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


Tornado F3 in Focus: A Navigator's Eye on Britain's Last Interceptor


Tornado in Pictures: The Multi-Role Legend


Mustang - Thoroughbred Stallion of the Air


Tupolev Tu-128 ‘Fiddler’


Douglas DC-3: 80 Glorious Years


Il-2 Shturmovik: Red Avenger


De Havilland Mosquito: The Original Multirole Combat Aircraft


The Avro Vulcan: A History


The Avro Manchester: The legend Behind the Lancaster


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This new paperback edition of a hugely popular hardback features hundreds of spectacular, previously unpublished photographs - several taken from inside the cockpit - and many illuminating anecdotes that capture the truth behind the Hollywood glamour, The Phantom in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

THE AUTHOR

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.

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

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Tornado F3 in Focus: A Navigator's Eye on Britain's Last Interceptor

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The Tornado F2 had a troubled introduction to service. Unwanted by its crews and procured as a political imperative, it was blighted by failures in the acquisition system. It was adapted from a multi-national design, planned by committee, and developed to counter a threat which disappeared. Modified rapidly before it could be sent to war, the Tornado F3 eventually matured into a capable weapons system, but despite datalinks and new air-to-air weapons, its poor reputation sealed its fate.

David Gledhill, a former Tornado F3 navigator, tells the story from an insider’s perspective of the early days as one of the first instructors on the Operational Conversion Unit, through the aircraft’s development and operational testing, to its demise. He reflects on the aircraft’s capabilities and deficiencies, and analyses why it was mostly under-estimated by opponents. Although many books have already described the Tornado F3 in detail, Gledhill’s involvement in its development provides a unique insight into this complex and misunderstood aircraft programme, dispelling some of the myths that have dogged its reputation for decades. This is Gledhill’s third book, and like the others, it captures the story in pictures taken in the cockpit and around the squadron.

THE AUTHOR

David Gledhill trained as a navigator and flew the Phantom and Tornado F3 on squadrons and as an instructor. He eventually became the Executive Officer on the Tornado Operational Conversion Unit and also commanded No. 1435 Flight in the Falkland Islands. He was responsible for many of the development programmes for the Tornado F3 and much of its operational testing, both in the MoD and at the Air Warfare Centre, throughout the aircraft’s service life. Tornado F3 in Focus: A Navigator’s Eye on Britain’s Last Interceptor is Gledhill’s third book for Fonthill. His first title was the critically acclaimed The Phantom in Focus: A Navigator’s Eye on Britain’s Cold War Warrior, published in 2012 and reprinted twice in hardback and once in paperback. He also wrote Fighters Over the Falklands: Defending the Islanders’ Way of Life published in 2013. David is currently working on Tornado in Pictures: The Multi Role Legend which will be published later this year.

FORMAT
Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Binding: hardback
Pages: 288
Illustrations: 123 b/w and 62 colour photographs

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‘There are no two ways about it, this is an excellent book about the Phantom’
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‘This is essential reading for any Phantom fan’
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Tornado in Pictures: The Multi-Role Legend

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The Panavia Tornado was designed as a multi-role combat aircraft to meet the needs of Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. Since the prototype flew in 1974, nearly 1000 Tornados have been produced in a number of variants serving as a fighter-bomber, a fighter and in the reconnaissance and electronic suppression roles. Deployed operationally in numerous theatres throughout the world, the Tornado has proved to be exceptionally capable and flexible. From its early Cold War roles it adapted to the rigours of expeditionary warfare from The Gulf to Kosovo to Afghanistan. The early "dumb" bombs were replaced by laser-guided weapons and cruise missiles and in the air-to-air arena fitted with the AMRAAM and ASRAAM missiles.

In this book David Gledhill explores the range of capabilities and, having flown the Tornado F2 and F3 Air Defence Variant, offers an insight into life in the cockpit of the Tornado. Lavishly illustrated, Darren Willmin's superb photographs capture the essence of the machine both from the ground and in the air. This unique collection including some of David Gledhill's own air-to-air pictures of the Tornado F2 and F3 will appeal to everyone with an interest in this iconic aircraft.

THE AUTHOR

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.

FORMAT
Dimensions: 235 x 165 mm
Binding: Paperback
Extent: 96 pages
Illustrations: 124 colour photographs

 

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Mustang - Thoroughbred Stallion of the Air

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This book covers the P/F-51 Mustang and each of its many variants and spinoffs including the A-36 Apache, F-6 Photo Mustang, F-82 Twin Mustang and others. It discusses the Mustangs used by all US allies and friends in many foreign air forces. Also, it adds to the story of its creation through the wise choices made by the British government and its Royal Air Force, especially the transition from its original Alison V-12 to the wizard-like Rolls-Royce V- 12 called the Merlin.

The book will be profusely illustrated with high quality mono and colour images, many of which have not been published before, and features beautifully drawn profiles and numerous appendices. It also features numerous first-hand accounts of the Mustang in battle during World War 2, the Korean War and other conflicts. The Mustang was employed by more than 55 nations during its military lifetime and this book is a definitive work on this fabulous war horse.

