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Balloons ??? there are flying jeeps, boats, armored cars, infantrymen and whatever but no balloon in my book !!

Sorry about that, JC.  I was looking at two books that arrived at about the same time and I got my signals crossed.  No balloons, but a lot of other wild and crazy stuff, like flying cars, flying boats, even flying saucers!  (The Germans obviously didn't have a monopoly on that sort of thinking.)
My copy arrived today and it is in all ways a masterpiece of new information!
Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: French Secret Projects 3
« Last post by Sherman Tank on Today at 05:13:06 pm »
civil airplanes 1930-1942 ? you mean like airliners as in Arc-en-ciel and  small "biz-planes" like Simoun? That's way out of my waters !!! I could maybe do "airliners and business planes 1945-2005" but I tell you that if research to find original (period)material on warbirds for this period is difficult, I just would not know by which end tackling civilian subjects.

re : order of books.
*if* it depends on me it would be VTO (beginning with Blériot perhaps even earlier with Capazza) , then spaceplanes (I already took a few contacts and I think Hermes would not be too troublesome... that's the projects from the sixties which I expect to cause difficulties) and finally between-the-wars military. What I have on this last subject is mostly published material (Cuny, Leyvastre, Marchand and co) and considering the trouble the guys at Dassault have finding enough material to build a 1/1 MB 152, I fear a lot of material that was available thirty years ago has been lost, misplaced etc...
Pre-war company archives have got more or less, if not destroyed, turned into puzzle games by the various take-over, amalgamations, fusions etc...and private archive tend to evaporate with uninterested descendants ...


M. Carbonel,

I commiserate with you over the difficulty of navigating archive collections. I'm currently writing a book on pre-WW1 Royal Navy battle fleet development and the amount of missing material is astounding.  The Admiralty managed to completely lose all the files regarding the fleet maneuvers of 1908, which involved the bulk of the Royal Navy's ships!  It's taken me a decade and two graduate degrees just to be able to fill in part of the story.  And this is without a German occupation and several decades of corporate mergers, nationalizations, and bankruptcies to contend with!
Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: French Secret Projects 3
« Last post by hesham on Today at 02:41:28 pm »
I know that dear JCC,

but I speak about the materials itself is small,are them enough to make a book ?.
I just received the book and it is truly the last word on the 135.  The most remarkable thing to me is that for each variant, the author has listed every airframe and briefly provided its service history.  So every 135 ever built is covered that way!
Here another interesting article in the issue.  B)
Fairey’s Commercial Break
Using company brochures, Fairey Aviation specialist Bill Harrison traces the history of the company’s commercial designs, from pre-war FC.1 to double-deck Fairey Queen.
Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: The Aviation Historian No.21 Magazine
« Last post by alertken on Today at 12:17:27 pm »
Sandys was the Saviour of UK Aero.
On his watch (MoD/MoA) were initiated at our expense, i.a Concorde, VC10, Harrier, TSR.2, Blue Water, and Blue Streak was sustained (maybe they should not have been, but I am responding to him being traduced as destroyer).

What did he chop? Fairey F.155T. Who here stands champion for that?
Avro 730? Use a medium to discuss >60,000ft. with Gary Powers.
SR.177? Liquid fuelled rocket motors in a combat zone?
So, P.1121 (which he did not chop because it had not been sought by RAF). We took free Hunters and hung hard points on them. Saving vast sums.

Cascades of Korean War $ funded the RAF that failed at Suez. They could not find targets where seniors had been billetted a few months earlier. Sandys went to Defence after MSP $ had dried up. On our own. We had decided to do a solo UK Deterrent. This he did. Then secured access to US Art and Article.

Praise him.
Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: The Aviation Historian No.21 Magazine
« Last post by Schneiderman on Today at 11:58:53 am »
Its been a very imformative series of articles written by guys who have taken the time to go through the archives. Far better than just following the popular myth without question.
Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: French Secret Projects 3
« Last post by JC Carbonel on Today at 10:43:54 am »

I had proposed 35-42 because before 1935 the Aircraft were still very much biplanes carry-over from WW1. Monoplanes were generalised only by mid-thirties. And 1942 was because I gave the designers two years of "downside" after the 1940 armistice. 1942 is also the date the German Wehrmacht invaded Zone Libre and hence put under control the Bureaux d'Etudes which had emigrated to Zone Sud.

Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: The Aviation Historian No.21 Magazine
« Last post by CJGibson on Today at 10:10:41 am »
I disagree.

Sandys was Macmillan's Rosa Kleb.

Sandys cleared the decks in period of great flux and once the strategic situation had settled (UK withdrawal from Empire and more focused on NATO northern flank) Sandys' (or Macmillan's) cancellations made the implementation of RV Jones' recommendations much easier. Think dinosaurs/fissure eruptions/asteroids/mammals rather than pretty designs.

I'll be in the stocks at 4, Hamilton Place on the 24th if anyone fancies chucking tomatoes at me.

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