Postwar British Military Aircraft: A Colour Photographic Record from 1945-1970

Postwar British Military Aircraft: A Colour Photographic Record from 1945-1970


By (author) Tony Buttler


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  • Format: Hardback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 220mm x 287mm x 14mm | 798g
  • Publication date: 4 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Manchester
  • ISBN 10: 1857803299
  • ISBN 13: 9781857803297
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 232,495

Product description

In the two decades that followed World War 2, British designed and constructed military aircraft were still at the forefront of aviation technology. Today there is huge interest in this postwar, Cold War era, when Britain still had a strong military aviation industry which produced aircraft not only for the RAF and Royal Navy but for air forces around the world. Tony Buttler has been collecting rare color photographs of these aircraft over many years and this book will provide a complete photographic survey of all the manufacturers and the major aircraft in a variety of markings as well as many rare types and prototypes that flew. The photographs date from the late 1940s through to the 1960s, many of them taken at the airshows of the period, but also include air-to-air photographs. Aircraft shown include piston and jet, fighters and bombers, and range from the Mosquito, Lincoln, Spitfire, York and Beaufighter in the late 1940s or early 1950s to the Tempest, Fury, Shackleton, Hunter, Javelin, Sea Vixen, Swift, Hornet, Vulcan, Victor, Valiant, Vampire, Sunderland, Firebrand, Warwick, Saunders Roe flying boat, Firefly, the Black Arrows and so on. The book has an introductory text for each manufacturer, alongside documents giving official color descriptions of the aircraft. It includes a variety of previously unpublished color photographs with detailed captions, making this a work of reference, which will be of great interest to aviation enthusiasts and historians.

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Author information

Tony Buttler has been a full-time aviation historian for the last two decades, with numerous books and magazine articles published in this period. He has written several volumes in the 'Secret Projects' and Aerofax series for the Midland Publishing imprint, most recently Aerofax: Avro Vulcan (with Phil Butler) and American Secret Projects: Fighters and Interceptors 1945-78.