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): -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.
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.
Bristol Scout - Rebuilding History - DVD - A fascinating documentaryRegular price £12.50 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): -Infinity%
Phoenix Squadron. Author Rowland WhiteRegular price £9.99 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): -Infinity%
'January 1972: the tiny outpost of British Honduras is threatened with imminent invasion by battle hardened, US trained Guatemalan paratroops. Britain's response must be immediate and decisive. But there is only one deterrent that the government can offer: HMS Ark Royal, once the Navy's most powerful warship, now a white elephant on the verge of being scrapped.'
'Drawing on extensive first-hand accounts and previously unseen, classified documents, Rowland White has pieced together one of the most audacious and thrilling missions of British military history'.
'Combine pulse-pounding tension with riveting detail. If only all military history was written like this' - Andy McNab.
Air War in the Falklands 1982. Author Christopher ChantRegular price £13.99 Save 0%
The Air War in the Falklands was another classic example of the importance of aerial superiority. How was that achieved? The numbers, the weapons, the equipment, the tactics and the people are all looked at in detail in this authoratitive book.
'Wings' Series. Navy, Luftwaffe & Weird and Wonderful. Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown. CBE DSC AFC RNRegular price £34.95 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): -Infinity%
The Merlin EH (AW) 101. Author Rich PittmanRegular price £14.99 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): -Infinity%
Winkle Brown - A Pilot's Story & Whittle - The Jet Pioneer. 2 DVD packageRegular price £31.90 Sale price £27.00 Save 15%
The Jet Pioneer. 'Whittle' and 'jet' are almost synonyms. Frank Whittle was a brilliant pilot, but it was as a mathematician and engineer that he truly excelled. He was someone who saw potential for development using innovation and elegant simplicity, where others only saw improvement by further complication. Sadly the development of his jet engine was slowed by people with less imagination. Ultimately his contribution to aero engineering and the implications for changing how the world functioned, was immense.
This richly illustrated DVD is an extended version of the documentary made for the History Channel and includes a wealth of information, interviews and archive footage.
Duration 93 mins.
Eric Brown - A pilot's story. The title says it all. An 80 minute DVD is barely able to do justice to the fascinating story of a man who had an extraordinary life. Winkle contributed so much to the development of aviation in general, and naval aviation in particular, in the 20th century. He holds numerous 'firsts', is credited with over 2400 carrier landings (no one else has come close) and his record of 487 different types of aircraft flown will never be broken.
The Fleet Air Arm - An Illustrated History by Alan KeyRegular price £29.95 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): -Infinity%
This large size hardback book is a mine of information about the Fleet Air Arm from its conception to the 21st century. Lavishly illustrated, it's a must for anyone with an interest in British Naval Aviation. An excellent reference book that captures not only the history, but also the spirit of the Fleet Air Arm.
The Lonely Sky and Sea - poems by Jack ThomasRegular price £7.99 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): -Infinity%
Jack Thomas flew from MAC ships and his log book includes W5856 - one of the Swordfish that is cared for in the Navy Wings hangar. Jack's poetry captures both the excitement and fear of battle and the peace and tranquility of the ordinary, made not so ordinary, by his observation and combat heightened perception.
Also available signed by the author who sadly passed away this year (2017).
In Somerset Skies By Colin CruddasRegular price £15.99 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): -Infinity%
Golden Wings and Navy Blue. Author John FayRegular price £8.95 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): -Infinity%
Wartime experiences in fixed wing aircraft, involvement with early operational helicopters and ultimately a test pilot at Westland. Trials and tribulations, near misses all featured in a fascinating career. Written in a conversational style, this book packs in all sorts of facts and fascinating personal insights into the life of a Fleet Air Arm pilot both during and post WWII.
Channel Dash (Operation Fuller) printRegular price £15.00 Save 0%
The Channel Dash is famous for the extraordinary bravery shown by Swordfish Crews as they attempted to sink elements of the German Fleet as they sped up the channel.
This image captures the frantic efforts of aircraft and ships against overwhelming odds.
The artist, RJ Mitchell, was a young 18 year old telegraphist serving on MTB 48 during the Channel Dash and is shown standing on the deck to starboard of the bridge with a rifle.
(600mm x 480mm)
I sank the Bismarck - Lt Cdr John 'Jock' Moffat and Mike RossiterRegular price £13.99 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): -Infinity%
Written by the man whose torpedo attack assisted in the sinking of the Bismarck. The story of a young pilot facing the gritty reality of war in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean. Not so much a ripping yarn as a sobering narrative. A fascinating insight.
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): -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.
