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The History of Aircraft Nose Art: WWI to Today     The History of Aircraft Nose Art: WWI to TodayHaynes | 1991 | ISBN: 0854299343 | English | 194 Pages | PDF | 87,1 MB Ever since pilots have been going to war they have sought to personalize their aircraft with individual markings and art - often with visually attractive results. From World War I to the Gulf conflict this book looks at the range of art depicted on aircraft. The text examines all eras of nose art, the aeroplanes the art was painted on and a special chapter devoted to interviews with surviving nose artists about their art. Also featured are the styles, markings, subjects and psychology of art and sidebars on Walt Disney, Al Capp and Milt Caniff, all of whom helped and influenced nose art.   filepostdepositfilesrapidgator
To Be a U.S. Air Force Pilot     To Be a U.S. Air Force Pilot By Henry M. Holden2004 | 160 Pages | ISBN: 0760317917 | PDF | 129 MB To Be A U.S. Air Force Pilot details every step of training for those with the skill and daring to "cross into the blue" as an elite U.S. Air Force pilot. The book traces the growth of aspiring young recruits, starting with grueling physical and mental tests, early flight training on high-tech flight simulators, moving onward and upward until they are finally ready to push the outer envelope to Mach II in state-of-the-art fighter aircraft. Thanks to the highly motivated, highly skilled, and dedicated men and women of the United States Air Force, America enters the uncertain landscape of the 21st century with the most powerful, swift, and flexible military force the world has ever seen.   filepost
Lockheed P-38 Lightning (Crowood Aviation Series) Lockheed P-38 Lightning (Crowood Aviation Series)Crowood Press | 2006 | ISBN: 1861267703 | English | 160 Pages | PDF | 84 MB Lightning! One of the best-named aircraft of WW2, the Lockheed P-38 was also one of the few fighters in production throughout hostilities. Immediately recognizable by its twin-boom tail layout, the P-38 Lightning was one of the mainstays of the USAAF's fighter inventory. Deployed in all theaters, Lightnings excelled in most, being one of the few American fighters armed with cannon. Subject to lengthy development throughout the war, the P-38 exemplified the technical peak reached by aeronautical engineers in the 1940s.     filepostdepositfiles
America's Fighters of the 1980s: F-16 and F-18 (Warbirds Illustrated No. 17) Robert C. Stern - America's Fighters of the 1980s: F-16 and F-18Arms & Armour Press | 1983 | ISBN: 0853685789 | 69 pages | PDF | 14.9 MBWarbirds Illustrated No. 17 A photographic history of the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F-18 Hornet fighter aircraft. Colour and b/w illustrations. Depositfiles Rapidshare
Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer: Soviet Swing-Wing Bomber (Aerofax) Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer: Soviet Swing-Wing Bomber (Aerofax)Midland | 2005 | ISBN: 1857802020 | 160 Pages | PDF | 98 MB The Fencer, with its distinctive three-position variable-geometry wings, is the Soviet counterpart to the American F-111, though somewhat smaller and lighter, and to a lesser extent the Tornado. Its origins certainly owed a lot to Soviet observation of the American TFX competition and the resulting swing-wing variable-geometry solutions. First flown in 1971, it entered service from 1974 as a replacement for the Yak-28 and remains an important part of the Russian VVS inventory, with several hundred having been in service. It is able to carry a wide range of air-to-surface missiles and is capable of carrying out precision attacks in hostile airspace at night or during poor weather. Much larger and more capable than previous Soviet aircraft, it combines great penetrative ability with a heavy and varied bomb load, but is such a versatile airframe that it has also been developed in various other versions including tactical bomber, electronic warfare and reconnaissance. An usual with the Aerofax series there will be extensive detail of systems, equipment and weapons and a plethora of previously unpublished photographs and drawings.
