Buttler, Tony.


Midland, Leicester, 1st ed., 2000. 176 pp., numerous cold., + b&w photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 29 x 22cm. Small owner's initials & date to top corner of f.f.e.p., o/w FINE. This book, the first in a trilogy on British Secret Projects, describes development work undertaken since 1950. Following extensive research in which the author made use of previously unpublished primary source material, much of it then recently declassified, particular emphasis is placed on the tender design competitions and the many diverse factors which influenced the decisions at the Air Ministry to reject many projects and yet allow others to be built and flown. The book includes appendices that list all the British fighter projects and specifications for this period. There is also an Index and a colour section that includes a number of specially commissioned renditions of 'might-have-been' types in contemporary markings, plus 130 black & white photographs and 140 general arrangement 3-view drawings.

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