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            World War II US Gunships: YB-40 Flying Fortress and XB-41 Liberator Bomber Escorts
             

            World War II US Gunships: YB-40 Flying Fortress and XB-41 Liberator Bomber Escorts (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Wolf, Dr William; Illustrated by Tooby, Adam

            • RRP: $45.50
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            • Internationally sourced

            The XB-40 and XB-41 were secret, little-known experimental modifications of the B-17F and B-24D, respectively, into heavily-armed bomber gunships variously referred to as convoy protector airplanes, bomber escorters, or destroyer escort planes. These aircraft were developed durin...g the early war in response to the lack of a USAAF long-range fighter aircraft able to escort and protect beleaguered regular B-17 formations from the UK round trip deep into Germany. Unfortunately, these protecters were found to be unable to protect large formations as expected. During their development each encountered numerous delays in the development and delivery of their various armament additions and improvements, particularly the Bendix chin turret. Being modifications of the bomber, they were to protect; after the addition of guns and ammunition they became overweight and also markedly tail-heavy causing center of gravity problems. The result of these alterations was a protector that did not have the performance of the bombers they were to protect. After releasing their bombs, a standard B-17F formation returning from a mission easily outpaced their overloaded escort protectors that carried no bombs. The YB-40 participated in only 14 lackluster operational service test missions during mid-1943 before being withdrawn from service. The XB-41 Liberator was a one-of-a-kind bomber escort which had similar problems as the XB-40 but never saw operational testing before also being cancelled for its poor comparative performance to standard bombers. The failure of the gunship concept left a huge hole in the capabilities of the Eighth Air Force. Without an escort that could safeguard the bomber formations all the way to the heart of Germany, the bombers would suffer unsustainable losses flying the daytime raids that the USAAF insisted on. Their failure, however, spurred the adoption of the Merlin-powered P-51 Mustang, the outstanding escort fighter that was key to Allied victory in the air war
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            ISBN 9781472844699
            Released NZ 30 Mar 2021
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
            Interest Age General Audience
            Series X-Planes
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            Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-14 working days
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            From Phantom to Warthog: Memoirs of a Cold War Fighter Pilot

            From Phantom to Warthog: Memoirs of a Cold War Fighter Pilot (Hardback)

            By Ladd, Steven K.

            • RRP: $79.99
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            Absorbing analysis of fighter pilots, their culture and ethos presented by a long-standing member of the fraternity. During his career, the author amassed over 4,400 hours' flying time, equally split between the F-4 Phantom and the A-10 Warthog.

            ISBN 9781526761248
            Released NZ 14 Sep 2020
            Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
            Interest Age General Audience
            Availability
            1 In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays
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            The Men Who Gave Us Wings: Britain and the Aeroplane, 1796-1914

            The Men Who Gave Us Wings: Britain and the Aeroplane, 1796-1914 (Paperback)

            By Reese, Peter

            • RRP: $49.99
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            Highly illustrated account of the British pioneers of manned flight. Vivid descriptions of the exploits of Edwardian airmen like Samuel Cody and A.V. Roe.

            ISBN 9781526781956
            Released NZ 1 Sep 2020
            Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
            Interest Age General Audience
            Availability
            6 In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays
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            Beyond the Sky: the passions and pioneering life of Millicent Bryant, aviator

            Beyond the Sky: the passions and pioneering life of Millicent Bryant, aviator (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Vicars, James

            • RRP: $40.00
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            In Australia in the mid 1920s, flight was still new, dangerous and glamorous - and aviators were all men. That was until a petite and quietly-spoken 49 year-old mother of three, Millicent Bryant, took her first flight, igniting a passion that led her to become the first woman in ...the Commonwealth outside Britain to gain a pilot's licence. While newspapers all over Australia began following her progress in the 'race', few outside her family knew the determination and depth of personality that took her into other areas considered unusual for a woman at that time, such as business and politics. And were it not for an ironic stroke of fate, her name may have become as familiar as other pioneers of the air such as Smithy, Hinkler or Nancy Bird Walton. Working from Millicent's own rediscovered letters and writings as well as newspapers and other historical sources, this innovative biographical work reveals a pioneer of the sky and beyond. On one hand it tells, for the first time, of a flyer who was also a businesswoman, small-scale property developer, golfer, student of Japanese at Sydney University and early motorist who had driven over 35,000 miles around New South Wales up to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko - and who could fix her own car to boot. On the other, it seeks to illuminate the inner story of a highly individual, modern woman whose life encompassed not only hidden romance, heartbreak and tragedy but also a spirit of change in the social, political and marital conventions of 20th century Australia.
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            ISBN 9781925556520
            Published NZ 3 Nov 2020
            Publisher Melbourne Books
            Interest Age General Audience
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            The Daily Telegraph Airmen's Obituaries Book Three

