Leuchars was one of the oldest airfields in the UK, its links with military aviation go back to 1911. Following the outbreak of war in 1939 the station was identified as an ideal location to launch maritime operations under Coastal Command. From 1950-2015 Leuchars was on permanent guard with every type of operational interceptor in RAF service.
In the early 20th century the future of air travel seemed to lie with the giant airships of Count von Zeppelin. Zeppelins were used during the First World War and afterwards the 'Graf Zeppelin' and 'Hindenburg' were the height of elegance. The 'Hindenburg' disaster of 1937 proved to be the end of the giant airship as a commercial enterprise.
Stories of RAF Fighter Pilots in the Second World War
Into the Swarm tells the sobering and heroic stories of RAF fighter pilots in the most ferocious air battles of the war. Gripping and detailed stories of aerial combat are accompanied by unpublished photographs and letters which add to the rich content provided by the authors whose passion for the subject is apparent within each chapter.
This is a flying adventure book set within the framework of the Cold War and told through the lens of the RAF Pilot's Flying Log Book. Philip Keeble's logbooks cover ten different types of aircraft: from learning to fly in a Chipmunk trainer in 1965, right through to flying the Tornado F3 Fighter in 1994. These true tales are told as anecdotal ......
A remarkable true story of an RAF fighter pilot and his incredible adventures. Nothing perhaps was more astonishing than his survival after hitting a duck at 500 mph and his subsequent fight back to become not only pilot in command once again, but to fly Heads of State and The Queen. A miracle that he is still alive, but amazingly he still flies.
Many books about airfields have been written but this one covers most of them in one volume. It describes 1700 airfields and provides details of the activities carried out, based units and current status of military bases, civil airfields and farm strips. Over one hundred photographs are included, most of which have not been published previously.
Airplanes take off and they land, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. What makes this tale so dramatic is conflict, difficulties, accidents and even failure. Of the pod of 4 Curtiss-Navy designed and built flying boats only the NC-4, after many mechanical malfunctions, was the only plane of the 4 to complete its mission.
The process to deliver a modern combat aircraft from concept to introduction to service is often measured in decades. Described as a weapon system, modern designs such as the Eurofighter Typhoon are intricate jigsaws with a fusion of new techniques and sometimes unproven, emerging technologies. By the time the new weapons system reaches the front ......