Around the World at 90 Knots: The Chipmunk Circumnavigation By Squadron Leader Bill Purchase MBERegular price £19.99 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): Computation results to '-Infinity'%
Generations of pilots cut their flying teeth in this very capable, much loved, but unsung aircraft.
Originally published by Squadron Leader Bill Purchase in 2000, this book describes Exercise Northern Venture as it really happened, constructed from Bill’s own personal diary and that of Ced Hughes, another of the participating Chipmunk pilots.
This newly revised edition, which coincides with the initiation of planning for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the de Havilland Chipmunk, comes just ahead of the type’s 75th anniversary on 22nd May 2021.
Whilst sticking closely to the original narrative this second edition has revised layout, some new photographs, and provides additional material describing some of the endurance testing involved, how planning was effected, traces all the aircraft involved to the present day and includes facsimiles of official records of the adventure not previously publicized.
Artificial Horizon Desk OrnamentRegular price £79.95 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): Computation results to '-Infinity'%
This is an unusual and beguiling item to have on a desk or bookshelf and it's very satisfying to see both the mechanism and needles in motion. A great way to remind yourself of your flying days.
Designed as a desk ornament, and mounted on a handmade wooden stand, a pair could easily be used as bookends.
Limited availability. These are handmade, so there may be a short delay in supply.
Dimensions: 17 x 19 x 13cms
Atlantic Escorts - Limited Edition print signed by WWII Swordfish crewRegular price £125.00 Save 0%
The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest and most complex campaign of WWII. Fairey Swordfish, launched from Escort carriers and MAC ships, played a huge part in winning that war. These wonderful aircraft, so well suited to the task, flew in all weathers and proved to be a superb deterrent to the German U boats, reducing allied ship losses to a minimum.
This limited edition print (250) shows Swordfish LS326 setting out on yet another cold patrol and has original signatures of veteran aircrew including those who flew in the Atlantic and one survivor of the Battle of Taranto.
It's a stunning image that will enhance any home and is an opportunity to own a piece of history. It is also a fitting tribute to the bravery of the pilot's and crew.
Supplied with certificate of authenticity.
MAC Ship Pilot – Stanley Brand
Swordfish pilot Sub Lt Stanley Brand joined 836 NAS and served on MAC ships Alexia and Empire MacColl. He is the author of Achtung! Swordfish! (and also pranged W5856 – another Swordfish in the Navy Wings Heritage flight!).
MAC Ship Observer – John Treble
Lt John Treble served in 826 NAS operating from Malta and North Africa before joining 836 NAS and serving aboard MAC ships Acavus, Empire McAndrew and Empire Mackay.
MAC Ship telegraphist air gunner – John McFarling
PO (Air) John McFarling served in 833 NAS and 836 NAS on the MAC Ships Miralda, MacAndrew and Rapana before moving o 758 NAS
MAC Ship Air Staff Officer – John Neale
Lt Cdr John Neale was awarded his DSC for his part in the attack on Taranto in 1940 while flying with 815 NAS. He then served with 823 NAS on the Malta run with HMS Furious and then 841 NAS where he earned a DFC for operations in the Channel.
Artist – Terrence Lee
Terrence Lee is a highly regarded artist who specialises in marine subjects and worked for a period at RNAS Yeovilton
Rapana was launched in April 1935 and was converted to Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MAC ship) in July 1943.
She displaced only 8000 tons (or 16,000 with a deep load). Almost 483 feet in length, she had a maximum beam of just 62 feet. She was equipped with a single 4inch QF (quick fire) gun, two single 40mm Bofors and six 20mm Oerlikons. She carried 3 Swordfish which were parked on deck as there was no hangar. She was reconverted to a mercantile tanker in 1945, renamed Rotula in 1950 and scrapped in Hong Kong in 1958.
Fairey Swordfish LS326
LS326 is one of the last two flying Fairey Swordfish aircraft in the world and is part of the Navy Wings Heritage Flight. Built by Blackburn in Sherburn in Elmet, she was delivered to the RN in 1943. She saw service in L Flight 836 NAS in MV Rapana between September and November 1943 and later in 836K Flight in MV Empire MacCallum during 1944. In 1959 she was used in the film ‘Sink the Bismarck!’.
Approx 59cm X 42cm
N.B. This item is supplied only as a print. The image with the frame is for illustration purposes only.
Azure & Silver Swordfish Cufflinks, Lapel Pins and setsRegular price £9.99 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): Computation results to '-Infinity'%
These decorative Swordfish cufflinks & lapel pin are a smart addition to any suit.
Made with a stunning azure enamel and highly detailed silver design they really do stand out from the crowd.
Bae Sea Harrier FRS 1/72 scale (AME).Regular price £14.95 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): Computation results to '-Infinity'%
Basic Observer Course and Basic Flying Training BadgeRegular price £7.50 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): Computation results to '-Infinity'%
We are lucky enough to have obtained a limited selection of terrific training course badges. Each course is unique, as indicated by its number, and these badges illustrate the humour of those who attended them. Some great graphics and very funny motto's.
List of motto's here...........