THE AUTHOR

Steve Pace is a published aviation history writer/historian and a former contributing editor to Wings and Airpower magazines. Pace has been writing on aviation history for more than 33 years and was a former employee of the Boeing Airplane Company who worked on the 707 and 737 production lines at Plant 3 in Renton, Washington, USA.

Steve Pace is now the contributing editor to Flight Journal magazine.

FORMAT
Dimensions: 275 x 210 mm
Binding: 224
Illustrations: 200 (50 colour)

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Tupolev Tu-128 ‘Fiddler’

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This is the first comprehensive account in English of the development and operation of one of Russia’s lesser known post-war jet fighters. Only ever operated over the former Soviet Union’s vast northern territory by an elite group of Soviet Air Force aircrew, it was little known even to most Russian military personnel and the majority of Soviet citizens. Although never flown ‘in anger’, the Tu-128 played a hugely important part in protecting the nation’s Arctic approaches against foreign incursions for almost a quarter of a century. The reader will discover the rationale behind its selection as the principal Soviet air defence fighter of the day in a critical period of the Cold War.

This includes selection and training of aircrew, operation of quick reaction alerts, manual and automated ground controlled intercepts and cooperation with the Soviet Union’s first AWACS, its stable-mate the Tu-126 Moss. With numerous previously unpublished photographs, diagrams and expert text, the Tu-128 Fiddler will prove indispensable to enthusiasts and historians alike.

THE AUTHOR

Alan Dawes is a former staff writer on Air Forces Monthly and Air International , having previously had a long career in the Royal Air Force as an in intelligence analyst, where he was able to develop his Russian translation skills. He has specialised in the study of modern Russian military aviation and written on a wide range of related military and civilian topics, being shortlisted twice for the Royal Aeronautical Society Aerospace Journalist of the Year award. He is married and lives in Cambridgeshire, England.

FORMAT
Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Binding: hardback
Pages: 380
Illustrations: 140 b/w and 30 col.

 

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Douglas DC-3: 80 Glorious Years

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Like the P-51 Mustang and Supermarine Spitfire, the Douglas DC-3 is an iconic aircraft design. It has endured more than any other with several hundred still in use worldwide in locations as far apart as Africa, Antarctica and the US. Many of the current operators use turbine conversions of the DC-3mainly using Basler, SAAF and Dodson International the main proponents.

Just about every major post-war airline began their schedules with the DC-3. Many took advantage of post-war military surplus C-47s that had already written huge volumes of history with their roles with the US Army Air Corps in the Second World War such as the D-Day landings. Many enthusiast organisations still keep DC-3s airworthy and fly them for members. However, the days of DC-3 operations are now nearing an end thanks to spares unavailability, cost and the shortages of Avgas fuel in remote parts of the world.

The Douglas DC-3 is to aviation what the Volkswagen and Ford were to motoring, and what the DC-3 operators started, the 21st century Airbus/Boeing operators continued thanks to the astonishing legacy of this remarkable aircraft.

THE AUTHOR

Geoff Jones is a pilot, writer and photographer who grew up in the 1960s hearing the sounds of Cambrian Airways DC-3s thundering out of his local airport at Cardiff/Rhoose. This affection for the iconic DC-3 has been with him during a half-century of worldwide travel reporting and photographing many aspects of the world’s civil aviation scene. With fourteen civil aviation book titles to his name and thousands of magazine articles, Jones is a respected and well-known author/photographer. Flying a DC-3 in the Caribbean was a career highlight.

FORMAT
Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Binding: hardback
Extent: 208 pages
Illustrations: 198 black-and white and 71 colour photographs

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Il-2 Shturmovik: Red Avenger

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The Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik became the aerial representative of the Soviet response to the German invasion on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. The Il-2 was designed as a low-level close-support aircraft capable of defeating enemy armour and other ground targets. Hardly a fighter, the Il-2 was exclusively engineered to take an enormous amount of punishment and still keep the pilot, rear gunner and critical mechanical components unharmed. In the end, the Il-2 would become the most important aircraft to the Soviet Union in the defence of the homeland against advancing hordes of panzers. At its height, production of the Il-2 hit a peak of 300 aircraft per month and variants boasted potent 23-mm cannon, 200 anti-tank bomblets and 4 x 132-mm rockets.

The Il-2 became a highly respected and highly feared adversary. Soviet air crews dubbed the Il-2 as the ‘Flying Tank’ for its incredible ability to withstand a tremendous amount of damage and still release its payload only to return home intact. Not only did its rear gunners shoot down Luftwaffe aces thanks to its 12.7-mm machine gun, the Il-2 was also used as a fighter and German pilots were amazed to see 20-mm cannon shells bouncing off its armour plates. Crews were also known to weld additional armour to their Il-2s. The Shturmovik proved so effective that many Soviet crews were recipients of the Gold Star of Hero of the Soviet Union. Even today, the Il-2 is regarded as the Russian equivalent of the Spitfire.

By the war’s end, some 36,000 Il-2s were produced and became the symbol of the Eastern Front.

