• History of engineering & technology

      The Jg 26 War Diary

      by Donald L. Caldwell

      Jagdgeschwader 26 was one of only two German units to remain on the Western front for the entire war. Its rise and fall mirrors the history of the German Air Force. This book gives a chronology of the unit's activities, using documentary sources, JG 26 archives and veteran's own stories.;Volume one covers the period from 1939 to 1942 and contains interviews with the veterans of the JG23 unit, Allied records, radio intelligence, national archives of Germany, the UK and USAF Historical Research Agency and post-war research, to provide a daily account of the unit's activities - as only two of the 30 volumes of the unit's official diary survived the war.

    • Biography: general

      The Jg 26 War Diary.

      by Donald L. Caldwell

      This is volume two of a comprehensive history of the German World War II Jagdgeschwader 26 (JG26) unit. Volume two takes the JG26 from the beginning of 1943, when the American 8th Air Force first began to make its presence felt over occupied Europe, until the end of the war. During this period the Luftwaffe, with its JG26, began an inexorable decline, though the men of the JG26 unit continued to score successes over Normandy, Arnhem and the Ardennes. This book contains interviews with these men and provides a daily account of the wing's activities, using Allied records, radio intelligence, and post-war research, as only two of the 30 volumes of the unit's official diary survived the war.;The book is based largely on primary documentation obtained from the unit's veterans and on material from the national archives of Germany and the UK and USAF Historical Research Agency. The volume provides information such as JG26 casualties, Allied victories, JG26 aerial victories and Allied victims.

    • Aircraft: general interest

      Ghosts of Targets Past

      by Philip. Gray

    • Air forces & warfare

      Hurricane R4118

      The Extraordinary Story of the Discovery and Restoration of a Great Battle of Britain Survivor

      by Peter. Vacher

    • General & world history
      May 2012

      Spitfire Mark I P9374

      The Extraordinary Story of Recovery, Restoration and Flight

      by Andy. Saunders

    • True stories of heroism, endurance & survival

      Chasing the Morning Sun

      Flying Solo Round the World in a Homebuilt Aircraft - The Ultimate Adventure

      by Manuel. Queiroz

      Flying Solo Round the World in a Homebuilt Aircraft: the Ultimate Adventure. Ten years ago Manuel Queiroz declared his intention to fly solo round the world. Having just beaten cancer, he was buoyed by the recent brush with mortality and ready to take on a life-changing goal. Five years ago he fulfilled his ultimate dream and 'Chasing the Morning Sun' is the exhilartating story of his record-breaking journey. In February 2006 Manuel circumnavigated the globe in a home-built aeroplane on an adventure that took him 27,056 miles. The journey lasted 39 days, as he made 18 stops in 12 different countries, becoming the only Briton ever to achieve this feat.

    • Aerospace & aviation technology

      The Lightning Boys

      True Tales from Pilots of the English Electric Lightning

      by Richard. Pike

    • Biography & True Stories
      October 2013

      Going Solo on Lake Como

      by Ciara O'Toole

      Sometimes flying by the seat of your pants is the best thing you can do … When Ciara O’Toole and her husband move to Lake Como, Italy, they make plans – to run their own businesses, to learn the language and to immerse themselves in the Italian way of life. But just a few months into the adventure Ciara’s marriage ends and she finds herself alone in a country where she doesn’t speak the language. She is faced with a choice: return to Ireland or stay in Italy and make her new life work. Determined to make a go of it, she throws herself into everything – forging new friendships – whirlwind romances, attempting to eat her own weight in four-cheese pizzas … and learning to fly a seaplane! Her new passion grips her as she works tirelessly towards an all-important milestone: her first solo flight. Told with warmth, humour and disarming honesty, Going Solo on Lake Como is the inspirational story of how one woman finds her wings and takes to the skies. ‘It made me laugh, it made me cry. It is epic in scope but incredibly intimate.’ Jane Maas

    • Aircraft: general interest
      April 1999

      The Practicality of Pulsed Fast Neutron Transmission Spectroscopy for Aviation Security

      by Panel on Assessment of the Practicality of Pulsed Fast Neutron Transmission Spectroscopy for Aviation Security, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, National Research Council

