Bill Gunston 

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Modern Air Combat

Bill Gunston - Modern Air Combat

A great book for newcomers to air combat, very clearly written and illustrated.

The master is back, this time teamed up with Mike Spick to bring us an entertaining overview of the sport we love so much! The first third of the book explains aerodynamics, propulsion, electronic warfare. The technologies used are explained and illustrated in hundreds of diagrams, graphs, illustrations and colour photographs.

Section Two profiles aircraft from the Aeritalia AM-X to the Yak 36. Aircraft after 1983 are not covered but it's surprising how few of the types in service today are not included.

The third section on Air Combat Tactics is one of the best primers I've read on the subject and generously illustrated. A class act!

Alert! Amazon has second hand copies available from USD $4.95.

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Basic Fighter Maneouvres are shown in ribbon diagrams


Goodyear ALE-39 fires chaff, flares and holds jammer cartridges.

F-16 wing profiles change according to the current flight regime.
F-16 wing profiles change according to the current flight regime.


F-16 HOTAS: the sidestick controller

			 Shafrir 2, an Israeli Infra Red missile similar to the AIM-9 Sidewinder.
Shafrir 2, an Israeli Infra Red missile similar to the AIM-9 Sidewinder.

Rockets and Missiles

There's a lot more to the world of missiles than a Sidewinder and Maverick! This masterly and entertaining tome covers Tactical and Strategic weapons, Air to Air, Air to Ground,Ground to Air ... all the permutations in his usual authorative and amusing style.

In 1940, Miles Aircraft proposed a cheap flying bomb, the Hoopla Flying Bomb, the ministry of aircraft production (UK) showed no interest.
In 1940, Miles Aircraft proposed a cheap flying bomb, the ministry of aircraft production (UK) showed no interest.

AIM-9 Sidewinder
AIM-9 Sidewinder being handled into place.

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