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The story of Douglas Bader, the RAF fighter pilot who shot down twenty enemy fighters during the Second World War despite having lost both his legs, defies fiction.Learn More
The new 2021 edition of this best-selling annual publication builds on the long history and heritage of the title. First published in 1950, this new edition is the 72nd outing of Civil Aircraft Markings. When it was first published all those years ago, the book quickly achieved the status it still retains as the go-to source for up-to-date information on the rapidly changing world of civil aviation.Learn More
The range of airmen who received the DFC and Two Bars, cover most of the ambit of WWII operations, be they fighter pilots, bomber pilots, night-fighter aircrew, aircrew navigators, engineers, etc, or reconnaissance pilots. Each has interesting stories, proving, if proof be needed, their gallantry in action.Learn More
Faithful reproduction of Guy Gibson's Flying Log Book, which covers the period of 15th November 1940 through to 16th September 1944. This iconic document features his flight mission for 16th/17th May 1943, the legendary 'Operation Chastise', which has gone down in history as the Dambusters Raid. Gibson led 617 Squadron on the raid and for his actions received the Victoria Cross.Learn More
Johnnie Johnson is a character literally straight out of the pages of ' Boys Own'. By the end of the Second World War the RAF Spitfire pilot was a household name in Britain, feted by Churchill and Eisenhower. Although he missed the Battle of Britain, when slow- flying bombers were abundant and easy targets for fighters, by 1945 he had notched up 381/2 enemy 'kills' - all fighters, which took far more skill to shoot down - and was officially the RAF's top-scoring fighter ace.Learn More
Britain has a wealth of museums of all sizes, all with incredible exhibits, yet only the 'big' collections tend to get the limelight. All over the UK are amazing aircraft collections, containing aircraft of world, national or regional importance, many of which the curators of the national institutions would love to have.
With region-by-region coverage, the backgrounds of the formative museums of Great Britain are highlighted along with the pedigrees of their most significant exhibits. Included are such icons as the de Havilland Aircraft Museum - home of the Mosquito; the Brooklands, Museum - headquarters of Sopwith, Hawker and Vickers; the Helicopter Museum - the world's largest rotorcraft collection and Solent Sky - shrine to flying-boats and the Spitfire.Learn More