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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: Chris Gibson - The Air Staff and the Helicopter - Blue Envoy Press
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2016, 11:08:46 am »
When would Chris like to take our money for one of these?  ;D

Cool cover as usual. I'm wondering what the single rotor gunship is, Westland Scout related?

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Re: Chris Gibson - The Air Staff and the Helicopter - Blue Envoy Press
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2016, 05:58:54 am »
have you included the Jumping Jeep. Looks a good book for me

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Re: Chris Gibson - The Air Staff and the Helicopter - Blue Envoy Press
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2016, 08:02:58 am »
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,28154.msg294192.html#msg294192

Chris actually posted it here first, he then asked me to post it on What-if as we don't allow uploaded images on the site and use linked ones instead.

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Re: Chris Gibson - The Air Staff and the Helicopter - Blue Envoy Press
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2016, 08:52:17 am »
Somehow I didn't find that topic with some searchwords before starting this one. 🤔
Edit:
At home now, I just noticed the subforum Secret Projects Forum » Blue Envoy Press » ProjectTech Profiles.
Yesterday, before starting this topic by my own, I had no link and no access to that subform. 🤔
Sorry for the double posting!  :-[

So, dear Mods, please delete or merge this topic.  :)
« Last Edit: November 17, 2016, 01:49:42 pm by fightingirish »
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Re: Chris Gibson - The Air Staff and the Helicopter - Blue Envoy Press
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2016, 10:32:15 am »
No Jumping Jeep I'm afraid as it was an Army job. Those might appear elsewhere though.

Chris

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Re: Chris Gibson - The Air Staff and the Helicopter - Blue Envoy Press
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2016, 05:29:34 am »
Hello. I'm just wondering where I can get this book and some other of the books from Blue Envoy Press?

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Re: Chris Gibson - The Air Staff and the Helicopter - Blue Envoy Press
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2016, 12:40:53 pm »
The helicopter book won't be out until about March, but the rest are available so send me a PM, tell me what you'd like, where to send them and I can sort it out.

Thanks

Chris

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Re: Chris Gibson - The Air Staff and the Helicopter - Blue Envoy Press
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2016, 05:26:27 pm »
Chris
Atlas Shoulders has wet my appetite and I look forward to March. Have a fine Christmas you have earned it.

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Re: Chris Gibson - The Air Staff and the Helicopter - Blue Envoy Press
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2016, 02:15:41 pm »
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The helicopter’s appearance at the end of the Second World War presented Britain’s armed forces with a quandary

The Second World War ended in 1943?

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Re: Chris Gibson - The Air Staff and the Helicopter - Blue Envoy Press
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2017, 07:25:24 am »
Just had mine delivered today, will have a read this evening  B)