Best of the Web: More aviation books for the summer

In addition to the list we came up with last Sunday, here are a few more aviation books focused on military aviation or history which you might want to add to your summer reading list:

Battle FlightBattle Flight – RAF Air Defence Projects and Weapons since 1945. Military aviation buffs interested in air defense and weapons, should check out Specialty Press’s Battle Flight – RAF Air Defence Projects and Weapons since 1945. The book examines Britain’s air defense infrastructure, including development of radar, guided weapons and airborne early warning systems, following World War II. The 176 page book includes 200 black and white as well as color photos and illustrations.

 

Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat. Steve, the blogger behind A mile of runway will take you anywhere, has a book review of Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat, which he called an “awesome, compelling read.” The book covers the entire career of its author, Lt. Col. Hampton, who flew F-16s in the US Air Force for 20 years and saw combat in both Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was also a member of the Wild Weasels and it was his job to fly in first, attract the enemy’s attention, avoid getting shot down and destroy their air defense systems.

 

Fear No Evil: The Stories of the Mighty Eighth. The Aero Experience blog has a book review of Fear No Evil: The Stories of the Mighty Eighth. Written by Charles D. Hamlin, a B-17 ball turret gunner who flew 35 missions over Germany after enlisting in 1942 at the age of 15, the book “takes you into the heart of Germany on bombing missions with the Eighth Air Force’s 385th Bomb Group out of Great Ashfield, England.”  The book review noted that the author lays it on the line on the first page of the Foreword by writing: “The crews managed to complete only 27% of their assigned missions before being killed, wounded, taken prisoner or suffering some kind of breakdown.”

Under the Radar. When James Hamilton-Paterson was just ten years old, he witnessed first hand the 1952 Farnborough Air Show which he recalled in his 2010 book, Empire of the Clouds: When Britain’s Aircraft Ruled the World. The Financial Times has a review of his latest novel, Under the Radar, which opens mid-air in the cockpit of a delta-winged British Vulcan jet in 1961. The reviewer also writes that the novel “vividly conjures life in early 1960s Britain.”

Aircraft: The Definitive Visual History. Finally, aircraft history buff would be well advised to buy Aircraft: The Definitive Visual History. The 300+ page book contains more than 800 color pictures and is divided into 10 chapters with each chapter, except the first, diving into aviation history by decade.

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