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Consolidated B-24 Liberator 1939 onwards (all marks): Owners’ Workshop Manual

22 October 2014

Consolidated B-24 Liberator 1939 onwards (all marks): Owners’ Workshop Manual

Consolidated B-24 Liberator 1939 onwards (all marks): Owners’ Workshop Manual, Graeme Douglas, 2013, ISBN 9780857331595, 160 pp., 250 color + 50 b/w

Consolidated B-24 Liberator 1939 onwards (all marks): Owners' Workshop Manual by Graeme Douglas with cover art by ...

Consolidated B-24 Liberator 1939 onwards (all marks): Owners’ Workshop Manual by Graeme Douglas with cover art by John Weal

The B-24 was one of the most produced aircraft of World War II — so much so it was produced in several factories. So it is no surprise that variations between factories existed and even more so as shortages of a gun turret type (one of two could be use in the nose) or autopilot etc.

The Owners’ Workshop Manual from Haynes again does not disappoint. The book is rich in how Liberators were made, how they flew (detailed information regarding operating and flying the Collins Foundation B-24 is included), illustrations and detailed insight.

Especially enlightening were the descriptions of the formation control stick, which way the nose wheel gear doors opened depending upon which nose turret was in use. This is a book which thankfully also explains the performance of the gun turrets which were so vital to the defense of Liberators.

If you want to know about the B-24 this is the book to get!

Seahawk Swathed in Purple

15 October 2014

Seahawk Swathed in Purple

Sikorsky SH-60F Seahawk bathed in gorgeous light — U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 2nd Class Nathan Laird

Sikorsky SH-60F Seahawk bathed in gorgeous light — U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 2nd Class Nathan Laird

 

Eric “Winkle” Brown — most accomplished pilot and now patron of The People’s Mosquito

14 October 2014

Eric “Winkle” Brown — most accomplished pilot and now patron of  The People’s Mosquito

The People's Mosquito

The People’s Mosquito

Captain Eric Brown, retired from the British Royal Navy (RN), is the most highly decorated living Fleet Air Arm pilot and owns the world record for the pilot with the most aircraft carrier landings at 2407 — which is nearly once each day for six years and seven months. But there is more, such as:

  • Has piloted 487 individual aircraft types which do not include individual variants
  • Pilot with the most aircraft carrier landings
  • First to land a twin engine aircraft on an aircraft carrier
  • First to land a tricycle gear aircraft on an aircraft carrier
  • First to launch a jet powered aircraft from an aircraft carrier
  • First to land jet powered aircraft on an aircraft carrier
  • First to land an aircraft on a flexible deck on an aircraft carrier
  • Fluent in German he flew many captured Luftwaffe aircraft including the Me 163 Komet, Me 262 Schwalbe, He 177 Greif, Ar 234 Schnellbomber and He 219 Uhu.
  • His combination of flying ability and ability to converse in German had him assigned to interview Werner von Braun, Herman Göring (Göering), Willy Messerschmitt, Ernst Heinkel and Kurt Tank.
Eric "Winkle" Brown Daily Record photo

Eric “Winkle” Brown (Knight Commanders Most Excellent Order of the British Empire about his neck and the ribbon closet to his heart on his right breast then, followed by the next two in order of importance, the Distinguished Service Cross and Air Force Cross) — Daily Record photo

There are pilots who have flown faster, higher or larger aircraft but none who have accomplished all of what is briefly described above (and there is more!) — so it is with humility as well as pride that he is now a patron of  The People’s Mosquito.

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The People’s Mosquito is a project to build an original Mosquito (with original data plate) for the public trust — and will be the sole flying Mosquito that is not privately owned. Check out the website, donate should you think the cause worthy as well as shop the available high-quality merchandise for unique gifts.

 

PRESS RELEASE – Capt. Eric “Winkle” Brown joins TPM as Patron

13 October 2014

Originally posted on The People's Mosquito:

PRESS RELEASE

Issued: 13th October 2014

Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown joins The People’s Mosquito as Patron

Capt. Brown Lossiemouth

Capt. Brown during his time as CO RNAS Lossiemouth, 1967

The People’s Mosquito, the UK’s DH.98 restoration-to-flight project, is honoured to announce that Capt. Eric “Winkle” Brown has graciously accepted its invitation to become the charity’s Patron.

To many, “Winkle” Brown will need no introduction, but for those who are less familiar with him, Capt. Eric Melrose “Winkle” Brown CBE, OBE, MBE, DSC, AFC, KCVSA, MA, PhD, Hon FRAeS, RN is a former Royal Navy officer and test pilot who, in testing 487 different types of aircraft, has flown more types of aircraft than any other pilot in history – a record unlikely to be broken. He also holds the world record for most aircraft carrier landings performed, completing 2,407, and is the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm’s most decorated living pilot.

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Avro Lancaster 1941 onwards All marks

13 October 2014

Avro Lancaster 1941 onwards All marks

Avro Lancaster 1941 onwards All marks: Owner’s Workshop Manual, Jarrod Cotter, 2008, ISBN 9781844254637, 160 pp.

Avro Lancaster 1941 onwards All marks: Owner's Workshop Manual by Jarrod Cotter with cover drawing by ...

