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Message from Chris:

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Just a quick note to thank everyone who bought the VC10 book and to let you know what’s in the pipeline for Project Tech Profiles. Following on from Mike Pryce’s P.1216 book comes “The Admiralty and AEW” from Blue Envoy Press. This  Project Tech Profile covers the Royal Navy’s many attempts to fill the airborne early warning role on its carriers from 1945 until 2010. As ever, much of the content is new and based on new research in the various BAE Systems archives around the country plus The National Archives at Kew.
 
The format is similar to the VC10 book, the usual general arrangement drawings and artwork by Adrian Mann. If those who bought the VC10 book have any comments on what could be added or improved in future, I’d be interested in hearing them. For example, more photos, bigger drawings or fewer appendices.
 
I’m hoping to have it available by the end of the year, but meantime, I have appended a summary of its content and a draft cover image

Thanks and regards

Chris Gibson
Blue Envoy Press.

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The Admiralty and AEW: Royal Navy Airborne Early Warning Projects

Continuing the Project Tech Profile series, “The Admiralty and AEW: Royal Navy Airborne Early Warning Projects” examines the development of this essential role from the Vickers Wellington of 1941 up to BAE Systems’ 2005 Boeing V-22 Osprey and Sidetrack proposals for the forthcoming Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.

Concentrating on unbuilt design studies aimed at meeting AEW requirement on the Royal Navy’s carriers, “The Admiralty and AEW” describes for the first time the numerous projects intended to provide the ultimate crow’s nest.  Fairey’s initial foray into AEW with the Spearfish “Guppy” in 1945 and Blackburn’s B.54 from 1949 set the scene for the 1950s and 60s. Blackburn Aircraft at Brough was particularly active in AEW, specifically the P.119 and P.139 series of Buccaneer-based studies and the many configurations of the portly “Flying pig”. Avro Woodford’s design studies based on the Avro Type 748 with American radars are also examined, as is their attempt to interest the US Navy in a BAe 146 with AN/APS.120 radar in the 1980s.

The Admiralty’s abortive attempt to procure the E-2 Hawkeye is described for the first time, as are the three occasions long before the Falklands War when helicopters were proposed as AEW platforms.
 
Government and company archive material has been used throughout and these, combined with original artwork by Adrian Mann, show how the Royal Navy and the aircraft designers hoped to fill what has become a pivotal role in naval warfare.
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Re: The Admiralty and AEW: Royal Navy Airborne Early Warning Projects
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2009, 04:45:32 am »
Great news that its now been announced, Chris was hinting at it last year at ScaleModelWorld when commenting on the P139 AEW i had built.

Going off the VC-10 book it should be good using the same format, with Admirialty AEW i suppose there may be more options for manufactures models and original artwork as some of the projects were more advanced than others.
Will there be any coverage of the carriers in relation to the AEW aircraft  ?

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Re: The Admiralty and AEW: Royal Navy Airborne Early Warning Projects
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2009, 07:18:34 am »
I am ready.

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Re: The Admiralty and AEW: Royal Navy Airborne Early Warning Projects
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2009, 07:23:18 am »
Me too

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Re: The Admiralty and AEW: Royal Navy Airborne Early Warning Projects
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2009, 12:21:32 am »
On conidering the artwork i think Adrian should change the Black and Yellow stiped nose to the tail cone on the AEW Bucc for the cover. I know its inspired by the 849sqdn gannets which had a the contra-prop to best show the bee stipes, but with the Bucc i think they would have gone with a tail cone rather than nose cone stripes.

Be interesting to see how the Sideways looking radar would have worked as i know it was retracted into the former bomb bay and deployed in flight, but where on earth did they put the avionics within a standard bucc airframe ?

Still it should be very interesting to see what projects were propossed for AEW as some of the designs have been quite imaginativem although many wont win any aircraft beauty contests  ;D.

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Geoff

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Re: The Admiralty and AEW: Royal Navy Airborne Early Warning Projects
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2009, 12:05:08 pm »
I recently contacted Blue Envoy Press and was informed by Chris Gibson that Michael Pryce's P.1216 book is still in preparation and he hopes to have it available before his RN AEW book which could be available in the spring.

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Re: The Admiralty and AEW: Royal Navy Airborne Early Warning Projects
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2009, 04:49:42 pm »
On conidering the artwork i think Adrian should change the Black and Yellow stiped nose to the tail cone on the AEW Bucc for the cover. I know its inspired by the 849sqdn gannets which had a the contra-prop to best show the bee stipes, but with the Bucc i think they would have gone with a tail cone rather than nose cone stripes.

We thought that colour scheme would elicit some comments!

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Re: The Admiralty and AEW: Royal Navy Airborne Early Warning Projects
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2010, 11:40:14 am »
AEW book is largely complete. Chris sent me this possible cover image...
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Re: The Admiralty and AEW: Royal Navy Airborne Early Warning Projects
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2010, 03:03:27 pm »
Think the Gannet cover is more suitable for the title - I like it  ;D

So whens its due out ?

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Re: The Admiralty and AEW: Royal Navy Airborne Early Warning Projects
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2010, 02:20:44 pm »
When indeed.

And where will this be available?

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Re: The Admiralty and AEW: Royal Navy Airborne Early Warning Projects
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2010, 12:00:05 pm »
Any updates?

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Re: The Admiralty and AEW: Royal Navy Airborne Early Warning Projects
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2010, 01:21:08 am »
Last I heard it was still in progress but Chris does have another interesting project in the pipeline (a larger book) which may be delaying things a bit.
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Re: The Admiralty and AEW: Royal Navy Airborne Early Warning Projects
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2010, 05:10:29 am »
With the Gannet in the foreground and the P.1154 in the background that is one epic front cover!

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Re: The Admiralty and AEW: Royal Navy Airborne Early Warning Projects
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2010, 01:56:09 pm »
Last I heard it was still in progress but Chris does have another interesting project in the pipeline (a larger book) which may be delaying things a bit.

Hints???

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Re: The Admiralty and AEW: Royal Navy Airborne Early Warning Projects
« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2010, 10:50:35 pm »
Chris sent me this possible cover image...

And here I was, thinking it was impossible to make the Gannet look any uglier  ;)

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