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Jason Nicholas Moore is an avid air historian and modeller and has spent forty years conducting historical research and constructing model aeroplanes. Moore is currently finishing a comprehensive guide on modelling the Il-2 Shturmovik and during the course of this project, he has amassed a vast quantity of reference material on the IL-2, including relics of this aeroplane.

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Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Binding: hardback
Extent: 320 pages
Illustrations: 174 black-and-white and 83 colour photographs

 

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De Havilland Mosquito: The Original Multirole Combat Aircraft

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  • Previously unpublished accounts from the designers, builders and aircrew of the de Havilland Mosquito
  • Many contemporary and previously unpublished photographs
  • Comprehensive details on the conversation of surviving aircraft


De Havilland Mosquito: The Original Multirole Combat Aircraft covers the creation, design and development of this beloved aircraft. Built in Britain, Canada and Australia, the Mosquito saw extensive service in Britain, Europe and Asia throughout the Second World War. It was initially designed as a twin-Rolls-Royce Merlin-powered unarmed bomber (with a two-man crew), but the aircraft’s versatility allowed it to carry out many more functions. The additional roles of the Mosquito included path finding and photo reconnaissance; acting as a night fighter, an intruder, or a fighter bomber; electronic counter measures and naval operations; and high-speed courier missions.

This book is essential for those seeking to study this iconic British aircraft, featuring the experiences of Mosquito designers, construction workers and aircrew. It also contains many original, contemporary and previously unpublished photographs, which cover the aircraft’s service with RAF squadrons and overseas air forces in its many varied roles. For reference, there are detailed appendices describing production, the specifications of each variant, the RAF and RN units equipped with the type, and details of Mosquitos that survive today.

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Philip Birtles started work as an engineering apprentice at the de Havilland Aircraft Company in September 1957. Following the completion of his training, he was appointed as PA to John Cunningham—the famous Second World War night-fighter ace. Philip held a number of marketing positions over the remainder of his career in the aerospace industry, taking early retirement when Hatfield Aerodrome finally closed at the end of 1993. He spent over forty years as a trustee of the de Havilland Aircraft Museum, and he has written over thirty-five books.

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Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Binding: hardback
Extent: 272 pages
Illustrations: 202 black-and-white photographs

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The Avro Vulcan: A History

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The delta-wing design of the subsonic bomber Avro Vulcan was years ahead of its time in terms of design when the Ministry accepted the proposal in 1947. Based on top secret Luftwaffe material after the end of the Second World War, the first prototype flew on 18 May 1951 and it went on to serve in the RAF from 1952 to 1984. During this time it carried Britain’s first nuclear weapon, the gravity bomb, and played an important part in the deterrence policy of the Cold War.

The Avro Vulcan: A History provides a complete history of the design and development of Britain’s iconic and much loved bomber, covering the period from 1947 to 1984, when it was finally withdrawn due to mounting costs. The history takes in trials and development, taking flight, and the Vulcan B.2 and Black Buck attacks in the Falklands War, and provides details of all 136 airframes including completion dates, operational services in unit order, worldwide goodwill and flag-waving missions, making it a valuable record of this graceful and famous bomber aircraft.

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Peter G. Dancey began his career in aviation as a Boy Entrant with the RAF. Dancey is an established and critically acclaimed aviation author with a number of successful titles to his name. Dancey lives in Milton Keynes, England.

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Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Binding: paperback
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 150 b/w and 28 col. photographs

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The Avro Manchester: The legend Behind the Lancaster

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In its earliest, dark days, Bomber Command operated deep into occupied Europe with the underdeveloped Avro Manchester. Powered by the Rolls Royce Vulture, it was the only British aircraft to use this engine operationally. The design was revised and amended several times, with three enlargements of the flying surfaces required to provide an adequate flight envelope. Nevertheless, Manchesters entered service without adequate type-testing, leading to four groundings in the first ten months of use. Aircrews were faced with airframe and engine challenges, and the Manchester continued to evolve as the war was being fought.

Despite this, seven RAF squadrons would eventually use 202 Manchesters (with 538 Vultures) on 1,260 sorties. Manchesters may have contributed to Bomber Command failures (as set out in the Butt Report of August 1941), but they also contributed to its success in denying German capital ships the naval base at Brest. Bomber Command’s persistence with the type was soon shown to be wise, as the Manchester was developed into the famous and war-winning Avro Lancaster.

This second edition of The Avro Manchester: The Legend Behind the Lancaster retains the keen analysis and gripping narrative of the first, but it also fills many gaps, revises key passages, and provides six appendices for references. It is richly illustrated with 200 images, many of which are previously unpublished.

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Robert Kirby forged a successful career in the discipline of oceanography; as a government researcher, he discovered and named a number of new scientific phenomena. Throughout his life he has maintained an interest in aviation, especially in the Second World War, leading to his authorship of a history of the Avro Manchester. Following the publication of the first edition of this book in 1995, his continued studies have led to this new and definitive edition.

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Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Binding: hardback
Pages: 512
Illustrations: 190 black-and-white photographs

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