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Winged Warriors: The Cold War from the Cockpit Hardcover – 30 Sep 2012
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This book gives so much insight into a world of not so long ago and how the RAF has differed so markedly in size and influence. There is enough humour to bring many a hearty chuckle but also some of the most moving accounts that I have ever read, with one causing me to weep hard. Buy the book and you will certainly know which passage I am referring to.
Buy this book. You will not regret it one bit.
Having flown in the rear seat of B2 and T22 Canberras myself it was most enjoyable to read the detailed account of life flying the aircraft during the same period. Having flown in the nav seat of a knackered B2 from St Mawgan to St Athan to be scrapped I do wonder if it was the same airframe that was mentioned crashing at St Mawgan? Who knows, it was certainly at the right time, but it just added to my enjoyment of the book.
The author is clearly an impressive individual, his service career speaks for itself but what impressed me was his honesty. He is quite happy to write in detail about things that did not go as planned, mistakes he made as well as occasions where he messed up and took the flak as a result!
A lot of these stories concentrate on the "cooler" aspects of service life. This author does not, he details some fairly mundane aspects of service life and I really enjoyed reading this book. Highly recommended.
A bit let down by inadequate proof reading. There are a number of glaring spelling mistakes and typos e.g. "wandering" is spelled "wondering" on at
least three occasions, "led" is spelled "lead" and "knew" is spelled "new".
One anecdote is repeated, word for word, three times. On another occasion, 2008 is described as the 80th anniversary of the RAF; this is 10 years adrift.
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