Fokker Aircraft of World War One Fokker Aircraft of World War One By Paul LeamanPublisher: Crowood Press 2001 | 192 Pages | ISBN: 1861263538 | PDF | 43 MB Fokker Aircraft of World War One tells the story of one of conflict's most famous aircraft companies. From the Fokker Spinne of 1912, through to the Fokker D.VIII of 1918, and taking in such famous types as the Eindekker, D.VII and Dr.I triplane, Paul Leaman describes the aircraft as well as the men that flew and designed them. The author has spent many years researching ad writing about Fokker aircraft, and has put this wealth of experience into this very welcome addition to the Crowood Aviation series. It will appeal to enthusiasts, modellers and historians alike.About the AuthorPaul Leamen has a life-long interest in aviation and has concentrated on World War One aircraft since the 1960s - his particular interest is the Fokker Dr.I triplane. Paul was a founder member of the First World War Aviation Historical Society and currently is Executive Vice President and Managing Editor of Cross and Cockade, its quarterly journal. Resident - Wetherby, Yorks letitbit
Aviation in the United States Army 1919-1939 Aviation in the United States Army 1919-1939 By Maurer MaurerPublisher: United States Government Printing 1987 | 666 Pages | ISBN: 0912799382 | PDF | 107 MB Historians generally agree that the birth of American air power occurred in the two decades between the world wars, when airmen in the U. S. Army and Navy forged the aircraft, the organization, the cadre of leadership, and the doctrines that formed a foundation for the country to win the air war in World War II. Nearly every scholarly study of this era focuses on these developments, or upon the aircraft of the period; very few works describe precisely what the flyers were doing and how they overcame the difficulties they faced in creating air forces. In this detailed, comprehensive volume, Dr. Maurer Maurer, retired senior historian of the United States Air Force Historical Research Center, fills this void for land-based aviation. letitbit
Arab Air Forces Arab Air Forces (Aircraft Specials series 6066) By Charles StafracePublisher: Squadron/Signal Publications 1994 | 52 Pages | ISBN: 0897473264 | PDF | 19 MB Algeria won independence from France on 3 July 1962 after a long and violent struggle for freedom which had started in 1954. At the peak of the Algerian war. France had deployed no less than 800 aircraft and a million troops to the colony.On independence, Algeria established an air arm with the assistance of Egypt which donated eighteen Gomhouria primary trainers. Owing to President Ben Bella's socialist tendencies, the Soviet Bloc agreed to Algeria's requests and East European technicians arrived in November of 1962 to set up an embryo air force consisting of Five MiG-l5UTl jet trainers, six 11-14 transports and ten Mi-4 helicopters donated by the USSR. Two Beech D 18S light transports were purchased for the per sonal use of President Ben Bella.During 1963, a brief border war with Morocco, over an iron ore-rich territory, reminded Algeria of its vulnerability. The following year a program for the procurement of more military hardware and the re-acti vation of ex-French airfields was started.. Aircraft supplied from the Soviet Union during 1964/65 included four 11-18 transports, eight Il-I4s. seven An-I2 transports, twenty MiG-15bis fighters, thirty MiG-17F fighters, twelve 11-28 bombers and three Mi-1 helicopters. Training of Algerian air crews was undertaken in Egypt and China, while Egyptian instructors trained Algerian crews on the newly activated air bases.In 1965, a military coup resulted in the replacement of Ben Bella's regime by a more moderate government. Over time, the former ties with the USSR were renewed. The Soviets, eager to balance the strong U.S. presence at Wheelus Air Base in Libya, agreed to the new Algerian gov ernment's requests for additional military aircraft. During 1966 the Soviets delivered more MiG-17Fs and Il-28s, along with the first six of thirty-seven MiG-21F Fishbed C fighters and twenty Mi-4 helicopters, half of which were equipped with armament for the ground attack role. Most aircraft within the Algerian Air Force were, however, still being flown by foreign pilots, due to a shortage of trained Algerian personnel. letitbit
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(UAEAF) is the air force of the (UAE). Its predecessor was established in 1968, when the Emirates were still under British  rule. 
