The Phantom in Focus: A Navigator’s Eye on Britain’s Cold War Warrior

The Phantom in Focus: A Navigator’s Eye on Britain’s Cold War Warrior

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"Essential reading for any Phantom fan." Airfix Model World
"One of my books of the year." War History Online

The Phantom is the original multi-role combat jet and one of the world's most iconic aircraft. Life in the Phantom squadron was fast, fun and exhilarating, but without the glamour portrayed in the Hollywood blockbuster Top Gun. This is the inside story, told by a veteran RAF navigator, of what it was actually like to fly in the cockpit of a Phantom at the height of the Cold War, when it stood as NATO's first line of defence with a record of 280 MiG kills.

The mighty Phantom has an unrivalled service history. Fast, durable and deadly, it was a test bed for missile technology and held five speed records for an impressive thirteen years. But that is not to say it didn't have its faults - it was know (affectionately) among its crews as the 'Rhino', 'The Spook', 'Double Ugly', the 'Flying Brick' and the 'Lead Sled'. But despite this, its sheer power and lethal payload could never be ignored.

This new paperback edition of a hugely popular hardback features hundreds of spectacular, previously unpublished photographs - several taken from inside the cockpit - and many illuminating anecdotes that capture the truth behind the Hollywood glamour, The Phantom in Focus is a unique, honest and compelling tribute to a legendary aircraft.


Dave Gledhill is an aviation enthusiast and aviator. Having been awarded his pilot's licence at the age of 17, he was commissioned in the RAF in 1974 and trained as an air navigator, before converting to the F4 Phantom in the Air Defence role. After tours in the UK and Germany, he went on to be a radar tactics instructor on the Operational Conversion Unit. One of the first instructors on the new Tornado F2, he eventually became the Executive Officer on the OCU and OC1435 Flight flying the Tornado F3.

Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Binding: paperback
Pages: 336
Illustrations: 139 b/w and 96 colour photographs

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