Buttler, Tony.


Midland, Hinckley, 1st ed., 2003. 224 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 second in a trilogy on British Secret Projects, chronicles the design and development of the British bomber since the end of World War II. Following extensive research in which the author made use of previously unpublished primary source material, much of it then recently declassified, particular emphasis is placed on the design and development work that took place within the context of various tender design competitions. Many little-known projects are included that help to illustrate the way British Bomber development changed against a backdrop of rapid technological advancement (supersonic flight, nuclear weapons, VTOL, variable geometry), political upheaval and shrinking defence expenditure. The story, which starts with Britain’s quest for a jet-powered ‘Mosquito Replacement’, concludes with reference to the next great leap forward planned in 2003 : FOAS, an unnamed bomber flown by ‘pilots’ on the ground. Appendices list all the post-war British bomber projects and specifications. There is also an Index and a colour section that includes specially commissioned renditions of ‘might-have-been’ projects in contemporary colour schemes, plus 162 black & white photos and 170 line drawings. SCARCE.

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