      A major goal of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and now the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), is the development of technologies for detecting explosives and illegal drugs in freight cargo and passenger luggage. One such technology is pulsed fast neutron analysis (PFNA). This technology is based on detection of signature radiation (gamma rays) induced in material scanned by a beam of neutrons. While PFNA may have the potential to meet TSA goals, it has many limitations. Because of these issues, the government asked the National Research Council to evaluate the potential of PFNA for airport use and compare it with current and future x-ray technology. The results of this survey are presented in "Assessment of the Practicality of Pulsed Fast Neutron Analysis for Aviation Security.†A broad range of detection methods and test results are covered in this report. Tests conducted as of October 2000 showed that the PFNA system was unable to meet the stringent federal aviation requirements for explosive detection in air cargo containers. PFNA systems did, however, demonstrate some superior characteristics compared to existing x-ray systems in detecting explosives in cargo containers, though neither system performed entirely satisfactorily. Substantial improvements are needed in the PFNA detection algorithms to allow it to meet aviation detection standards for explosives in cargo and passenger baggage. The PFNA system currently requires a long scan time (an average of 90 minutes per container in the prototype testing in October 2000), needs considerable radiation shielding, is significantly larger than current x-ray systems, and has high implementation costs. These factors are likely to limit installation at airports, even if the detection capability is improved. Nevertheless, because PFNA has the best potential of any known technology for detecting explosives in cargo and luggage, this book discusses how continued research to improve detection capabilities and system design can best be applied for the airport environment.

    • Aircraft: general interest
      November 2003

      Securing the Future of U.S. Air Transportation

      A System in Peril

      by Committee on Aeronautics Research and Technology for Vision 2050, Studies and Information Services, National Research Council

      As recently as the summer of 2001, many travelers were dreading air transportation because of extensive delays associated with undercapacity of the system. That all changed on 9/11, and demand for air transportation has not yet returned to peak levels. Most U.S. airlines continue to struggle for survival, and some have filed for bankruptcy. The situation makes it difficult to argue that strong action is urgently needed to avert a crisis of undercapacity in the air transportation system. This report assesses the visions and goals for U.S. civil aviation and technology goals for the year 2050.

    • Aircraft: general interest
      July 2013

      Assessment of Staffing Needs of Systems Specialists in Aviation

      by Committee on Staffing Needs of Systems Specialists in Aviation; Board on Human-Systems Integration; Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Research Council

      Within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Airway Transportation System Specialists ATSS) maintain and certify the equipment in the National Airspace System (NAS).In fiscal year 2012, Technical Operations had a budget of $1.7B. Thus, Technical Operations includes approximately 19 percent of the total FAA employees and less than 12 percent of the $15.9 billion total FAA budget. Technical Operations comprises ATSS workers at five different types of Air Traffic Control (ATC) facilities: (1) Air Route Traffic Control Centers, also known as En Route Centers, track aircraft once they travel beyond the terminal airspace and reach cruising altitude; they include Service Operations Centers that coordinate work and monitor equipment. (2) Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities control air traffic as aircraft ascend from and descend to airports, generally covering a radius of about 40 miles around the primary airport; a TRACON facility also includes a Service Operations Center. (3) Core Airports, also called Operational Evolution Partnership airports, are the nation's busiest airports. (4) The General National Airspace System (GNAS) includes the facilities located outside the larger airport locations, including rural airports and equipment not based at any airport. (5) Operations Control Centers are the facilities that coordinate maintenance work and monitor equipment for a Service Area in the United States. At each facility, the ATSS execute both tasks that are scheduled and predictable and tasks that are stochastic and unpredictable in. These tasks are common across the five ATSS disciplines: (1) Communications, maintaining the systems that allow air traffic controllers and pilots to be in contact throughout the flight; (2) Surveillance and Radar, maintaining the systems that allow air traffic controllers to see the specific locations of all the aircraft in the airspace they are monitoring; (3) Automation, maintaining the systems that allow air traffic controllers to track each aircraft's current and future position, speed, and altitude; (4) Navigation, maintaining the systems that allow pilots to take off, maintain their course, approach, and land their aircraft; and (5) Environmental, maintaining the power, lighting, and heating/air conditioning systems at the ATC facilities. Because the NAS needs to be available and reliable all the time, each of the different equipment systems includes redundancy so an outage can be fixed without disrupting the NAS. Assessment of Staffing Needs of Systems Specialists in Aviation reviews the available information on: (A) the duties of employees in job series 2101 (Airways Transportation Systems Specialist) in the Technical Operations service unit; (B) the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) union of the AFL-CIO; (C) the present-day staffing models employed by the FAA; (D) any materials already produced by the FAA including a recent gap analysis on staffing requirements; (E) current research on best staffing models for safety; and (F) non-US staffing standards for employees in similar roles.

