Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members

We finally get a book that focuses on the air war in the skies over Ukraine.


Eagles of the Luftwaffe: Dfs 230 Paperback – 16 Oct. 2024​

by Neil Page (and Dan Sharp?)
From the description:
When it came to daring raids, Germany's airborne troops had a secret weapon during the Second World War: the DFS 230 combat and assault glider. Successful German attacks at Eben Emael, Corinth, Crete and Gran Sasso are synonymous with the type - which could carry nine fully-equipped troops, dive towards its target at an angle of 80 degrees and land within 20m of it.

It was also frequently used for freight and could quietly deliver up to 1,200kg of cargo, even into areas considered too difficult and hazardous for successful supply drops by conventional means. For particularly difficult landing areas, it could optionally be fitted with up to three machine guns.

Designed during the mid-1930s, the DFS 230 entered service in 1939 and was operated throughout the war in every theater where German forces were involved in the fighting. A DFS 230 was probably the last aircraft type to put down in the inferno of Hitler's encircled capital city just days prior to the dictator's suicide on April 30, 1945.

The type could be towed into the air by almost any powered combat aircraft - from an He 111 bomber to a Bf 109 fighter - dropping its wheeled landing gear on take-off and touching down on a skid.
More than 1,600 DFS 230s were built from 1939 to 1943 and up to a dozen are thought to survive today.

In Eagles of the Luftwaffe: DFS 230, Luftwaffe historian Neil Page, author of the two-part Luftwaffe Fighters series from Tempest Books, explores and explains both the type's development and its service history."
HOTOL: Britain’s Spaceplane
Dan Sharp

Tempest Books
ISBN: 9781911704294
Format: Hardback
Pages: 300

The start of Space Shuttle operations in 1981 marked a new era in spaceflight – with the five orbiters launching numerous satellites, interplanetary probes and the Hubble Space Telescope. But Shuttle was only partially reusable, its external fuel tank being expendable and its solid rocket boosters having to be recovered from the ocean and refurbished. Putting a satellite into orbit using a rocket was even more wasteful – with boosters such as Ariane being one-shot only. The costs were astronomical.

So when rocket scientist Alan Bond and aerospace engineer Bob Parkinson attended a British Interplanetary Society lecture on the proposed non-reusable Ariane 5 rocket in 1982, they began to discuss possible alternatives and concluded that the best solution was… an aerospaceplane.

The concept was deceptively simple – a vehicle able to take off from a conventional runway using airbreathing engines, switch to pure rocket propulsion at high altitude, fly up into space, complete its mission, then fly back down and land. Bond and Parkinson believed it could be done and HOTOL – HOrizontal Take-Off and Landing – was born.

By 1983 both British Aerospace and Rolls-Royce were backing the project. A broadcast on ITN’s New at Ten in 1984 made HOTOL famous overnight, with the whole nation now aware of its existence. The Government agreed to match-fund the companies’ financial commitment in 1985 and the work ramped up into high gear, with some of Britain’s best engineers engaged in making this remarkable vehicle a reality.

Two years later, Minister of State of Trade and Industry Kenneth Clarke declined to renew the project's funding – signalling the beginning of the end of HOTOL. Attempts to continue the project as an air-launched vehicle using the An-225 as its carrier continued into the early 1990s.

HOTOL: Britain’s Spaceplane by Dan Sharp covers the full story of HOTOL’s development in detail from beginning to end, drawing on the BAE Systems archive, the personal archives of the project’s creators and extensive interviews with those involved. It includes new artwork plus hundreds of contemporary diagrams and illustrations, ranging from full colour brochures and publicity material – both used and unused – to previously unseen diagrams and schematics of HOTOL’s numerous configurations and their associated components and technologies.

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The Bear's Claws - Russian Military Aviation in the 21st Century. The book is being laid out at present, and will hopefully be with the printer before month end. Estimated to be 200 pages, containing 375 colour illustrations of the 80 + different aircraft and helicopters to see Russian service since the year 2000. Limited text on each type, along with details of each air base, and known unit a structure. More details, including the price, when available in a few weeks.
The book is being self published, and will be available via mail order from me, or through Simon at the Aviation Bookshop or Paul at Aviation Retail Direct.

Bob Archer
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Schiffer Military History (April 28, 2024)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 608 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0764367870
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0764367878
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.25 x 2.25 x 10 inches
Got my copy. Well presented book with nice 3 views. At a glance a lot of the illustrations look similar to those in the Blue Envoy Press - Project Tech Profiles but it looks like a good read I would recommend it.
Bought a copy and read it while sitting in jury duty this past Monday. Good read and info I had not seen/read before. UFAs were all new to me. Would have liked 3 views of some of the designs mentioned in the text but overall, quite happy to add it to the reference library.

Enjoy the Day! Mark

Main Force to Mosquito Master Bomber - The Story of Wing Commander Eric Benjamin DFC & Bar.

Will be an interesting read no doubt, there is an awful lot that we do not currently know about the J-20 so this book will answer a lot of questions that I have about it.

By John Greenacre and Major Mike Peters.

Since formation in 1957 the Army Air Corps has played a prominent role in almost every British Army operation in modern times. Ops Normal is an unrivalled and comprehensive operational history of the Army Air Corps experience. It is a unique insight into the aircraft deployed, and the experiences of the men and women involved.

Volume 1 of Ops Normal is exceptional as it draws generously on the testimony of those who were deployed on the early operations. Aircrew and Groundcrew, provided critical aviation support to the full spectrum of flying operations in the most hazardous environments, often under fire. It also captures the pace of change and turbulence as the small embryonic corps of aviators evolved into the fully fledged combat arm of today.

Ops Normal covers operations in Malaya, Borneo, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Kuwait, Aden, British Guiana, Belize and in Northern Ireland. It uses previously unpublished material, thought-provoking first-hand accounts coupled with contemporary unit records, and many unpublished images. The result is a fresh and compelling history of a Corps that though diminutive in numbers, rank as one of the most potent in the British Army's order of battle.

Ops Normal is the only complete and authorised account of British Army aviation operations undertaken by the Army Air Corps. It is a fitting tribute to all who wore the sky blue beret and especially those that made the ultimate sacrifice. It is also a testimony to those that survive with the physical and mental scars of their service.


Sounds like a fun read.


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