Avro Lancaster 1941 onwards All marks: Owner’s Workshop Manual by Jarrod Cotter with cover drawing by J.H. Clark

Cotter’s authorship of this beloved aircraft lives up to the Lancaster’s reputation. Another of the Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual series this book includes what has become expected from this excellent series. History and design of the Avro Lancaster is addressed and quite well. The heart of the book is operating a Lancaster (the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight or BBMF) as well as the maintenance and costs — all are quite enlightening.

The pilot’s description of flying and navigating the BBMF’s Lancaster is impressive and insightful. Amazingly four sets of eyes are used when navigating as well as during the flypasts. The reading is riveting.

Photos of details abound as do line drawings with engine changes and fuel tank inspections explained by those who do the work. Other details surface which are known generally by only those who live with the Lanc.

This book wonderfully describes the Lancaster is all of its dimensions and, short of working on the Lanc as a volunteer, one cannot get to know it better.

 

The Medal of Honor: a history of service above and beyond

9 October 2014

The Medal of Honor: a history of service above and beyond

The Medal of Honor: a history of service above and beyond, Editors of Boston Publishing, 2014, ISBN 9780760346242, 304 pp.

Medal of Honor by the Editors of the Boston Publishing Company

Medal of Honor by the Editors of the Boston Publishing Company

 The USA’s highest military award is the Congressional Medal of Honor and its history as almost as varied as its recipients. There have been several versions of the medal, even a peacetime medal until the end of World War II, as well as changing criteria for awarding the medal as we know it today.

Remaining constant throughout the medal’s history is the selflessness displayed by the men and single woman awarded the Medal of Honor. Almost invariably each story involves fire and pain as well as desperate circumstance and diminished odds. The Medal of Honor illuminates war’s paradox of bringing the worst and the best out of people. The Medal of Honor also illustrates the wars the United States has fought since the inception of this most honored of medals with the Civil War and is current through June 2014. Each chapter succinctly and quite honestly describes the specific war, setting the context for the events leading to Medal of Honor awards. It is humbling to read of so many actions done by one person at a time to save a few.

Not all of the hundreds of Medal of Honor citations are found within the book, though all those awarded are specified, but dozens are and they are incredible each in their own way. Examples are: an airman manhandling a lit magnesium flare (burning at thousands of degrees) out of his aircraft; a cavalryman galloping to and fro in no man’s land under intense enemy fire for 20 minutes to retrieve an ammunition laden as well as very frightened mule; a sailor who bled to death spending his final 20 minutes saving his ship leading damage control efforts.

Editors of the Boston Publishing Company have produced a book worthy of these recipients. The Medal of Honor is a coffee table book with full color embossed Medals of Honor on the cover. The book can serve as a primary reference — due to its attention to detail and its excellent writing — it is as well at home on an officer’s desk as it is on a teacher’s desk as it is on the family coffee table.

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As is the publishing business custom, Zenith Press and On-line Bookstore provided a copy of this book for an objective review.

Lighter-than-Air flying with the Navy’s MZ-3

8 October 2014

Lighter-than-Air flying with the Navy’s MZ-3

Airship pilot Marty Chandler discussing the flight over Patuxent MD in the lighter-than-airship MZ-3A with Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder (Chief of Naval Research) — U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 3rd Class Abe McNatt

Airship pilot Marty Chandler discussing the flight over Patuxent MD in the lighter-than-airship MZ-3A with Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder (Chief of Naval Research) — U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 3rd Class Abe McNatt

The U.S. Navy formerly flew a great many lighter-than-aircraft yet operates a single manned one today through a contractor. The MZ-3 is a blimp produced by the American Blimp Corp. and is generally used for research purposes whether testing sensor payloads or investigating other research and development endeavors. Power is provided by a pair of Lycoming engines (180 hp each) making for a maximum speed of  just under 60 mph. The MZ-3 is 178 feet in length and can take 2500 pounds aloft 12 hours at a time.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and airpship pilot Marty Chandler converse while aloft in the MZ-3A – U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Comm Spec Sam Shavers

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus (R) and airship pilot Marty Chandler converse while aloft in the MZ-3A – U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Comm Spec Sam Shavers

 

Aboard the MZ-3A Senator Bill Nelson (also an astronaut) prepares to fly over Fernandina Beach FL – U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 2nd Class Adam Henderson

Aboard the MZ-3A Senator Bill Nelson (L) prepares to fly over Fernandina Beach FL with ground assistance provided by what appear to be identical twins – U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 2nd Class Adam Henderson

 

Ground crew address airship MZ-3A with Sen. Bill Nelson aboard (wearing the tie) in Fernandina Beach FL – U.S. Navy photo Lt. Cmdr. Corey Barker

Ground crew address airship MZ-3A with Sen. Bill Nelson aboard (wearing the red tie) in Fernandina Beach FL – U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Corey Barker

 

MZ-3A, the U.S. Navy's sole manned airship aloft and in flight over Patuxent River MD – U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams

MZ-3A, the U.S. Navy’s sole manned airship aloft and in flight over Patuxent River MD – U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams

 

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