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ProjectTech Profiles / Re: The Admiralty and the Helicopter
« Last post by Hood on June 03, 2017, 01:44:09 am »
I must thank you all for your strong interest in The Admiralty and the Helicopter .
I like to think I helped convinced Chris that there was enough interest in helicopters to publish this. I've always thought that helicopters have deserved more coverage and that many people (even beyond the SP subset) are interested in helicopters and even helicopter projects. Even thinking about preserved helicopters in British museums, they are probably under represented (ignoring the Helicopter Museum of course!).

As to a little more background on the book, as so many British helicopter specifications had a joint naval-RAF theme this book can be considered a mirror to Chris's The Air Staff and the Helicopter. It features the naval aspects of the NA.43/OR.325 Bristol 191/192 duo, NASR.358 and NASR.365 so both books provide a full account. But it also goes beyond the projects to investigate how the Admiralty came up with the concept of an anti-submarine helicopter and how they made it work and other developments that were allied to, or competing with, the ship-borne helicopter. Also included are the various weapons proposed or used. I'm hoping even those who don't really get enthused by helicopters but who are interested in naval history will find it interesting too.

As to Grey Havoc's fears, much remains behind the 30 year closure in the UK and many of the files relating to the Lynx and Merlin (in many aspects) remain safely ensconced with the MOD, perhaps until the final retirement of both types. I'm sure there will be more to unearth in future years and there are other topics not yet covered and others which probably deserve greater in-depth study.
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ProjectTech Profiles / Re: The Admiralty and the Helicopter
« Last post by Grey Havoc on June 02, 2017, 01:27:59 pm »
Currently on a downer on choppers as mine has just been cancelled due to fog.

Chris

You are doubtless behind on your offerings to the Dark Gods of Chaos.
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ProjectTech Profiles / Re: The Admiralty and the Helicopter
« Last post by CJGibson on June 02, 2017, 09:50:41 am »
Currently on a downer on choppers as mine has just been cancelled due to fog.

Chris
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ProjectTech Profiles / Re: The Admiralty and the Helicopter
« Last post by Arjen on June 02, 2017, 08:23:38 am »
Right then, so why am I the only fool producing them?

Chris
I hope you'll continue producing books about aviation's ginger-haired stepchildren, because I have reached the stage where I'll buy any book with the Blue Envoy mark. I'm still pinching myself that there are enough book buying aviation nerds to support the publication of many more titles than I can ever hope to read on a subject that fascinates me.

In real life, the number of like-minded readers I meet (outside the-bookshop-near-Schiphol) never drops below 1 per year, but struggles to reach 2 or higher. The like-minded 1 being my brother. This, combined with the paucity of helicopter-related books on offer in the-bookshop-near-Schiphol, leads me to believe the helicopter-book buying public is a subset of a subset of the population. Which is apparently enough to encourage you and the others in the Blue Envoy team to continue publishing.

I won't even try to understand how this stream of interesting titles keeps flowing. I'll just buy and read and buy.

In darker moments, I'll think back to my aquatic ecology professor explaining how fish travel in schools, enabling the North Sea to support fisheries to harvest stocks right to the edge of extinction - and then, sudden collapse. I'm fervently hoping the flood of new aviation titles isn't the last school waiting to be dragged out of the sea, but just one big glut. If you catch my drift.

Keep them coming.
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ProjectTech Profiles / Re: The Admiralty and the Helicopter
« Last post by CJGibson on June 02, 2017, 07:14:27 am »
And people said noone would buy books on helicopters...  :o
I think we're dealing with an atypical subset of the population here. Having said that - I'll be having a copy too.

Right then, so why am I the only fool producing them?

Chris
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ProjectTech Profiles / Re: The Admiralty and the Helicopter
« Last post by uk 75 on June 02, 2017, 05:37:29 am »
Another must have for me...
One subject that has always puzzled me is the evolution of the Wg34 as the line drawing
published in 1979 does not look like any of the artist's impressions which look more sleek
like the boeing uttas design.
Thanks again for the RAF book-  The Household Air Cavalry art belongs somewhere in a Computer Wargame!
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ProjectTech Profiles / Re: The Admiralty and the Helicopter
« Last post by CJGibson on June 02, 2017, 04:17:55 am »
It's James' work and he's been ferreting in Kew for a while as well.

Chris
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ProjectTech Profiles / Re: The Admiralty and the Helicopter
« Last post by JFC Fuller on June 02, 2017, 01:55:46 am »
Chris, looks like a great title. You should have let me know you were working on it, I have spent quite some time looking at this topic at Kew, especially around JAST.358!
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ProjectTech Profiles / Re: The Admiralty and the Helicopter
« Last post by Arjen on June 01, 2017, 10:05:56 pm »
And people said noone would buy books on helicopters...  :o
I think we're dealing with an atypical subset of the population here. Having said that - I'll be having a copy too.
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ProjectTech Profiles / Re: The Admiralty and the Helicopter
« Last post by PMN1 on June 01, 2017, 05:50:50 pm »
Yeah :) :)
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