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The Air Staff and the Helicopter
« on: November 15, 2016, 07:49:48 pm »
Blue Envoy Press present their next title, The Air Staff and the Helicopter.

The helicopter’s appearance at the end of the Second World War presented Britain’s armed forces with a quandary – what should it be used for and who should operate it? Initially seen as a replacement for the light liaison aircraft in army co-operation and artillery observation roles, as their load carrying capabilities improved the helicopter was viewed as a logistics aircraft that could support the British Army in the field.

The RAF was ultimately given control of that aspect of the helicopter and this is the subject of The Air Staff and the Helicopter.

From the Air Horse of 1947 and the plans for a ‘Hover Force’ and ‘flying three tonner’, the RAF’s equipment ranged from the  Belvedere, Wessex and Puma in the Sixties and Seventies to the advent of the Chinook in the Eighties and Merlin in the Noughties. The Air Staff and the Helicopter examines the numerous projects and design studies and outlines how that army support role became key to British operations around the world.

The Air Staff and the Helicopter draws on archive material and, using new artwork and photos, shows how the RAF’s transport helicopters evolved to meet the challenges it faced around the world.

Projects covered include the Fairey Rotodyne, Blackburn's SP.60 Helicrane and B.118 lifting platform, Bristol Siddeley's 'Flying pigs'. the saga of AST.404 and the short-lived Merlin.

'Ivan doesn't hunt!' - If you love the smell of napalm in the morning, you'll enjoy the 'Household Air Cav', who would have loved the smell of stirrup cup in the morning and probably lugged their hunters around in the back of their Air Horses. An interesting diversion into the use of helicopters for air assault in the early 1950s.

Chris
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Re: The Air Staff and the Helicopter
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2016, 10:49:32 pm »
The fabulous painting on the rear cover of a Westminster is enough to get me excited!

When will it be available?

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Re: The Air Staff and the Helicopter
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2016, 01:21:26 am »
Surely some mistake - a Chris Gibson book on helicopters? I'm in, anyway!

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Re: The Air Staff and the Helicopter
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2016, 03:02:29 am »
I foresee a new addition to my book collection in the near future...

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Re: The Air Staff and the Helicopter
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2016, 12:20:30 pm »
Well, when people are offering me a grand a copy, it would be rude to decline.

Artwork is by Luciano Alviano, who also did the cover for Hawker P.1103.

The single rotor job is a Fairey ultra Light.

I'm hoping to have it available in early 2017. Depends on the day job.

Chris

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Re: The Air Staff and the Helicopter
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2016, 04:54:10 am »
Chris
Looks a really good edition to the series.
I know they were not helicopters, but will the "Flying Jeep" Project Prodigal stuff get a mention?
Also, looking forward to finding out more about the Westland Wessex replacement machine.
When can I order?

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Re: The Air Staff and the Helicopter
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2017, 10:52:24 pm »
I'm looking forward to this book, the cover is amazing.

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Re: The Air Staff and the Helicopter
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2017, 01:48:12 am »
The Air Staff and the Helicopter is ready to print.

Copies should be available in mid-May (the day job is getting in the way).

It'll be £11.95 plus P+P and as ever, probably quicker to get it from me. I'll post details once I have it in my hands.

Meantime some low res pages.

Chris


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Re: The Air Staff and the Helicopter
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2017, 04:46:32 am »
Looking' good! That's jumped to the top of my want list.

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Re: The Air Staff and the Helicopter
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2017, 05:08:29 am »
FILTH?
Failed In London Try Hongkong?

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Re: The Air Staff and the Helicopter
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2017, 06:23:52 am »
Indeed. Artistic licence on my part.

Chris

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Re: The Air Staff and the Helicopter
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2017, 06:29:02 am »
Good afternoon my ever so dearest valued customers and readers, I do hope you are having a wonderful day.

The Air Staff and the Helicopter will be available from Wednesday the 10th of May.

Price is £11.95 and here are the postage rates

UK Postage and Packing = £1.80 (total is £13.75)
Europe = £5.20 (total is £17.15)
ROW = £7.50 (total is £19.45)

As ever, if I can get the postage cheaper, I'll refund the difference.

Paypal payments to the usual address (blue.envoy.services@googlemail.com)

Hope you like it

Chris

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Re: The Air Staff and the Helicopter
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2017, 05:24:02 am »
My dear treasured customers and readers.

I have them! No cat in the pic this time, they're in gaol, but could attach a .wav file of the groaning springs.

I will be posting out the first orders this afternoon.

Thanks for the prompt orders

Any orders received before 1000hrs on 11th May 2017 i.e. tomorrow, will be posted out tomorrow. After that you'll need to wait until my missus can get to the post office.

Chris

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Re: The Air Staff and the Helicopter
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2017, 02:45:28 pm »
Mr. Gibson, could you please inform us whether -- and through what means of ordering -- this title will be available for shipment to the USA? On Amazon.com "Currently Unavailable" is the typical result for this title now; Ebay doesn't even seem to list it.

Personally I am most impressed by your Hikoki hardbound series, several individual books of which I already have. I am trying to expand to purchasing your Project Tech Profiles from Blue Envoy as well but consistently find these much more difficult to locate and order.

I'm pleased that you have contributed to the literature a volume on UK rotary-wing projects. This subject matter has been the major info gap in the British Secret Projects series and indeed not properly addressed since Derek Wood in Project Cancelled.

Do you yourself have a website facilitating direct, from-the-author ordering? Or should one go to Blue Envoy's website? I remember exploring that but wasn't sure whether BE could ship across the Pond. Many thanks for any help that you can provide.

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Re: The Air Staff and the Helicopter
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2017, 03:08:25 am »
Basically its your choice from

1) Direct from Chris by sending him an appropriate money via Paypal to blue.envoy.services@googlemail.com. He's pretty good with this stuff. If you just want the one book the price is listed above. Why not take the opportunity to buy other titles and combine shipping? Email Chris at blue.envoy.services@googlemail.com with what you are after. I hear the Hawker P.1121 book is great  ;D
 
2) From various UK specialist booksellers, once Chris has sent them some copies.

Amazon won't allow Blue Envoy books to be listed without some onerous requirements, so they won't at present be available that way.


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