Pereira, Wilf.


Foulis / Haynes, Sparkford, 1st ed., 1990. 192 pp., numerous photo-ills., + some cold., photo & other plates. D.j., 25 x 21cm. FINE. At the time of publication RAF Lyneham was one of the RAF's busiest and largest air stations, dedicated to providing a 365-day-a-year transport facility based on the sixty-one Lockheed C130 Hercules aircraft stationed there. Sustaining this formidable task required four flight squadrons, an operational conversion unit, an air movements squadron and substantial administration, engineering and social support, the total exceeding 3,500 full-term personnel. This book scrutinizes RAF Lyneham and explains how the 14,000 annual flight operations are carried out and how a myriad of subordinate, but nevertheless equally complex, operations are integrated successfully to achieve the primary goal. Every aspect of the day-to-day running is examined. The human side of the story so far is not forgotten whilst two typical routine flights are described in the introductory and final chapters.

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