Wings of the Navy

Wings of the Navy


By (author) Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown

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  • Publisher: Hikoki Publications
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 214mm x 302mm x 30mm | 1,700g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Ottringham
  • ISBN 10: 1902109325
  • ISBN 13: 9781902109329
  • Illustrations note: over 300 b&w photographs and 100 colour profiles
  • Sales rank: 141,244

Product description

Carrier aircraft, since their beginning, have been a very special kind of machine and demand something equally special of the men who flew them. Landing on a pitching, bucking deck of a carrier, or catapulting over a plunging bow, shipboard aircraft and their pilots had to be exceptional. Often, the real characteristics of these assorted aircraft lie forgotten in the annals of time but Eric 'Winkle' Brown, the first naval officer to head the elite Aerodynamics Flight at Farnborough, records his cockpit experiences testing British and American carrier aircraft. Having enjoyed one of the most extraordinary careers in flying, Eric 'Winkle' Brown places on record the flying characteristics, good bad and indifferent, of a myriad of aircraft from the Fairey Swordfish and Albacore, Grumman Avenger and Panther to the Supermarine Seafire, Douglas Dauntless, North American Skyray, de Havilland Sea Vixen and Blackburn Buccaneer. Highly illustrated with cutaways, photographs and color profiles, "Wings of the Navy" makes a valuable contribution to aviation history and keeps the memory of these diverse and absorbing aircraft alive.

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