    • Air forces & warfare

      Bloody Shambles.

      by Christopher F. Shores

    • General & world history

      Dust Clouds in the Middle East

      The Air War for East Africa, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Madagascar, 1940-42

      by Christopher Shores

      Originally appearing as a series of magazine articles, the valuable research into air operations, over the old-style Middle East of World War II, here appears in book form.;It deals with a variety of engagements between Britain and her Commonwealth forces and the Germans, Italians and Vichy French across many borders and differing terrains. It covers from the Italian threat and Ababa, the air battles over Lebanon, the breaking of Vichy air strength and culminates in the occupation of Madagascar in 1942.

    • Autobiography: general

      Test Pilot

      by Neville. Duke

    • Aircraft: general interest
      September 2011


      The history of Britain's most iconic aircraft of World War II, in 250 photographs

      by Nigel Cawthorne

      This engrossing book retells the story of the iconic aircraft of World War I. It goes into the heart of the action, showing what it was like to fly a spitfire in the Battle of Britain, and tells the moving stories of the brave young pilots who flew this all-conquering machine. In addition, the book lists where surviving planes can be seen today so that you see the incredible aircraft for yourself. The fascinating and informed text, written by a leading expert in the field and accompanied by over 250 stunning contemporary and historical photos, make this the ultimate reference for anybody with an interest in military history or aviation. THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SPITFIRE The history of Britain's most iconic aircraft of World War II, in 250 photographs Nigel Cawthorne CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Aircraft: general interest
      September 2011


      The history of Britain's greatest night bomber of World War II, in more than 275 photographs

      by Nigel Cawthorne

      The Lancaster Bomber led the air offensive in the darkest days of World War II. This book describes how the plane was developed to fit into an entirely new role in warfare, and explains how the Lancaster could take the war to the enemy to devastating effect. Also covered is the production of the plane and the modifications made throughout its lifetime. The book shows what it was like to fly a Lancaster over the flak-filled skies of Nazi Germany, and lists where surviving planes can be seen today. This fascinating text is the ultimate reference for anybody with an interest in military history or aviation. THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE LANCASTER BOMBER The history of Britain's greatest night bomber of World War II, in more than 275 photographs Nigel Cawthorne CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      March 2019

      The Javelin

      by Martyn Chorlton

      The RAF’s first and last jet-powered delta-winged fighter, the Javelin was also the very last aircraft to be built by the Gloster Aircraft Company. The twin-engine Javelin was a complex aircraft and development began as early as 1946, the intention being for the aircraft to be a replacement for the Gloster Meteor. Designed to be the first specifically-built, all-weather interceptor, the Javelin experienced a protracted development period and did not enter RAF service until 1956. Progressing through nine operational marks, the Javelin proved to be more than capable of intercepting the Canberra at altitude. To keep pace with increasingly better performing Soviet bombers, the fighters engines were progressively upgrade from 8,000 lb each in the Mk. 1 to 12,300 lbs of thrust in the Mk. 8. The Javelin remained the RAF’s sole all-weather fighter until the arrival of the English Electric Lightning. Operating alongside the Lightning, the Javelin was retired from operational service in 1968 although one machine, now on display at IWM Duxford, remained in service with the A&AEE until 1975.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      November 2018

      The Crusader and Corsair

      by Martyn Chorlton

      The Vought F-8 Crusader was a classic post-war aircraft; loved by its pilots, this big machine was nicknamed ‘The Last of the Gunfighters’ because of its primary armament of four 20 mm Colt cannon. The F-8 entered service with the US Navy in 1957 and remained as one of its front line fighters until 1976, having served with distinction during the Vietnam War. Reconnaissance versions served on until 1987, while it was the French Navy who doggedly held onto their F-8s until the arrival of the Rafale in 2000. The A-7 Corsair II came about as a replacement for another US Navy aircraft, the A-4 Skyhawk, and in an effort to cut down on research and development costs, the new light attack aircraft used the same components as the F-8. Much shorter than its older sibling, the A-7 entered service in 1967 and was immediately pressed into service alongside the F-8 in Vietnam with both the US Navy and, later, the USAF. Retired by the ANG in 1991, the A-7 remained operational until 2014 with the Greek Air Force.

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