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Ever since Icarus, man has dreamed of conquering the air in flight. Despite the visions of Leonardo Da Vinci, and the balloon experiements of the Montgolfier brothers it was only in the 20th century that this dream at last became concrete reality. Within a decade of the Wright brothers taking to the air at Kittyhawk, aircraft were being used as weapons in the First World War. The Naval and Military Press boasts a full and complete library of man's conquest of the skies from the flimsy canvas and glue stringbags that were the first aircraft, to the sophisticated, computer-driven superplanes of the 21st century. Here is the complete history of the balloon, the fighter, the bomber, the jet and unmanned drones, as well as the story of space travel. If air is your thing, then we have just the book for you!
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PATHFINDER CRANSWICK
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PATHFINDER CRANSWICK
Product Code: 22724

The comprehensive account of a pilot renowned throughout Bomber Command, the hero who flew the most bombing operations of the WW2.

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PEDRO
The Life and Death of Fighter Ace Osgood Villiers Hanbury, DSO DFC and Bar
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PEDRO The Life and Death of Fighter Ace Osgood Villiers Hanbury, DSO DFC and Bar
Product Code: 22129

Known as Pedro to his comrades and Tiggy to his family, Osgood Villiers Hanbury was a charismatic Eton schoolboy who, before his untimely death aged 25, became acting squadron leader of 260 Squadron in the Middle East and was awarded the DFC and bar for his bravery. This title tells his life story.

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ARMY WINGS
A History of Army Air Observation Flying
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ARMY WINGS A History of Army Air Observation Flying
Product Code: 22194

Army personnel who took to the skies to spot and report back on enemy positions were born in the Great War and came into their own in the Second World War. Until now they have been unsung heroes - but this fine book redresses the balance and tells their whole remarkable story.

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DRAGON RAMPANT
The Story of No. 234 Fighter Squadron
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DRAGON RAMPANT The Story of No. 234 Fighter Squadron
Product Code: 22452

A well researched Squadron history covering W.W.I, W.W.2. and the Cold War period.

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FORCE BENEDICT
Churchill’s Secret Mission to Save Stalin
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FORCE BENEDICT Churchill’s Secret Mission to Save Stalin
Product Code: 24228

A remarkable book about a little known collaborative endeavour during the Second World War between Great Britain and the Soviet Union in which the former nation dispatched a wing of Hurricane fighters to assist the Soviets in defending the key northern port of Murmansk against a possible seizure ...

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From Barbarossa to Odessa: The Luftwaffe and Axis Allies Strike South-East: June-October 1941 Vol 2:  The Air Battle for Odessa - June-October 1941
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From Barbarossa to Odessa: The Luftwaffe and Axis Allies Strike South-East: June-October 1941 Vol 2: The Air Battle for Odessa - June-October 1941
Product Code: 22348

This second of two volumes on the early air war following Operation Barbarossa, describes the campaign from August-October 1941 as Axis forces prepared to capture Odessa, the Soviet navy's main Black sea port.

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GOLDFISH CATERPILLARS & GUINEA PIGS
Accounts of Pilots and Air Crews from World War II
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GOLDFISH CATERPILLARS & GUINEA PIGS Accounts of Pilots and Air Crews from World War II
Product Code: 23109

During World War 2, survival was by no means a certainty with casualties a part of everyday life. The evolution of non-established clubs was recognized as an area that boosted moral. This book tells of stories on being a ‘Goldfish' (Lives saved by preservers and dinghies), ‘Caterpillar' (Lives sa...

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HORNCHURCH OFFENSIVE
A Definitive Account of the RAF Fighter Airfield, its Pilots, Groundcrew and Staff, 1941 - 1962
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HORNCHURCH OFFENSIVE A Definitive Account of the RAF Fighter Airfield, its Pilots, Groundcrew and Staff, 1941 - 1962
Product Code: 22037

A fascinating study of an airfield and its units at the forefront of the air battle for Europe. Through 1941 to the end of the war, action was continuous with famous characters like Harry Broadhurst, Paddy Finucane, Wilfred Duncan-Smith and Max Bygraves joining the myriad of nationalities based t...

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KESSELRING: THE MAKING OF THE LUFTWAFFE
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KESSELRING: THE MAKING OF THE LUFTWAFFE
Product Code: 23303

Albert Kesselring was a gifted but ruthless Nazi commander - as able on land ( he commanded the dogged German defence of northern Italy ) as he was in the air. This account concentrates on ‘smiling Albert's' vital earlier role in building the Luftwaffe into a war-winning weapon.

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Mission Accomplished: 
The Engaging Memoir of a Czech Fighter Pilot Flying for Britain in World War Two
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Mission Accomplished: The Engaging Memoir of a Czech Fighter Pilot Flying for Britain in World War Two
Product Code: 22987

Personal story of a young man who resolves to fight for his country's (Czechoslovakia) freedom from the 'Nazi Boot' - as Frank Mares describes it. It is because it is based on Frank's diaries, kept at the time, that his descriptions and feelings are so vivid. The story is not written from a faded...

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