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To each his own. It triggered MY greed reflexes on several levels  :D

And that's fine. Were a similar labor of love to be published on the design details of the SR-71, the B-70, the Do-335, Kate Upton, the P-54, the B-2 or several others, I'd make with the paypal.
Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Books we would like to see reissued
« Last post by Orionblamblam on Yesterday at 11:48:11 pm »
It would be interesting to see Al Hazrad's book re-issued in the original Arabic.
Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Books we would like to see reissued
« Last post by Schneiderman on Yesterday at 11:18:08 pm »
I agree with you about the Putnams, they are really showing their age as several date back to the early 1960s. Even those that were updated later generally only had additions at the end and did not review the original text.
I would also encourage Tony Buttler to consider updating British Fighters and Bombers 1935 - 1950. There would be merit in pushing the start date back to 1930 in addition to revising the text
Bookshelf & Marketplace / Books we would like to see reissued
« Last post by gatoraptor on Yesterday at 06:28:07 pm »
There are plenty of out-of-print books I would like to see reissued, either the same as before or updated as required.  Among these are:

ALL the Putnam Aeronautical Books, especially the factory histories (e.g. Boeing Aircraft Since...) and service histories (e.g. British Naval Aircraft since...)
The Cold War Years in Crecy's Hikoki series, a companion to two books still in print.
Combat Aircraft of the World, a 1969 (!) book that I still refer to!
Aircraft of the Third Reich, the missing volumes 2 & 3 to the recently updated volume 1.
Vietnam Air War Debrief and Gulf Air War Debrief, the best of the World Air Power Journal books.

(P.S. I prefer the Putnams in the smaller page size, not the larger one used in later years.)
Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: British Secret Projects Volume Four
« Last post by pathology_doc on Yesterday at 03:04:41 pm »
David K Brown was probably the closest thing we will ever get to a British Norman Friedman; unfortunately he's been gone for some time.

You might try Friedman's "The Postwar Naval Revolution", which concentrates extensively on British ships - planned and built - and the weapon systems they hoped to carry, "British Cruisers: Two World Wars and After", and also Brown's "Rebuilding the Royal Navy".
Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Bernard Noble:Properly to Test book 2
« Last post by Dynoman on Yesterday at 11:51:22 am »
I don't have the book, however the back of Book 1 has the following description:

Properly to Test: Early Years Bk. 1: Reminiscences of Flying at the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment Boscombe Down

 The title 'Avro One' is synonymous with a long line of Chief
Test Pilots beginning with Alliot Verdon Roe in 1908.
Robby Robinson started his flying career in the RAF culminating in two
tours as a test pilot at Boscombe Down followed by a tour with the Empire
Test Pilots School. He joined British Aerospace in 1978 and became their
chief test pilot in 1981.
This story takes the reader all over the world as Robby gives an insight
into his experience of civilian flying and the development of his skills as
a 'salesman', promoting and selling the HS.748. The beauty of flying in
Trinidad & Tobago, Madagascar and Andorra along with the frustrations and
complications of operating so far from home are related in a humorous and
informative manner.
The wartime spirit during the Falklands War of 1982 at Woodford is
described in detail, including the multitude of modifications that took
place during that time. These included the effective fitment of Sidewinders
to the Nimrod making it the 'worlds biggest fighter'.
The ups and eventual downs of the Nimrod AEW.3 are also covered in detail,
complemented by several excellent air-to-air photographs of the United
Kingdom's AWACS.
The crowning moment is described as occurring on the 6th August 1986, when,
with Robby at the controls, the ATP first took to the sky. It was to be the
last airliner exclusively designed and built by a British company in the
United Kingdom.
Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Photographs in books: A Meldrew moment
« Last post by Arjen on Yesterday at 06:59:48 am »
Pictures like this...

...are what caused me to develop a fascination for aircraft. I like general aspect drawings, but my most prized books contain lots of drawings AND nice pictures like the XP-46 image. That, or they go into great detail about the people behind the aircraft, how they went about making them and/or how they were used. If a book has all of the above - hog heaven.

Bookshelf & Marketplace / Photographs in books: A Meldrew moment
« Last post by uk 75 on Yesterday at 05:25:48 am »
I know that I am getting into Victor Meldrew mode again, but I wondered if it was just me.

Books on our subject are such a rare and valuable resource, and I should say how grateful I am to
all who toil to produce them for ingrates like me.

But, I do find myself wondering how the picture sizing gets decided upon.  My particular "hate" is
full page photographs of an ordinary subject when a half page or less would do.  I realise this is
also because I am always hunting for elusive general arrangement drawings and regard photos as
often a bit dull.  But do others like these full page photos and if so, why?
Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Bernard Noble:Properly to Test book 2
« Last post by Pasoleati on July 19, 2017, 04:10:37 pm »
So what aircraft types it does cover?😊
According to a Dutch aviation website (Nederlandseluchtvaart) the book should
be available this  Summer.
Amazon however produdes still the old info and nothing about is found in
other sources...
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