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Legends of the Air: B-47, B-42 and Vulcan v. 5 Paperback – 1 Jul 1997
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From the "Legends of the Air" series, this volume covers three classic fighters of the Cold War era: the Avro Vulcan which, near the end of its life, saw action in the Falklands; the Boeing B-47 Stratojet, used as a testbed and for spying; and the famous US combat aircraft the B-52 Stratofortress.
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26 December 1999
I am perhaps biased because I like bomber planes and would buy just about anything with the Vulcan in it! However, there are a lot of good points about this book and I am looking forward to reading other books written by Stewart Wilson who not only knows his stuff but also how to write well. This book covers three very important aircraft of the "Cold War " era which thankfully were never called upon to carry out the mission they were initially designed for. However, each was to make a mark in history for their contribution to other tasks - the Vulcan in bombing Port Stanley runway in the Falklands War, the B-47 for recconnaissance ("spying") and the "Buff" for pounding the "bad guys" in Vietnam and Iraq with "iron bombs". This book does each justice even though it is a paperback and fairly compact. Even so I found things in each section which I did not know before and so it is an enjoyable and informative reader for the novice and fan. The print quality is very good, the selection of photos excellent. And each subject is well illustrated with drawings and unit information. In summary, I would say that this is a book you should have on your bookshelf if you are even remotely interested in these aircraft. It is readable, informative and good value for money.
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