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Sir James Martin of Martin Baker

Postby johnhowe » Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:36 pm

James Martin The authorised biography of the Martin Baker ejection seat pioneer by Sarah Sharman Forword by HRH The Duke Of Edinburgh.

First published in 1996, it tells in graphic detail the trials and tribulations that, Martin Baker had to put up with seeing friends killed in aircraft

crashes, only spurred him onto make what is now regarded as the worlds best ejector system.

At the end of the book in (Appendix Three) there details of over 40 Live Test Ejections( Appendix Four) Emergency Ejections causes. its an amazing list

but due to copyright I can't describe them here. There are 44 pages listing every pilot that has been saved by the Ejector Seat.

There are a number of familiar names of Warton Test Pilots I shall only mention one.

Paul Hopkins Ejected from Tornado F3 due to FOD near to Blackpool Airport 28th, September 1996 + his Navigator Al Reynolds

isbn 1 85260 551 0 Published Patrick Stephens Limited is an imprint of Haynes Publishing Sparkford near Yeovil Somerset
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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby Skywatcher » Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:53 am

Hi all
Yesterday I was in Cirencester and went into WHSmiths .Along with the latest Combat Aircraft Mag ,I found a special edition book called Top Gun ,US Air Force ,Navy and Marine Corps AGGRESSORS by Andy Evans with Gary Hatcher.
In light of the recent disbandment of the 65 AGRS I thought it was highly appropriate to get it.I must say it is a fantastic read with lots of info and history about the various aggressor squadrons and has some rare pictures of the aircraft:A4,F18,F15,16,F5 ,T38 ,F21 and F14 are all featured .Also has some lovely side on aircraft profiles .
Highly recommend this book.
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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby ARK14 » Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:27 pm

I enjoyed the Ira Jones books

King of the Air Fighters about Mannock Tiger Squadron and Above the trenches .

Stuka pilot ..Hans Rudel
Hannah Reitsch autobiography good as well .
Samurai by and about Saburō Sakai also good .
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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby ARK14 » Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:30 pm

Offenberg biography also good.
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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby roughcutter » Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:23 pm

Skywatcher wrote:Highly recommend this book.
All the very best as always
Max


I'll second that, recently picked up a copy myself from WHS. Cracking book :thumb:
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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby Gary » Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:19 am

For anyone with a Kindle, one of today's deals via Amazon is

Most Dangerous Enemy: A History of the Battle of Britain [Kindle Edition] by Stephen Bungay

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Most-Dangerous- ... TSMDHTX7D7

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'...a serious work of scholarship which sheds new light on what has become over the years a battle (or series of battles) distorted by myth and inaccuracies...n o serious bookshelf should be without a copy.' -- Imprint, the journal of the Invicta Military Vehicle Preservation Society

'Bungay's book adds yet another interpretation to this most famous of British ba ttles and should not be missed. The crisis facing Britain in 1940 and the way i t was overcome, should also help to put our present crisis firmly back in perspe ctive.' -- The Glasgow Herald

'He dispels the myths and kills the clichis, but concludes that the Battle of Br itain was one of humanity's finest hours...an admirable book' -- The Sunday Times

'This is the most exhaustive and detailed account of the Battle of Britain that has yet appeared. The author has read prodigiously and produced some interestin g observations on the basis of original research...it puts between two covers th e gist of all there is to know and, one may suspect, remains discoverable about the Battle of Britain...this is an important achievement...for anyone coming new to the subject, this book is made to measure.' -- Times Literary Supplement

The book 'breaks new ground...claims and theories are backed up by fact so that his conclusions become logical and profound, even if some are at variance to pre vious thinking...it is one of the best books I have read on the subject, is extr emely well written and should be on the shelves of every aircraft enthusiast's l ibrary.' -- The Journal of the Spitfire Society

Times Literary Supplement
'This is the most exhaustive and detailed account of the Battle of Britain that has yet appeared. The author has read prodigiously and produced some interestin g observations on the basis of original research...it puts between two covers th e gist of all there is to know and, one may suspect, remains discoverable about the Battle of Britain...this is an important achievement...for anyone coming new to the subject, this book is made to measure.'
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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby NAM Updater » Sun Nov 02, 2014 8:06 pm

I’ve just started to read RAF Winthorpe – The Story of an Airfield 1939 – 1959 – I acknowledge that I might be slightly biased, but I’m quite impressed! :thumb:
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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby Avtur » Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:09 pm

Not long finished "Jaguar Boys" Author Ian Hall. Excellent read with a diverse set of perspectives of this wonderful aircraft.

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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby powerslave » Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:22 pm

Has anyone had a look at the new book on the Lightning by Ian Black.
Its a ltd edition run of 2000 for around £40.
Was thinking of getting it but there is quite a few books by Ian Black on the Lightnings and did'nt want to spend that money to see the same photos in it.