- 1/100 BOC - To The Back And Beyond
- 61 BOC - Propinare Et Procreare
- 62 BOC - To Be This Good Takes 31 Weeks
- 74 BOC - Reservoir BOCS
Battle of Britain: RAF Airfields - Ground attacks by James RobertshawRegular price £19.95 Sale price £16.95 Save 15%
...Britain's Defence's to Counter German Attacks in 1940.
This must surely be the definitive compendium of information about Britain's air defences to counter German attacks in 1940 and some of the attacks and activity (on both sides) that took place in those perilous times. It's just packed with information: Defence structure, strategy and resources; radar system; airfield defence and support; anti-aircraft provision; personnel; Luftwaffe organisation and resources; Allied and German intelligence services; personnel losses (ground and air); citations... It's rare to find a book crammed with so much information. In fact it's a veritable treasure trove - packed with diagrams and illustrations that will interest both the academic and anyone interested in history.
Includes records of attacks on Royal Naval Air Stations.
Battle of Taranto: Judgement Day (Airframe Extra No.4) by Patrick BranlyRegular price £7.95 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): Computation results to '-Infinity'%
Covers the events leading up to, during and after the Fleet Air Arm’s assault on the Regia Marina:
- Historical narrative by Patrick Branly
- Numerous period images
- Colour profiles by Richard J Caruana
- Publisher : Valiant Wings Publishing (7 Dec. 2015)
- Paperback : 64 page
- ISBN 978-0-9930908-7-5
Battle of the Atlantic Volume 1 1939-41 or Volume 2 1942-45 By Mark LardasRegular price Sale price £14.99 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): Computation results to '-Infinity'%
Battle of the Atlantic 1939-41: RAF Coastal Command's Hardest Fight Against the U-Boats - At the start of World War II, few thought the U-boat would be as devastating as it proved to be. But convoys and sonar-equipped escorts proved inadequate to defend the Allies' merchantmen, and the RAF's only offensive weapon was the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft. For RAF Coastal Command, the first two years of the war were the hardest. Although starved of resources, operating with outdated aircraft and often useless weaponry, they were still the only force that could take the fight to the U-boats.
This is the David-and-Goliath story of how RAF Coastal Command battled with outdated aircraft against the deadly U-boat fleet during the crucial first years of World War II.
Battle of the Atlantic 1942-45: The Climax of WW II'S Greatest Naval Campaign - As 1942 opened, both Nazi Germany and the Allies were ready for the climactic battles of the Atlantic to begin. Germany had 91 operational U-boats, and over 150 in training or trials. Production for 1942-44 was planned to exceed 200 boats annually. Karl Dönitz, running the Kriegsmarine's U-boat arm, would finally have the numbers needed to run the tonnage war he wanted against the Allies.
This second of these two volumes, explores the climactic events of the Battle of the Atlantic, and reveals how air power, both maritime patrol aircraft and carrier aircraft ultimately proved to be the Allies' most important weapon in one of the most bitterly fought naval campaigns of World War II.
Bismarck 80 Baseball CapRegular price £14.95 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): Computation results to '-Infinity'%
This quality baseball cap commemorates the brave crews who took part in the gallant attack on the Bismarck and crippled her, giving the the Royal Navy the opportunity to despatch the dangerous German raider.
This is a high quality item with fabric adjustment and sandwich peak for longevity. One size fits most.
Blackburn Buccaneer MK.2 S.2C Model Aircraft Fighter Jet A06021 AIRFIX® 1:72Regular price £24.99 Save 0%
The mighty Blackburn Buccaneer was made for the Royal Navy in the 1950's as an aircraft carrier based nuclear strike aircraft. The original Buccaneer S1 was underpowered and was soon replaced by the Rolls Royce Spey powered Buccaneer S2 which later became officially known as the Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer.
The Buccaneer was originally designed in response to the Soviet Union's Sverdlov-class cruiser construction programme. The Royal Navy used the Buccaneer to attack these ships by approaching at low altitudes below the ships radar horizon. The Buccaneer could attack using either a nuclear bomb or conventional weapons.
Specifications: L268mm x W186mm Pieces: 141 Skill Level 3
Age suitability: 8 years plus
Bravest of the Brave CollectionRegular price £6.95 Sale price £4.95 Save 29%
Commemorating the endeavour and achievements of the Fleet Air Arm.
Products include mugs, enamel badges, embroidered patch and keyring.
The Fleet Air Arm have numerous battle honours of which they are justly proud, but bravery isn't just about combat. Flying from moving ships at sea, often in appalling conditions, is courageous in itself without the added hazards of dangerous combat mission. During both world wars and in global conflicts since, Fleet Air Arm pilots have willingly and enthusiastically strapped themselves into their aircraft and taken off into all weathers and often against the odds.
