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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: The Aviation Historian No.21 Magazine
« Last post by circle-5 on Today at 02:40:03 pm »
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.


Let's agree to disagree on Duncan Sandys - he's your guy, after all.  But if you decide to similarly praise Robert McNamara, I'll be looking around for some really large American tomatoes (which are usually flavorless, I might add!)

In all seriousness, thank you for another great article!
Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Luftwaffe: Secret Wings of the Third Reich
« Last post by Wurger on Today at 02:04:43 pm »
Finally I got my copy!!!! It`s another "must have" from Dan`s workshop, packed with brilliant airplane designs. Although Dan`s preference goes to the Messerschmitt Super 163, I got thrilled by the sheer suggestion of the massive Focke-Wulf flying wing, propelled by six Deutz Dz 720, each with 5000Hp. Also of my choice, a table with different aircraft layouts, revealing many unknown configurations considered by Heinkel. Finally, Gustav Staatz`s barrel engine. was he related to the Statax company, also involved in "trommel" engines?
Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: The Aviation Historian No.21 Magazine
« Last post by Schneiderman on Today at 01:41:46 pm »
And you can always go here and download (free) many official Government documents on the subject.

"The Riddle of the Sandys" - oh, applauds!
For anyone interested in the 1957 White Paper :,29377.0.html
Tony Buttler sent me a reminder he will be speaking at this event along with Mike Pryce. It sounds like it will be a very interesting event.

Program is attached.
Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: French Secret Projects 3
« Last post by JC Carbonel on Today at 07:19:41 am »
I completely agree with you but for two points :
- the objective of this post is to help me finding what to suggest to Crécy for French secret projects volume 3
- then there is the question of archives : there is a lot of material out there (believe me , I know!) , but not all belongs to free archives. And it is not just a question of ethics : to write an interesting book one cannot just compile three-view drawings, one needs data, anecdotes to flesh up the stories those drawings. For this access to industrial or personal archives is required, interviews with former designers is even better. One cannot just download a bunch of drawnings from Internet. And while I know to which doors knocking in France, I just don't have this kind of access for Sweden, Russia, USA etc...

Note : Even with my efforts to flesh out the research for french secret projects 1, I have been criticized for just that : compiling drawings without any meaningful stories behind them.

Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: French Secret Projects 3
« Last post by Hood on Today at 07:16:22 am »
There are book on British hovercraft but I'm not sure how far they delve into unbuilt projects, I suspect there are many. Its a niche market but you might get some takers.

I think a 1930s-40s volume would still throw up much that might not have reached English language books before, especially for non-fighter types.
It would probably sell the best to the wider readership and would complement the other WW2 era secret project books the best.
A VTOL book would be interesting, but again many of the fighter proposals are well known (Bill Rose's book) and of course your other two volumes have covered much of this ground.
A space projects book would be interesting too with perhaps more scope for new research?
Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: French Secret Projects 3
« Last post by Arjen on Today at 06:57:41 am »
Then again...
I'm fairly certain USSR/Russia and the UK alone would merit fat books on hovercraft each. I suspect research about hovercraft in the USA and France might throw up some nice surprises as well.
In 1915/1916, Dagobert Müller von Thomamühl of the Austro-Hungarian Navy constructed a torpedo-carrying hovercraft - see images found here - and lots of other people in verious countries tried their hands at hovercraft since. A book on international hovercraft highlights might need a wheelbarrow to schlepp to your reading table.
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