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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby Tom.Joyce » Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:46 pm

Just had "Beale Air Force Base During the Cold War (Images of America)" by James B. Quest delivered - picked it up on Amazon from the used section for a bit of a bargain.

Excellent photographic history and back ground of the Base from 1951 to 1994. It covers the initial building of the base and the deployment of KC135's, B52's, SR71's and the U2.
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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby stickshaker » Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:59 am

Spitfire Girl by Jackie Moggridge.

ISBN: 978-1781859896 (Also on Kindle: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spitfire-Girl-M ... B00KFDQVU0 )

Previously called Woman Pilot and long out of print but now available very cheaply on Kindle under a revised name. The autobiography of one of the most prolific ATA pilots during the war including her battle to get a licence, a job with the ATA and employment after the war as a female pilot. Some insights into the basic nature of flying training and a bygone age, epic ferry flights and hair-raising incidents ending up with ferrying Spitfires to the far east. Jackie was, incidentally, the pilot who flew Carolyn Grace's Spitfire aircraft on its delivery flight.
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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby NAM Updater » Sat Jan 10, 2015 11:32 am

Avro Lancaster – In Military Service 1945-1965 is a new book that’s just come into stock at NAM and is of some interest as it features photographs from the NAM Archive, more details in here. :thumb:
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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby TankBuster » Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:33 pm

Hi all,

I am thinking of buying the following book, but just wondered if any of you have read it and could perhaps advise if it is a good read?

"The Complete Illustrated History of The Blackbird, The Worlds Highest, Fastest Plane". By Richard H. Graham.


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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby miffy1969 » Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:58 pm

Hi,
Wondered if you know where I can find a copy of European Military aviation scenes part 2 the seventies book by Willem helfferich,got others but this is out of print, cheers Paul.
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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby garyscott » Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:17 am

Some fantastic titles to be found here, and all free. Download as a PDF and read at your leisure. Navigate via the selection category, and choose.

http://aupress.maxwell.af.mil/books.asp?CAT=Air%20Warfare

Some of my favorites:-

On a Steel Horse I Ride, A History of the MH-53 Pave Low Helicopters in War and Peace.
- Download link - http://aupress.maxwell.af.mil/digital/pdf/book/b_0128_whitcomb_steel_horse.pdf

A-10s over Kosovo: The Victory of Airpower over a Fielded Army as Told by Airmen Who Fought in Operation Allied Force.
- Download link - http://aupress.maxwell.af.mil/digital/pdf/book/b_0090_haave_haun_a10s_over_kosovo.pdf

Airpower in Afghanistan 2005–10. The Air Commanders’ Perspectives.
- Download link - http://aupress.maxwell.af.mil/digital/pdf/book/b_0135_henriksen_commanders_perspectives.pdf

Many more titles for a lot of reading.
Enjoy. :)
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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby brewc » Fri May 22, 2015 2:13 pm

I purchased a copy of Mr Blacks new book - I'm a big fan of his work and this is a great example in a lovely format that really does the shots justice. Not many words baut as they say a picture...... Some of the photos are familiar but I just can't get enough of those luscious lightnings.

powerslave wrote:Has anyone had a look at the new book on the Lightning by Ian Black.
Its a ltd edition run of 2000 for around £40.
Was thinking of getting it but there is quite a few books by Ian Black on the Lightnings and did'nt want to spend that money to see the same photos in it.

Ian
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James Salter

Postby Grahame W » Fri Jun 26, 2015 2:44 pm

I was very saddened to learn of the recent death of James Salter. I would recommend anyone who hasn't read any of his work to do so. His classic is The Hunters, based on his experiences flying F-86s in Korea, possibly the best novel ever written about flying. He followed it up with Arm of Flesh, which was later re-issued as Cassada, about a US fighter group in Germany - not as brilliant as The Hunters, but still worth reading. His memoir Burning the Days has sections about his time in the USAF, and a collection of his writings about flying has been published under the title Gods of Tin. The quality of his writing sometimes takes your breath away. Incidentally, a fascinating interview with him was broadcast in the BBC World series "Witness" which is available on iPlayer.

A great pilot, but an even greater writer. RIP James.
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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby Mark43 » Sun Jul 19, 2015 2:06 pm

Can anybody recommend a book with modern fighter types and transports (maybe helicopters also ) in it that give basic info on aircraft role ,weapons carried ,range etc etc but without it getting to deep and technical. Its for a lady friend who has an interest. Maybe more pictures than writing :)
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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby markranger » Mon Aug 03, 2015 2:35 pm

Read this on Holiday

The scream of Eagles ,the beginning of Top Gun Fighter school

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scream-Eagles-R ... 1908059001

Great read, Changed the Kill Ratio of the Navy Phantom in Vietnam from 2-1 to 12-1.

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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby TankBuster » Fri Aug 14, 2015 7:44 pm

I've just finished reading 'A Higher Call'. I couldn't put the book down, it is certainly one of the best aviation books I've ever read :thumbs:.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Higher-Call-Inc ... igher+call

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