160 pp., 21x30cm, cartonato
Della Haynes Publishing questi pratici manuali, abbondantemente illustrati a colori e in bianco e nero, che forniscono utili consigli per il restauro, la manutenzione e come portare in volo questi leggendari aerei.
Designed in the 1950s to operate on long-distance routes, the four-jet Vickers VC10 saw service with BOAC and a number of other airlines from the 1960s to 1981. It enjoyed a further career with the RAF as a strategic transport and later as an aerial refuelling aircraft. The last VC10 K3 tanker was retired by the RAF in 2013. Keith Wilson examines the design, construction and use of the VC10, using as his centrepiece ex-RAF VC10 C1K (XR808) and VC10 K3 (ZA147) tankers at Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire.
168 pp., 21x30cm
The Fairey Barracuda was the first monoplane torpedo bomber operated by the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm. The Barracuda experienced a difficult birth and development during the Second World War, and this, added to a number of fatal crashes, led to a poor reputation which the aircraft would never truly shake. Despite this, the Barracuda proved highly successful in service, carrying out raids against the Tirpitz, and against Japanese forces in the East Indies that contributed greatly to the war effort. It also undertook a variety of less well known roles, and remained in Fleet Air Arm service into the 1950s. This new book by naval aviation historian Matthew Willis contains an extensive history and technical description of the Barracuda, drawing from a wide range of archive materials and accounts from the men who flew and operated the aircraft in service, together with over 100 photographs, many never before published. Scale plans and colour profiles also included.
Since October 2007 enthusiasts across the United Kingdom have basked in the raw power and agility of Avro Vulcan XH558... but all knew that its time back in the air was limited. Since then millions have thrilled at the sight and the sound of the incredible mighty delta and rallied to the call to help keep it flying. This year is XH558’s swansong, as it is finally retired and begins a new life as the focus of a heritage and educational centre.
As a tribute to the most challenging and complex return-to-flight project ever, FlyPast magazine presents a unique 84-page souvenir devoted to a much-loved icon: Vulcan XH558. Created with the assistance of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, with breath-taking photography and amazing archive images, the story of the world’s only civilian operated V-Bomber is revealed.
· XH558 was first Vulcan B.2 delivered to the RAF in July 1960; its career as ‘Cold War’ warrior then display favourite through to its service retirement is charted.
· The vision of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust and how the team overcame the awesome problems of finance, paperwork and engineering so that the Vulcan could fly as a civilian.
· Eight glorious seasons of airshow operation and the incredible ‘Vulcan Effect’.
· The Vulcan’s place in world and aviation history and the man who first flew the prototype.
· Vulcan units, markings and weaponry.
· What the future holds for XH558 ‑ the Spirit of Great Britain.
Britain's Last Jet Airliner The last jet airliner to be purely built in Britain, the remarkable BAE 146 has a special place in the hearts of many aviation enthusiasts. A total of 390 of the charismatic regional airliner were constructed, earning their keep hauling passengers on numerous routes around the world, plus the 146 saw service with the Queen's Flight, with the RAF and its most recent role as a water bomber in the USA.
Although Britain's last airliner is now nearing the end of its career, readers can relive its heyday in Key Publishing's new 116-page special perfect bound tribute to the type. Written by renowned commercial aviation journalist Stephen Skinner, BAE 146 charts the type's development, civil career, military service and gives an overview of the current fleet.
This is quality souvenir issue for any interested in civil aviation.