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The War in the Air

The First World War saw the birth of air warfare. At the outbreak of the conflict very few foresaw the huge and growing role that aircraft would be playing by the war's end. Reluctantly tolerated by the higher command at best, the early aircraft were at first used purely in an observational capacity. Very quickly however, dogfights developed and the fighter and finally the bomber evolved. Air warfare was a new dimension in conflict and had indisputably arrived. The Naval and Military Press stocks an enviably large range of books on these pioneering days from technical guides to early biplanes. There are also books about balloons and Zeppelins to accounts of the war's great air aces on both sides of the lines. If your interest is in a period of combat still marked by chivalry and heroism, as well as breathtaking technical advances you will find all the books you need in our stock.

The War in the Air



HEROES AND LANDMARKS OF BRITISH AVIATION
From Airship to the Jet Age
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HEROES AND LANDMARKS OF BRITISH AVIATION From Airship to the Jet Age
Product Code: 23280

The complete and heroic story of British aviation from its pioneering days to the 21st century. Profiles the famous individuals and the companies they created that made the story of British flight one of the world's proudest.
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NAVAL AIR
Celebrating a Century of Naval Flying
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NAVAL AIR Celebrating a Century of Naval Flying
Product Code: 25926

This comprehensive account, brought to us by eminent aviation historian Philip Kaplan covers aspects of Naval Aviation as it pertains to the US and Royal Navies. The various chapters provide an excellent history of carrier aviation from the early 1900s up to the present day. Complemented by a col...
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PIONEERS OF AERIAL COMBAT
Air Battles of the First World War
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PIONEERS OF AERIAL COMBAT Air Battles of the First World War
Product Code: 24254

This history of the Great War in the air also covers the story of aviation from the first flight of the Wright brothers onwards. The book is particularly strong on the hasty improvements in aircraft design brought on by the shock of war, particularly in Britain which had lagged behind its contine...
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ACE OF THE BLACK CROSS
The Memoirs of Ernst Udet
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ACE OF THE BLACK CROSS The Memoirs of Ernst Udet
Product Code: 24607

The sometimes shocking, always exciting memoirs of Ernst Udet, the man who like Hermann Goring, rose from being a World War One fighter ace to an architect of the Nazi Luftwaffe, only to descend into drink and dying by his own hand in the midst of the Second World War.
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OFFICIAL HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA IN THE WAR OF 1914-1918
Volume VIII – The Australian Flying Corps: 1914–1918
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OFFICIAL HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA IN THE WAR OF 1914-1918 Volume VIII – The Australian Flying Corps: 1914–1918
Product Code: 25536

Volume eight, written by Frederic Cutlack, covers in great detail the first air operations in war undertaken by Australia. These first operations were carried out by the famous “Half Flight” of the Australian Flying Corps, which was despatched to disease-ridden Mesopotamia in 1915 to provide air ...
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Sitting Ducks & Peeping Toms - Targets, Drones and UAVs in British Military Service since 1917
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Sitting Ducks & Peeping Toms - Targets, Drones and UAVs in British Military Service since 1917
Product Code: 25921

Sitting Ducks & Peeping Toms comprehensively charts the British development of unmanned aircraft from 1917, when Professor Arthur Low developed an unmanned aerial torpedo, to their use in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. This is a ground-breaking work, drawing on decades of painstaking research, mu...
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FROM NIGHTHAWK TO SPITFIRE
The Aircraft of R.J. Mitchell
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FROM NIGHTHAWK TO SPITFIRE The Aircraft of R.J. Mitchell
Product Code: 25902

This is the story of some of the difficulties and successes of Mitchells aircraft, ranging from the first to the last, the iconic Spitfire. The contents have been well researched and there are numerous images and line drawings of the aircraft.
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IN THE TEETH OF THE WIND
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IN THE TEETH OF THE WIND
Product Code: 25814

Fascinating record of a pilot's life in the dawn of aerial warfare and, as history, of the first use of the bomber in war, strangely, by the Navy's aircraft. Flying by day and night alone, without navigational aids, the author moves from attacks on the U-boat bases to bombing the German Gothas as...
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60 YEARS OF COMBAT AIRCRAFT: WORLD WAR ONE TO VIETNAM WAR
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60 YEARS OF COMBAT AIRCRAFT: WORLD WAR ONE TO VIETNAM WAR
Product Code: 25725

From the Battle of the Marne to the end of the Vietnam War, this ‘first half' of the 20th century must be considered representative of aerial warfare. With the 400 profiles and illustrations contained in this book, Bruno Pautigny, the world famous illustrator, paints the technical portraits of t...
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I CHOSE THE SKY
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I CHOSE THE SKY
Product Code: 25846

These are the Great War memoirs of veteran flyer 'Tich' Rochford, who writes about his action-packed two years serving with No.3 (Naval) Squadron in Sopwith Pups and Camels.This classic first-hand account is told in vivid detail throughout.
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