Hikoki, Aldershot, 1st ed., 1998. 320 pp., numerous photo-ills. D.j., 30 x 21cm. FINE. This is the story of the highly classified work of the AAEE (Aeroplane Armament Experimental Establishment) at Boscombe Down and the intense, ever-expanding business of testing aircraft and their varied armaments in World War II. Every one of over 1,500 British, American, and German aircraft of the RAF, Fleet Air Arm, Army - and the Luftwaffe – which were tested at Boscombe Down are covered in this book. Aircraft as diverse as the Aerovan, Barracuda, Pitcairn PA39, and Nomad were put through their paces together with, amongst others the Skymaster, Vengeance, Lightning, Hudson, and Welkin plus the more well-known Wellington, Mosquito, Halifax, Ju88, Fw190, and Spitfire. Using much new material and some 500 photographs, many previously secret and unpublished, unusual variants of standard service aircraft types, as well as machines which remained purely experimental, and the trials with their guns, bombs, rockets, and equipment are described in detail. Performance tables, details of production, and rogue aircraft tests form a comprehensive reference.