of the word`no`.Yon Kippur instead of Yom(P.111).A photo caption(P56)substitutes the word `completion` for `competition`,captions on pp120 and 121 transposed........I could go on.

On the plus side there is some interesting stuff about Strikemasters(especially some `dodgy` sales to back-of-beyond war-zones).The section detailing accidents is good............and I did find out what those little strakes on the nose of the T.5A were for!

Sorry,2 stars is the best I can give it.
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on 4 August 2009
A very interesting book, but spoilt by lots of very poor spelling and grammar. A great shame bearing in mind that a decent proof reader would have picked up 95% of all of the 'sillies'. But well worth the read, nevertheless.
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