The Churchill Scheme - The Royal Naval Special Entry Cadet Scheme 1913-1955 - John H BeattieRegular price £19.99 Sale price £9.99 Save 50%
An idea inspired by Winston Churchill in 1912 who was aware of the shortage of Lieutenants to man the burgeoning RN Fleets. The scheme was large both in vision and organisation with many establishments both ashore and afloat and it later expanded to provide training for the navies of Britain's dominions.
The book holds an incredible amount of detail and is something of a snap shot of Britain's Navy and what was expected of it at that time.
Up In Harms Way - Flying With The Fleet Air Arm By Commander R.M 'Mike' CrosleyRegular price £12.99 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): -Infinity%
Heaven High Ocean Deep, by Tim Hillier-GravesRegular price £19.99 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): -Infinity%
The first full history of the 5th Fighter Wing who fought many prolonged, intensive aviation battles with the Japanese in the Indian Ocean and then the Pacific, from April 1944 to August 1945.
The story told in this book is about the exceptional group of young men, from Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Holland and South Africa who, with their American-built Hellcats, were in the thick of the action, providing a hard, professional core to this fighting fleet that few would equal.
Although its operational history is second to none, this was only achieved by the sacrifice and endurance of the men who flew many dangerous missions and daily lived with the spectre of a searing death.
British Aircraft Carriers. Design, Development and Service Histories. Author David Hobbs.Regular price £45.00 Save 0%
Navy Wings Pop Art Posters - Classic Aircraft - Exciting DesignsRegular price Sale price £1.20 Save 0%
Women In Aviation By Julian HaleRegular price £7.99 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): -Infinity%
This title explores the scope of women's activities in aviation, from the time of the Wright Brothers to the present day. After highlighting the earliest female aviators, as well as the trailblazers of the inter-war period such as Amy Johnson and Amelia Earhart, the book goes on to examine the experience of women in aviation during the Second World War, including the American Women Airforce Service Pilots and those flying with the Air Transport Auxiliary. The post-war years are also covered and the title emphasizes the growth in women's participation in civil and military spheres of aviation -- by the last decades of the twentieth century, women had progressed even further, undertaking many of the jobs previously reserved for men, including space flight and combat flying. From the earliest women to obtain pilot's licenses to the female astronauts of the modern day, this is a concise introduction to the development of American and British women's roles in aviation.
World War II Fighter Planes Spotter's Guide By Tony HolmesRegular price £7.99 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): -Infinity%
THE WORLD WAR II FIGHTER PLANES SPOTTER'S GUIDE answers all of these questions and more, providing essential information on over 90 legendary aircraft, from the celebrated Spitfire to the jet-powered Me 262. Featuring full-colour artwork to aid recognition, as well as all the details you need to assess their performance, this is the perfect pocket guide to the Allied and Axis fighters of World War II.
- Publication Date: 4 Feb 2021
- ISBN: 9781472848512
- Format: Paperback
- Number of Pages: A whopping 288!
Stringbags in Action. Taranto 1940 and Bismarck 1941. Author: Vice Admiral B.B. SchofieldRegular price £19.99 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): -Infinity%
After the rapid developments in tactics and technology of WWI, the Fleet Air Arm languished during the inter-war years. Immediately upon commencement of hostilities in WWII, they immediately rose to the new challenges. These two famous actions encapsulate the remarkable spirit and endeavour of a military arm that has so often been a world leader.
The British Carrier Strike Fleet after 1945. Author David HobbsRegular price £35.00 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): -Infinity%
Since 1945 British carrier borne aircraft have been almost continuously in numerous conflicts from through Korea, Egypt, the Persian Gulf, South Atlantic, East Africa and the Far East. This is the story of how politics and martial expediency have worked together, but not always as easy bed fellows.
Taranto 1940. Author Angus Konstam.Regular price £14.99 Save 0%
The Fleet Air Arm action at Taranto was a ground breaking initiative. Beyond being very successful in damaging the Italian Fleet it turned the balance of power in the Mediterranean in favour of the British and thus changed the course of the war in North Africa. As the blueprint for the attack on Pearl Harbour, it ultimately changed the course of global history. The book is copiously illustrated with illustrations and photographs and details of the plans and there execution.
The Gazelle By David OliverRegular price £14.99 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): -Infinity%
The Aerospatiale / Westland Gazelle is one of the longest serving and most successful reconnaissance and light attack helicopters. The Gazelle soon made an impression with its high speed, smooth looks and design innovations such as the Fenestron ducted tail rotor and composite main rotor blades. In this readable book, aviation expert David Oliver tells the full story of the development of the Gazelle as well as its various air force, military and naval roles and deployments.