Soviet Aircraft Industry


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


Fading Eagle: Politics and Decline of Britain’s Post-War Air Force


Britain’s Cold War Bombers


The Avro Vulcan: A History


My Target Was Leningrad - V Force: Preserving our Democracy


Fighters Over the Falklands: Defending the Islanders’ Way of Life


Northern ‘Q’ - The History of Royal Air Force, Leuchars


Britain’s Cold War Fighters


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Soviet Aircraft Industry

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Soviet aircraft industry was an essential part of the USSR’s campaign for global dominance in the twentieth century. Thanks to the thick fog of secrecy that enveloped it throughout the Cold War, it has long inspired the fascination of analysts and enthusiasts in the West; until the collapse of the USSR in 1991, details of Soviet aircraft were often a matter of conjecture. This book aims to uncover fully the mystery surrounding this topic.

Drawing on original and previously unpublished information obtained directly from the former USSR, Soviet Aircraft Industry examines the unique characteristics of Soviet-designed aircraft—particularly military types, which were the cause of great concern to the West. Further, by virtue of the industry’s central role throughout Soviet history, this book provides a rare and important perspective into the broader theme of Russia’s great communist experiment.

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

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Dimensions: 234 x 156
Binding: hardback
Extent: 288 pages
Illustrations: 64 black-and-white photographs

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

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Author: DAVID GLEDHILL

Have you ever wondered what it was like to fly the Phantom? This is not a potted history of an aeroplane, nor is it Hollywood glamour as captured in Top Gun. This is the story of life on the frontline during the Cold War told in the words of a navigator who flew the iconic jet. Unique pictures, many captured from the cockpit, show the Phantom in its true environment and show why for many years the Phantom was the envy of NATO. It also tells the inside story of some of the problems which plagued the Phantom in its early days, how the aircraft developed, or was neglected, and reveals events which shaped the aircraft’s history and contributed to its demise.

Anecdotes capture the deep affection felt by the crews who were fortunate enough to cross paths with the Phantom during their flying careers. The nicknames the aircraft earned were not complimentary and included the ‘Rhino’, ‘The Spook’, ‘Double Ugly’, the ‘Flying Brick’ and the ‘Lead Sled’. Whichever way you looked at it, you could love or hate the Phantom, but you could never ignore it for its sheer power and lethal payload.

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Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm

Binding: hardback

Pages: 256

Illustrations: 140 b/w and 98 col.

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Fading Eagle: Politics and Decline of Britain’s Post-War Air Force

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Fading Eagle – Politics and Decline of Britain’s Post-War Air Force looks at the rise and fall of British air power from a more critical than usual angle, in particular the impact of political ineptitude. The Royal Air Force, following a troubled start as a result of resentful contention by the other services, rose to prominence during the Second World War countering imminent invasion and striking at Hitler’s army and industrial complex before the Normandy landings. Air power also proved a vital factor in support of both land and sea operations.

Post-war, the RAF continued its newfound prominence among the armed forces, again as the principal defender of the United Kingdom from likely Soviet air attack and as the principal means of delivering the nuclear deterrent, countering the submarine threat and providing rapid comprehensive air support across the globe. Despite this, the change in political aspirations and priorities led to decisions and policies which resulted in unintended and unnecessary weakening of the RAF and other services.

When the Cold War ended in 1991, many western nations, Britain not least among them, were determined that modern warfare as understood was at an end, air power quickly became sidelined despite being relied upon extensively since. In an era of high demand on the armed forces in tandem with less and incompetently managed funding, there have been calls for the RAF to be disbanded, as had been so during the early years of its existence.

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Ian Smith Watson was born in 1960 and served in the RAF from 1977 to 1990 as an Air Defence Radar Operator. He also worked in Saudi Arabia from 1991 to 1993 on contract to the RSAF under the GENA programme and received the FAA Flight Despatch Licence in 1993. His first book was The Royal Air Force At Home.

