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            Topgun
             

            Topgun (Paperback)

            By Pedersen, Dan

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            Top Gun became a household name with the worldwide success of the film of the same title. The 1986 blockbuster starring Tom Cruise as a hotshot U.S. Navy fighter pilot was so popular (drawing $356 million worldwide) that recruiters set up desks in theaters that were showing it, l...ooking to attract the next generation of combat aviators. The movie did for Navy pilots what The Right Stuff did for astronauts. With the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the real TOPGUN-as the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons program was known-approaching in 2019, and with Jerry Bruckheimer's sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, set to shoot next year, this is the time to publish the real story of the actual risk takers, disruptors, and innovators who revolutionized the art of aerial combat and created the center for excellence and incubator of leadership that thrives to this day. Here is the inside story of TOPGUN, told by the man who was picked to lead it at the start, from war to peace and back to war again, on and off the flight line, and through all six of our decades. Though Pedersen was a part of it at the beginning, some other great pilots carried on our work and he is eager to pay them tribute and make the book a celebration of our whole community. It's a great story, full of interesting characters and exciting history that American should know.
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            ISBN 9781405943826
            Released NZ 2 Jun 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Battle of Britain: The pilots and planes that made history

            Battle of Britain: The pilots and planes that made history (Hardback)

            By Pearson, Simon; Gorman, Ed

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            An original, 360-degree re-telling of the Battle of Britain through 18 of the iconic (and some less well-known) aircraft and the pilots who flew them - British, Polish, New Zealander, German, Danish.

            ISBN 9781529378061
            Released NZ 11 Aug 2020
            Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            To Defeat the Few: The Luftwaffe's campaign to destroy RAF Fighter Command, August-September 1940
             

            To Defeat the Few: The Luftwaffe's campaign to destroy RAF Fighter Command, August-September 1940 (Hardback)

            By Dildy, Douglas C.; Crickmore, Paul F.

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            The Battle of Britain has acquired near-legendary status as one of the most iconic events of the 20th century. This new history, based on an exhaustive study of German records, explores the battle through the eyes of the Luftwaffe. Over the past 77 years, histories of the Battle ...of Britain have consistently portrayed the feats of The Few (as they were immortalized in Churchill's famous speech) as being responsible for the RAF's victory in the epic battle. However, this is only part of the story. The results of an air campaign cannot be measured in terms of territory captured, cities occupied, or armies defeated, routed, or annihilated. Successful air campaigns are those that achieve their intended aims or stated objectives. Victory in the Battle of Britain was determined by whether the Luftwaffe achieved its objectives. The Luftwaffe, of course, did not, and this detailed and rigorous study explains why. Analyzing the battle in its entirety in the context of what it was--history's first independent offensive counter-air campaign against the world's first integrated air defense system--Douglas Dildy and Paul Crickmore set out to re-examine this remarkable conflict. Presenting the events of the Battle of Britain in the context of the Luftwaffe's campaign and RAF Fighter Command's battles against it, this title is a new and innovative history of the battle that kept alive the Allies' chances of defeating Nazi Germany.
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            ISBN 9781472839183
            Released NZ 1 Sep 2020
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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            The Korean Kid: A Young Australian Pilot's Baptism of Fire in the Jet Fighter Age

            The Korean Kid: A Young Australian Pilot's Baptism of Fire in the Jet Fighter Age (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Nicholls, Rochelle

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            A vicious civil conflict erupted on the Korean peninsula in 1950 and sucked 24 nations into a new round of fighting. The world's two atomic superpowers - the United States and the Soviet Union - menaced each other across an arbitrary border as Korea became the proving ground for ...a new Cold War. The odds faced by Australia's young pilots were one in three, that they'd not come back. Or perhaps they'd just never be found, crash in flames into a foreign mountain and become nothing but names in a faraway cemetery. Most had no combat experience. Their planes were obsolete. Their orders were to dive upon a well-armed enemy with their bellies exposed, where one bullet to a fuel-tank meant an inescapable fireball. The Korean Kid is the story of Jim Kichenside and the Australian pilots who took to the skies in the 'forgotten war' on the Korean peninsula. Within a week of the North Korean invasion of the South on June 25, 1950, No.77 Fighter Squadron RAAF were in the air: the first United Nations air unit committed to the defence of the overrun South. Of the 340 Australians who perished in Korea, 41 were from 77 Squadron. In 1952, Jim Kichenside was the youngest pilot in 77 Squadron, at just 21 years of age. He entered the Korean theatre with just 8 hours of training on his Meteor jet. Dubbed 'The Korean Kid', Jim's is a story of youth and resilience, of luck and loss, of young men thrust into a war against impossible odds - the first war of the jet age.
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            ISBN 9781922387042
            Published NZ 8 Jul 2020
            Publisher BIG SKY PUBLISHING
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            Churchill's Few: The Battle of Britain
             

            Churchill's Few: The Battle of Britain (Hardback)

            By Willis, John

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            The most famous turning point of World War II.

