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Uk Airfields Of The Cold War

Author : Philip Birtles
ISBN : 1857803469
Genre : History
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This book provides a new study of Cold War airfields for all who study airfield history and archaeology.

Hawker S Secret Cold War Airfield

Author : Christopher Budgen
ISBN : 9781526771780
Genre : History
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In 1948, Hawker Aircraft, faced with new jet projects that could not use their existing airfield at Langley, began the process of searching for alternative accommodation for their flight-testing requirements. It would, however, take three hard years before Dunsfold Aerodrome would be made available by a reluctant Air Ministry and the company was able to launch its first jet aircraft design – the Sea Hawk – into series production for the Royal Navy, closely followed by the superlative Hunter. Hawker Aircraft would go on to produce nearly 2,000 Hunters before other projects came to the fore. As Hunter production continued in the late 1950s, the company looked to its successor – the Mach 2 capable air superiority fighter designated P.1121, though this would stall before flight in the wake of serious national financial shortfalls. With the loss of its premier project, the company came upon a radical new engine proposal and schemed an aircraft around it capable of vertical take-off and landing. While many decried the proposal, claiming it would never amount to anything, the Harrier would go on to prove the nay-sayers wrong as it came into its own during the Falklands War. Following the Harrier, Hawker Siddeley stepped into the competitive trainer aircraft market with the Hawk for the RAF. After completion of the RAF requirement, Hawk was sold into air arms across the world, including the US Navy, an incredible achievement for a UK design. British Aerospace then brought forth the Harrier GR.5, the UK version of the US AV-8B, a completely upgraded and improved Harrier. One might expect that this prolific output was the result of some massive industrial plant in the Midlands rather than an isolated aerodrome tucked in the rural hinterland of south Surrey. Surrounded for most of its existence by secrecy, due to the nature of its work, Dunsfold has largely escaped the notice of the general public. This work shines a light on the remarkable work carried out there.

Oxfordshire Record Society

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ISBN : CHI:099555181
Genre : Oxfordshire (England)
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Valiant Units Of The Cold War

Author : Andrew Brookes
ISBN : 9781849087544
Genre : History
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The RAF's first Cold War strategic bomber, the Vickers Valiant, was procured as an insurance measure in case either the Vulcan or Victor was found to have a serious flaw. The Valiant was the equivalent of the US B-47 Stratojet, and it blazed the trail for the British airborne nuclear deterrent as the aircraft enjoyed a far more active service career than later V-bombers. It was the launch platform for all British free fall nuclear weapons tests both in the Pacific and in central Australia, it took part in the Suez campaign in 1956 and it was the only V-bomber to drop (conventional) weapons in anger until the Falklands operation in 1982. The Valiant was modified to serve in the electronic warfare, strategic reconnaissance and airborne tanker role, but it had to be grounded in early 1965 when the aircraft succumbed to metal fatigue.

Aviation News

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105132662870
Genre : Aeronautics
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Uk Airfields Past And Present

Author : Grant Peerless
Genre : History
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A great many books have been written over the years about individual airfields or those in particular counties/areas but this one covers a good proportion of them in one publication, from Abbots Bromley to Zeals. It provides brief details of over 1700 airfields from before the First World War to the present day and describes the main activities carried out, based units/operators and current status. It includes military bases, civil airports/airfields, gliding sites, microlight sites and larger farm strips, together with the probable number of based aircraft. An appendix lists over 500 books which have been published about individual airfields and this, together with the details provided in this book affords a convenient source of reference for further research. It does not pretend to include every flying site that ever existed as this would require a much larger volume but covers what are considered to be the most significant airfields of the past 110 years. It includes over one hundred photographs in colour and black & white, most of which have not been published previously.

British Imperial Strategy And The Origins Of The Cold War 1944 49

Author : John Kent
ISBN : UOM:39015033092332
Genre : History
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Air Pictorial

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105112744375
Genre : Aeronautics
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ISBN : STANFORD:36105013610881
Genre : Celtic languages
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Spy Flights Of The Cold War

Author : Paul Lashmar
ISBN : UOM:39015040635800
Genre : Aerial observation (Military science)
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The author reveals the secret spyplane war which took place in the skies over Soviet Russia during the Cold War.

Military Airfields Of Britain

Author : Ken Delve
ISBN : 1861267282
Genre : History
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This series of books provides a fresh user-friendly look at the military airfields of the British Isles. The series is split geographically, each book including a number of counties on a regional basis. Entries cover every military airfield within the counties, from WW1 to the present day and comprise: Brief history of the airfield, construction and use including decoy sites; Comprehensive list of flying units with dates and aircraft types; List of HQ units based at the airfield; Details of memorials; Maps and plans of almost every airfield; Location details; and a selection of period photographs. The first volume is dominated by the airfields built for the US 8th Army Air Force during WW2. These concrete airstrips played a vital part in the war effort. Today, most of the airfields lie abandoned, but some, like Marham, survive having been important Cold War bases.