FORMAT
Dimensions: 238 x 172 mm
Binding: hardback
Pages: 288
Illustrations: 60 b/w photographs

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Britain’s Cold War Bombers

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Britain’s Cold War Bombers explores the creation and development of the jet bomber, tracing the emergence of the first jet designs (the Valiant and Vulcan) through to the first-generation jets which entered service with the R.A.F. and Fleet Air Arm. Each aircraft type will be examined, looking at how the design was created and how this translated into an operational aircraft.

The basic development and service history of each type will be examined, with a narrative which links the linear appearance of each new design, leading to the present day and the latest generation of Typhoon aircraft.

Other aircraft types explored will include the Canberra, Sperrin, Victor, Scimitar, Buccaneer, Nimrod, Phantom, Sea Harrier, Jaguar, Tornado GR1/4 and Typhoon.

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Tim McLelland is an experienced and recognised author specialising in military aerospace subjects. He is also the writer of numerous well-known titles and contributor to many leading aerospace magazines.

McLelland has flown in a wide range of military aircraft such as the Tornado, Harrier and Lightning, and has also taken part in four Red Arrows display routines. McLelland is a Vulcan specialist and has many contacts connected with the aircraft type including crew and designers.


FORMAT
Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Binding: hardback
Pages: 336
Illustrations: 200 b/w and 50 col. 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.

THE AUTHOR

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.

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

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My Target Was Leningrad - V Force: Preserving our Democracy

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On 6 August and 8 August 1945, the world changed forever with the release of two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. In January 1947, the United States informed the British Government that they would not provide technical data for the production of nuclear weapons. It was therefore decided that Britain would produce its own bombs. In July 1944, the first operational jet aircraft, the Meteor, entered service in the RAF and the Government decided to develop jet-powered aircraft capable of dropping nuclear weapons, resulting in the development of the ‘V’ bombers: Valiant, Vulcan and Victor.

As a result of the deteriorating relationship with Russia, the United States, as part of NATO, worked with the UK and co-operated in nuclear operational planning with US bomber aircraft based in the UK. Later, as a result of the development of nuclear power, submarines were fitted with nuclear weapons which resulted in the deterrent role passing from the RAF to the Royal Navy. However, the Cold War provided a unique role and responsibility for the RAF.

My Target was Leningrad – V Force: Preserving our Democracy is unique in that it is a human story, not just a list of technical facts and bomber data. With many previously unpublished photographs from the author’s private collection, this is the chilling story of what really happened and how close the world came to World War III and a nuclear apocalypse. Unlike other military historians, author Philip Goodall not only flew the mighty V bombers in action, but was also tasked to drop the bomb on Leningrad.

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Philip Goodall entered the RAF in 1953 and was posted for jet training on the Meteor and Canberra. In 1954, he was posted to the Middle East to fly the Valiant where he was engaged with Egyptian activities on the Suez Canal. Goodall joined No. 90 Squadron and was a member of the only V Force crew to be awarded the Malayan General Service medal. In 1959, he was awarded the ‘Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air’ and became Flight Commander on No. 7 Valiant Squadron. In 1967, he commanded No. 27 Squadron with the Vulcan at Scampton with one squadron fitted with the Blue Steel on constant alert. In 1972, Goodall was posted to the Headquarters of Strike Command with responsibility for producing the RAF Nuclear War plans.

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Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: hardback
Pages: 208
Illustrations: 112 black-and-white and 32 colour photographs

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Fighters Over the Falklands: Defending the Islanders’ Way of Life

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Fighters Over the Falklands: Defending the Islanders’ Way of Life captures daily life using pictures taken during the author’s tours of duty in the Falkland Islands. From the first detachments of Phantoms and Rapiers operating from a rapidly upgraded RAF Stanley airfield and RAF Mount Pleasant, see life from the author’s perspective as Commander of the Tornado F3 Flight. Frontline fighter crews provided Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) during day to day flying operations working with the Royal Navy, Army and other air force units to defend a remote and sometimes forgotten theatre of operations. The book also examines how the islanders interacted with the forces based at Mount Pleasant and contrast high technology military operations with the lives of the original inhabitants, namely the wildlife.

Fighters Over the Falklands: Defending the Islanders’ Way of Life is unique in that the author flew in the legendary Phantom and Tornado in the frontline and captured beautiful and amazing unpublished photographs that will appeal to historians, military specialists and modellers alike.