British Aeroplanes Before the Great War British Aeroplanes Before the Great War (Schiffer Aviation History) By Mike Goodall, Albert TaggPublisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd 2001 | 300 Pages | ISBN: 0764312073 | PDF | 65 MB Goodall (Brooklands Museum of Motor Racing and Aviation) and Tagg (formerly of Hawker Aircraft Ltd.) present the history of British pre-World War I aircraft, a remarkable period in aviation history. The text and 900-plus b&w photographs reveal details not only about the aircraft manufactured by Sopwith, Shorts, Bristol, and others), but also about letitbit
Cold War at 30,000 Feet: The Anglo-American Fight for Aviation SupremacyCold War at 30,000 Feet: The Anglo-American Fight for Aviation Supremacy By Jeffrey A. EngelPublisher: Harvard University Press 2007-03-31 | 384 Pages | ISBN: 0674024613 | PDF | 2 MBListen to a short interview with Jeffrey A. EngelHost: Chris Gondek | Producer: Heron & CraneIn a gripping story of international power and deception, Jeffrey Engel reveals the "special relationship" between the United States and Great Britain in a new and far more competitive light. As allies, they fought communism. As rivals, they locked horns over which would lead the Cold War fight. In the quest for sovereignty and hegemony, one important key was airpower, which created jobs, forged ties with the developing world, and, perhaps most importantly in a nuclear world, ensured military superiority.Only the United States and Britain were capable of supplying the post-war world's ravenous appetite for aircraft. The Americans hoped to use this dominance as a bludgeon not only against the Soviets and Chinese, but also against any ally that deviated from Washington's rigid brand of anticommunism. Eager to repair an economy shattered by war and never as committed to unflinching anticommunism as their American allies, the British hoped to sell planes even beyond the Iron Curtain, reaping profits, improving East-West relations, and garnering the strength to withstand American hegemony.Engel traces the bitter fights between these intimate allies from Europe to Latin America to Asia as each sought control over the sale of aircraft and technology throughout the world. The Anglo-American competition for aviation supremacy affected the global balance of power and the fates of developing nations such as India, Pakistan, and China. But without aviation, Engel argues, Britain would never have had the strength to function as a brake upon American power, the way trusted allies should.mirror
Aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Force D. Duxbury, R. Ewing, R. MacphersonAircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air ForceHeinemann | 1987 | ISBN: 0868634123 | 66 pages | PDF | 58 Mb This book is expanded and updated version of New Zealand Military Aircraft 1913-1977, which was written by the authors and published in 1977. DepositFilesRapidshare
Boeing B-52: A Documentary History Walter J. Boyne - Boeing B-52: A Documentary HistoryJane's Publishing Company | 1982 | ISBN: 0710601220, 0531037347 | 162 pages | PDF | 81.44 MB Conceived in 1948, first flown in 1952 and projected still to be in front-line service in the 21st century, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is one of the most extraordinary aircraft in history. Here is the book to do justice to the story of the development and operational career of this legendary bomber. Rapidshare
Sukhoi Su-24 (Russian Aircraft in Action) Yefim Gordon - Sukhoi Su-24Polygon Press | 2003 | ISBN: 1932525017 | 82 pages | PDF | 105.51 MBRussian Aircraft in Action As the need arose to replace the Yakovlev Yak-28 Brewer making up the backbone of the Soviet Air Force's tactical bomber fleet since 1960, the Sukhoi Design Bureau began development of a twinjet tactical bomber known in-house as the T-6. The first prototype (called T6-1) flew in June 1967, featuring delta wings and four lift-jets buried in the fuselage to improve field performance. However, the weight penalty imposed by the lift-jets was deemed unacceptable and the aircraft was radically reworked to feature variable-geometry wings, becoming the Soviet counterpart to the General Dynamics FB-111. The resulting T6-21 entered flight testing in May 1970, subsequently entering production and service as the Su-24. The bomber underwent a progressive refinement and development process, spawing dedicated reconnaissance and ECM variants. To this day, the Su-24 remains the principal Russian tactical bomber. Apart from deployment in East Germany and Poland in the Cold War days, the type has participated in "hot" conflicts as the Afgan War and the First Chechen War. Depositfiles Rapidshare