            ISBN 9781912914050
            Released NZ 2 Jul 2020
            Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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            Dresden: The Fire and the Darkness
             

            Dresden: The Fire and the Darkness (Paperback)

            By McKay, Sinclair

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            In February 1945 the Allies obliterated Dresden, the 'Florence of the Elbe'. Explosive bombs weighing over 1,000 lbs fell every seven and a half seconds and an estimated 25,000 people were killed. Was Dresden a legitimate military target or was the bombing a last act of atavistic... mass murder in a war already won? From the history of the city to the attack itself, conveyed in a minute-by-minute account from the first of the flares to the flames reaching almost a mile high - the wind so searingly hot that the lungs of those in its path were instantly scorched - through the eerie period of reconstruction, bestselling author Sinclair McKay creates a vast canvas and brings it alive with touching human detail. Along the way we encounter, among many others across the city, a Jewish woman who thought the English bombs had been sent from heaven, novelist Kurt Vonnegut who wrote that the smouldering landscape was like walking on the surface of the moon, and 15-year-old Winfried Bielss, who, having spent the evening ushering refugees, wanted to get home to his stamp collection. He was not to know that there was not enough time. Impeccably researched and deeply moving, McKay uses never-before-seen sources to relate the untold stories of civilians and vividly conveys the texture of contemporary life. Dresden is invoked as a byword for the illimitable cruelties of war, but with the distance of time, it is now possible to approach this subject with a much clearer gaze, and with a keener interest in the sorts of lives that ordinary people lived and lost, or tried to rebuild. Writing with warmth and colour about morality in war, the instinct for survival, the gravity of mass destruction and the manipulation of memory, this is a master historian at work. 'Churchill said that if bombing cities was justified, it was always repugnant. Sinclair McKay has written a shrewd, humane and balanced account of this most controversial target of the Anglo-American strategic bombing campaign, the f
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            ISBN 9780241986011
            Released NZ 3 Sep 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Harrier 809: Britain's Legendary Jump Jet and the Untold Story of the Falklands War

            Harrier 809: Britain's Legendary Jump Jet and the Untold Story of the Falklands War (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By White, Rowland

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            From the mind of the engineering genius who designed the iconic Hurricane, Typhoon and Tempest planes, the Harrier jump jet was to be a crucial element of the RAF's fleet for over four decades.

            ISBN 9781787631595
            Released NZ 16 Jun 2020
            Publisher Transworld Publishers
            Interest Age 19+ years
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            Lancaster: The Forging of a Very British Legend

            Lancaster: The Forging of a Very British Legend (Hardback)

            By Nichol, John

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            The story of the legendary Lancaster bomber and its brave pilots

            ISBN 9781471180460
            Released NZ 8 Jul 2020
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Ltd
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            Lancaster: The Forging of a Very British Legend

            Lancaster: The Forging of a Very British Legend (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Export / Airside)

            By Nichol, John

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            The story of the legendary Lancaster bomber and its brave pilots

            ISBN 9781471180477
            Released NZ 8 Jul 2020
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Ltd
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            British Imperial Air Power: The Royal Air Forces and the Defense of Australia and New Zealand Between the World Wars
               

            British Imperial Air Power: The Royal Air Forces and the Defense of Australia and New Zealand Between the World Wars (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Spencer, Alex M.; Foreword by Hallion, Richard

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            Examines the air defense of Australia and New Zealand during the interwar period. The book also demonstrates the difficulty of applying new military aviation technology to the defense of the global Empire and provides insight into the nature of the political relationship between ...the Pacific Dominions and Britain.
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            ISBN 9781557539403
            Released NZ 30 Jul 2020
            Publisher Misc - South Pacific Books
            Interest Age General Audience
            Series Purdue Studies in Aeronautics and Astronautics
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