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David Gledhill is an aviation enthusiast and aviator. Already holding a private pilot’s license at the age of seventeen, he was commissioned in the RAF in 1974, and after training as an air navigator, converted to the F4 Phantom in the air defense role. After tours in the UK and Germany, he went on to be a radar tactics instructor on the Operational Conversion Unit. After transferring to the new Tornado F2 as one of the first instructors, he eventually became the Executive Officer on the OCU. His flying career finished in the Falkland Islands where he commanded No. 1435 Flight flying the Tornado F3. Gledhill’s first book for Fonthill Media was the critically acclaimed The Phantom in Focus: A Navigator’s Eye on Britain’s Cold War Warrior.

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Northern ‘Q’ - The History of Royal Air Force, Leuchars

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Northern ‘Q’: The History of Royal Air Force, Leuchars takes its title from the long standing primary role of RAF Leuchars. This book is a definitive and comprehensive history of this airbase, one of the oldest remaining active airfields in the UK. Leuchars began its existence as an aerodrome as far back as 1909, then in the hands of Royal Engineers operating hot air balloons. Much of the post-Second World War era was spent variously in the hands of the RFC, RNAS and RAF, mostly as an elementary flying training station. Following the outbreak of war in 1939, the station was identified as an ideal location to launch maritime operations under Coastal Command. By the end of the war, Leuchars, like so many other airfields, was under threat of redundancy through being found surplus to requirements.

The station’s role changed as the Cold War began in earnest. Given its location, the base was on the frontline of UK Air Defence for the duration of the Soviet threat and remains active as one of only two UK Air Defence Fighter stations in the RAF Order of Battle.This developing international situation placed Leuchars once again in an ideal and vital position. The post-war air defence threat to the UK was resurgent, but this time from the north rather than south. From 1950, this airbase has been on permanent guard with every type of operational interceptor in RAF service. Now facing closure purely as a result of SDSR cuts and political compromise, Leuchars also has the unique distinction of being the last RAF station to officially stage a Battle of Britain at Home Air Display each September.

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Ian Smith Watson was born in 1960 and served in the RAF from 1977 to 1990 as an Air Defence Radar Operator. He also worked in Saudi Arabia from 1991 to 1993 on contract to the RSAF under the GENA programme and received the FAA Flight Despatch Licence in 1993. His first book for Fonthill Media was Fading Eagle: Politics and Decline of Britain’s Post-War Air Force.

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Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: hardback
Pages: 208
Illustrations: 80 b/w photographs

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Britain’s Cold War Fighters

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Britain’s Cold War Fighters explores the creation and development of the jet fighter, tracing the emergence of the first jet designs (the Meteor and Vampire) through to the first-generation jets which entered service with the RAF and Fleet Air Arm. Each aircraft type will be examined, looking at how the design was created and how this translated into an operational aircraft. The basic development and service history of each type will be examined, with a narrative that links the linear appearance of each new design, leading to the present day and the latest generation of Typhoon aircraft. Other aircraft types explored will include Hunter, Lightning, Phantom, Javelin and Tornado F2/3.

A beautiful and comprehensive study of the UK’s design and manufacture of its fighter programme from the end of the Second World War to present, Britain’s Cold War Fighters is of much importance to aviation and military historians, modellers as well as those interested in the growing popularity of the Cold War. Highly illustrated with many unpublished photos, interviews and eyewitness accounts, this an ideal companion piece to Fonthill Media’s Britain’s Cold War Bombers and is the subject of a BBC documentary currently in commission.

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Tim McLelland is an experienced and recognised author specialising in military aerospace subjects. He is also the writer of numerous well-known titles and contributor to many leading aerospace magazines. McLelland has flown in a wide range of military aircraft such as the Tornado, Harrier and Lightning, and has also taken part in four Red Arrows display routines. McLelland is a Vulcan specialist and has many contacts connected with the aircraft type including crew and designers. His previous book for Fonthill Media was the critically acclaimed Britain’s Cold War Bombers.

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248 x 172 mm • hardback • 368 pages • 193 black and white and 66 colour photographs and illustrations

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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.

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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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