The Prime Minister

Author : Peter Hennessy
ISBN : UOM:39015050704876
Genre : Cabinet system
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In this study, Peter Hennessy explores the formal powers of the Prime Minister and how each incumbant has made the job his or her own. Drawing on access to many of the leading figures, as well as the key civil servants and journalists of each period, Hennessy has built up a picture of the hidden nexus of influence and patronage surrounding the office.

Encyclopedia Of Cold War Espionage Spies And Secret Operations

Author : R. C. S. Trahair
ISBN : 0313319553
Genre : History
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Presents alphabetical entries on international espionage during the Cold War, including such topics as agents, assassins, defectors, spymasters, covert operations, hoaxes, cypher experts, and victims.

Suffolk S Defended Shore

Author : Cain Hegarty
ISBN : STANFORD:36105133552674
Genre : Political Science
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This book illustrates the history and development of military defenses on the Suffolk coast using data collected during an English Heritage national survey. This involved the examination of both modern and historic aerial photographs in order to create a map of archaeological remains on the country's coast. The results of the survey were dominated by evidence for the military defense of the coast, reflecting the importance of the Suffolk coast in national defense strategies over many years. The book highlights the particular importance of historic aerial photographers, which provide a different, and often unique, perspective on the coastal defenses constructed in World War II. Photographs taken during and immediately after this war sometimes provide the only visual record of the rapidly evolving defenses from this period.

Post Cold War Conversion In Europe

Author : Jussi Jauhiainen
ISBN : STANFORD:36105112859330
Genre : Defense industries
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Raf West Malling The Raf S First Night Fighter Airfield Wwii To The Cold War

Author : Anthony J. Moor
ISBN : 1526753235
Genre : History
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This is the story of West Malling airfield, from its earliest days through its role in the Second World War - when several dramatic and tragic events occurred - and beyond into the Cold War. Opened as a private landing ground after the First World War, the airfield at West Malling, then known as Kings Hill, became home to the Maidstone School of Flying in 1930. It was then renamed West Malling Airfield, and, in 1932, Maidstone Airport. The airfield's RAF role came to the fore in June 1940, by when the station had been fitted with a concrete runway. The first aircraft arrived on 8 June 1940. As the UK's first designated night fighter base, over the years that followed RAF West Malling was home to many famous pilots, men such as John Cunningham, Peter Townsend, Bob Braham and even Guy Gibson, later of Dambusters fame. During the summer of 1944, Mosquitoes, Spitfires and Mustang Mk.3s successfully destroyed many V-1s, as well as played their part in the D-Day landings. Following the war, units such as Nos. 25 and 85 squadrons were equipped with Meteor NF fighters and de Havilland Vampires and Venoms, continuing West Malling's strategic night fighter role into the Cold War. No.500 (Kent's Own) Squadron also adopted RAF West Malling as its home in this period. A US Navy Facility Flight was also based at the airfield in the 1960s. After closure as an operational air station in 1969, West Malling re-acquired its civilian guise, hosting a Gliding School, Short Brothers and several major Great Warbirds Air Displays during the 1970s and 1980s, until eventually closing completely as an airfield, for re-development. Anthony J. Moor's exhaustively researched and highly-illustrated book is the first to tell the full story of the part West Malling played in the defence of the United Kingdom, and how it served the RAF for twenty-eight action-packed years.


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ISBN : IND:30000117320576
Genre : Aeronautics
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The Essential Guide To Collectibles

Author : Alistair McAlpine
ISBN : UCSD:31822031379944
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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Featuring seven hundred entries on more than 170 subjects, this comprehensive guide to collectables on both sides of the Atlantic combs the museums and private collections of Europe and the U.S. for stunning images.

The United States And The Cold War In The High North

Author : Rolf Tamnes
ISBN : UOM:39015021994861
Genre : Political Science
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The author looks at the relationship between the United States and Norway from the Second World War through to the 1980s in a book that is solidly based on research in American, British and Norwegian archives, as well as interviews with many policymakers. In particular, Tamnes pays attention to Norway's somewhat ambivalent position of encouraging on the one hand an American commitment to the country's defence, while on the other maintaining a policy of allowing no foreign military bases or nuclear weapons on Norwegian soil.

Air Power History

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105021183517
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