Based on official records held at the National Archives and other published sources, ‘Hunters over Arabia’ presents an in-depth account of the operations performed by the Hawker Hunter squadrons policing the desert wastelands and high mountain ranges of the Middle East. Copiously illustrated with colour and black and white photographs, a high percentage of operations performed by this versatile British ground attack and reconnaissance fighter are described in detail. Using a chronological format, the narrative focuses on the period during which the Hunter served in the Middle East, from 1960 to 1971. Further chapters are dedicated to the three Hunter variants most closely associated with the Middle East, the FGA.9, FR.10 and T.7, together with their respective allocation dates. A short background to Aden, its historical links to Britain, and RAF airfields administered by Middle East Command complete this factual account.
HUNTERS OVER ARABIA Hawker Hunter Operations in the Middle East
From 1960 to 1971 the British forces were constantly in harm’s way in the Middle East, mostly in and around the Aden Protectorate, this is the definitive book on RAF Hunter operations in the area, and an invaluable reference for anybody researching any aspect of the UK’s involvement in a still-troubled region. The level of detail is impressive, down to the names of individual pilots on each sortie. An eye opener is the number of casualties in the RAF Hunter force – 12 fatal incidents are recorded and several near misses.
The standout surprise from this book, however, is the superb photographic coverage. It is extensively illustrated – mostly in colour – showing off the varied appearances of Hunters in the region, for the aircraft modeller there is much to admire.
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