            The Daily Telegraph Airmen's Obituaries Book Three (Hardback)

            Edited by Pitchfork, Graham; Foreword by Johns, Sir Richard

            • RRP: $55.00
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            Twelve years since The Daily Telegraph Airmen's Obituaries Book Two was published, Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork has compiled eighty-five obituaries of outstanding aviators. With a focus on personnel from a range of air forces, including the RAF, USAF, RCAF, RNZAF and SAAF, ther...e are a number of fascinating and distinguishable lives to read about.
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            ISBN 9781911621928
            Released NZ 1 Jul 2020
            Publisher Grub Street
            Interest Age General Audience
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            4 In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
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            Fundamentals of Aerodynamics

            Fundamentals of Aerodynamics (Paperback, 6th edition)

            By Anderson, John

            • RRP: $170.00
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            Also new with this edition, are Integrated Work Challenges that pertain to the chapter as a whole, and give the reader the opportunity to integrate the material in that chapter in order to solve a bigger picture .Now available with the sixth edition of Fundamentals of Aerodynamic...s, Connect.
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            ISBN 9781259251344
            Released NZ 1 Mar 2021
            Publisher McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
            Interest Age 19+ years
            Series College Ie Overruns
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            6 In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays
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            Cold War Delta Prototypes: The Fairey Deltas, Convair Century-series, and Avro 707
             

            Cold War Delta Prototypes: The Fairey Deltas, Convair Century-series, and Avro 707 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Buttler, Tony; Illustrated by Tooby, Adam

            • RRP: $34.99
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            This is the fascinating history of how the radical delta-wing became the design of choice for early British and American high-performance jets, and of the role legendary aircraft like the Fairey Delta series played in its development.

            ISBN 9781472843333
            Released NZ 2 Feb 2021
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
            Interest Age General Audience
            Series X-Planes
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            Reprinting locally, In Stock Internationally
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            Aviation Safety and Security: Utilizing Technology to Prevent Aircraft Fatality
             

            Aviation Safety and Security: Utilizing Technology to Prevent Aircraft Fatality (Hardback)

            By Wright, Stephen J.

            • RRP: $212.00
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            The book focuses on ways to better manage and prevent aircraft-based homicide events while in-flight using alternate technology to replace the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and/or Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) functions. While these events are infrequent, the implementation ...of real-time predictive maintenance would allow aircraft operators to better manage both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance events. The book explores historical events of in-flight homicide and includes relevant accident case study excerpts (i.e. NTSB, AAIB).
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            ISBN 9780367275198
            Released NZ 4 Jun 2021
            Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
            Interest Age 19+ years
            Availability
            Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
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            The Art of NASA: The Illustrations That Sold the Missions

            The Art of NASA: The Illustrations That Sold the Missions (Hardback)

            By Bizony, Piers

            • RRP: $89.99
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            In The Art of NASA, ultra-rare artworks illustrate a unique history of NASA hardware and missions from 1958 to today, giving readers an unprecedented look at how spacecraft, equipment, and missions evolved-and how they might have evolved.

            ISBN 9780760368077
            Released NZ 20 Oct 2020
            Publisher Motorbooks International
            Interest Age General Audience
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            174 In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
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            How to Land a Plane

            How to Land a Plane (Hardback)

            By Vanhoenacker, Mark

            • RRP: $24.99
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            Reissue of the bestselling 2017 title.

            ISBN 9781529410525
            Released NZ 10 Nov 2020
            Publisher Quercus Publishing Plc
            Interest Age General Audience
            Series Little Ways to Live a Big Life
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            110 In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays
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