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Bristol Scout - Rebuilding History - DVD - A fascinating documentaryRegular price £12.50 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): Computation results to '-Infinity'%
Britains Jet Age: From The Javelin To The VC10 By Guy EllisRegular price £14.99 Sale price £11.99 Save 20%
The Jet Age in Britain began with the Gloster E.28/39 and the Meteor fighter during the Second World War. At the end of the 1950s and the start of the 1960s, the next generation of British jet aircraft was beginning to come into service. This second generation began with the Gloster Javelin, the Sea Vixen and the very capable Canberra bomber, and included such iconic aircraft as the English Electric Lightning and the nuclear-capable V bombers (the Victor, the Valiant and the Vulcan) as well as airliners such as the BAC 1-11 and VC10.
In this book, aviation historian Guy Ellis looks at the development of this second generation of British jet aircraft.
Britains Jet Age: From The Meteor To The Sea Vixen By Guy EllisRegular price £14.99 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): Computation results to '-Infinity'%
The Jet Age began in Britain in May 1941 when the Gloster E.28/39, the first British jet aircraft, made its first flight. The first British jet fighter was the Gloster Meteor, which entered service with the RAF in 1944 and went on to serve with air forces all over the world, and the RAF never looked back. This was the start of the first generation of British jet aircraft, from the Meteor and the de Havilland Vampire in the years immediately after the Second World War through the ill-fated Comet airliner and the Hawker Sea Hawk in the 1950s to the Gloster Javelin, the start of the second generation in the 1960s. In this book, aviation historian Guy Ellis looks at the development of this first generation of British jet aircraft.
British Aircraft Carriers 1939-45. Author Angus Konstam.Regular price £9.99 Sale price £7.99 Save 20%
Following neglect in the inter war years, the Fleet Air Arm went from less than a handful of carriers in 1939 to 59 in the space of 6 years and battled the Axis powers in every theatre of war. The role they played, both offensive and defensive was significant in the British War effort. This book contains a myriad technical details and illustrations.
British Aircraft Carriers. Design, Development and Service Histories. Author David Hobbs.Regular price £45.00 Save 0%
British Escort Carriers 1941-45 By Angus KonstamRegular price £11.99 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): Computation results to '-Infinity'%
In 1941, as the Battle of the Atlantic raged and ship losses mounted, the British Admiralty desperately tried to find ways to defeat the U-Boat threat to Britain's maritime lifeline. Facing a shortage of traditional aircraft carriers and shore-based aircraft, the Royal Navy, as a stopgap measure, converted merchant ships into small `escort carriers'. These were later joined by a growing number of American-built escort carriers, sent as part of the Lend-Lease agreement. The typical Escort Carrier was small, slow and vulnerable, but it could carry about 18 aircraft, which gave the convoys a real chance to detect and sink dangerous U-Boats. Collectively, their contribution to an Allied victory was immense, particularly in the long and gruelling campaigns fought in the Atlantic and Arctic. Illustrated throughout with detailed full-colour artwork and contemporary photographs, this fascinating study explores in detail how these adaptable ships had such an enormous impact on the outcome of World War II's European Theatre.
British Isles Civil Aircraft Registers Quick Reference By Don Hewins - UKQR 2019Regular price £12.50 Sale price £5.00 Save 60%
Includes all British Isles current civil registers, military serials, museums and bases.
Produced in conjunction with Air Britain News.
British Legends Mugs & Coasters - Iconic British Naval Aircraft - NEW AIRCRAFT AVAILABLERegular price £9.95 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): Computation results to '-Infinity'%
The magnificent men and women of the Fleet Air Arm flew in some magnificent flying machines.
The British Legends collection includes awesome aircraft: Swordfish, Sea Fury, Sea Vixen, Sea Harrier, Sea King, Phantom, Wasp, Wessex, Lynx and Buccaneer..
Matching coasters also available in Atlantic grey or white.
Quality mug - Microwave and dishwasher safe.
British Legends Navy T Shirt - A choice of Classic AircraftRegular price £19.95 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): Computation results to '-Infinity'%
These high quality cotton T Shirts feature a modern image of the following aircraft: Sea Vixen, Swordfish, Sea Harrier, Sea King, Sea Fury, Buccaneer and Phantom.
We recommend washing and ironing inside out. This garment is machine washable.
British Legends: Sea Vixen FAW 2 70th Anniversary (Plastic Kit) 1/72Regular price £31.99 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): Computation results to '-Infinity'%
The Sea Vixen was the aircraft of British naval aviators for 20 years and the first in the world to have its Arrow wings which were foldable for use on aircraft carriers. In 1964, the Fleet Air Arm introduced FAW 2, a much-improved version of the Sea Vixen equipped with modern air-to-air missiles.
Highly detailed kit
Cockpit with many details
Extensive external loads
2021 70th anniversary of first flight
Authentic representation of the following versions:
DeHavilland Sea Vixen FAW2, 890NAS, RNAS Yeovilton, England, July 1971
DeHavilland Sea Vixen FAW2, 899NAS, HMS Eagle, November 1970
Ready to assemble plastic model kit requiring glue and paint to complete (not included).
- Build Skill Level: 4
- 131 Parts in total
- Model Dimensions (once built): 23.6 x 21.1cm
British Naval Aviation in World War II - The US Navy and Anglo-American relations. Authors Gilbert Guinn and G.H. BennettRegular price £29.95 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): Computation results to '-Infinity'%