Buttler, Tony.


Midland, Hinckley, 1st ed., 2004. 240 pp., numerous cold., + b&w photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 29 x 22cm. Small owner’s name & date to top corner of f.f.e.p., o/w FINE. This book completes a trilogy that covers the design and development of British fighters and bombers from the end of the biplane to 2004. This volume again places the emphasis on unbuilt designs that competed with those that flew and covers aircraft influenced by World War II – projects that were prepared from the mid-1930’s in the knowledge that war was coming, through to some which appeared after the war was over. The latter includes early jets such as the Attacker, Sea Hawk and Venom which all flew post-war but to wartime or just post-war requirements. In between can be found fixed-gun fighters, turret fighters, twin engine cannon fighters, light, medium and heavy bombers, torpedo bombers and flying boats. Making use of much recently declassified material, particular emphasis is placed on the design and development work that took place within the context of various tender design competitions. This is the most complete record yet to be published on unbuilt projects of this period, many of which were lost in time. SCARCE.

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