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    DescriptionIt is perhaps difficult in the 21st century, when every military aeroplane movement, modification and colour scheme is minutely observed and widely reported, to appreciate the completely different attitude prevalent in 1939-45 amongst officials, servicemen and the public alike. Anything seen, heard or connected with work (and almost every activity contributed directly or indirectly to the country's war effort) was not discussed casually, and certainly not publicised.At places working on the latest and most advanced aircraft and weapons, the catchphrase of `Keeping Mum' was very rigidly observed and it was during these wartime conditions from 1939-45 that the work of the Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment Boscombe Down could, indeed be described as `The Secret Years'.It was at Boscombe Down that all land-and carrier-based aeroplanes intended for use by the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force, plus assorted exotic experimental aircraft, were flown and Tim Mason uses over 450 of the Establishment's own photographs to illustrate its unique function and countless achievements.After a flying career of nearly forty years (thirty in test flying), Tim Mason has retired to concentrate on his second love - writing about aeroplanes. He is well qualified to write about A&AEE, having spent six years as a test pilot during his time there between 1966 and 1976.

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    The Secret Years
    Flight Testing at Boscombe Down 1939-1945
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tim Mason
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 210 mm
    Height: 297 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 1,728 g
    ISBN 13: 9781902109145
    ISBN 10: 1902109147

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, HBLW
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKE
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.3
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    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
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    BIC subject category V2: HBW
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    LC classification: D
    B&T General Subject: 520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027140
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Libri: I-HM
    Abridged Dewey: 940
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1930
    DC22: 940.544941
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKE, BTH, JWMV3, 3JJH
    DC22: 629.134530941
    Illustrations note
    539 photographs/ illustrations
    Hikoki Publications
    Imprint name
    Hikoki Publications
    Publication date
    15 March 2011
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