This is a fine book, which contains some nice colour photographs, about bombers in service in the West during the early 1970's ( U.S.A.F., R.A.F., etc… ).
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The full story of a modern warplane's development has hitherto been obtainable only by piecing together contemporary press reports. This unique study by one of the world's foremost aerospace journalists is a complete biography of the Wests' principal post - war jet bombers. It is the inside story of why each plane was developed, what it was meant to do, why it came out the way it did, and how it has been used.
The politics as well as the technology of the decision - making are fully documented ; so are the problems, the disasters grave or wry, the brilliance - and now and then the sheer stupidity that can baffle planemaking as much as any other enterprise. The book ends with the North American Rockwell B - 1, the most formidable combat aircraft that any nation has yet devised.
William Tudor ’ Bill ’ Gunston O.B.E., F.R.Ae.S. ( March 1st, 1927 - June 1st, 2013 ) was born in London ( England ). He was educated at Pinner County Grammar School ( Middlesex, England ). In his spare time, he was Flight Sergeant in the school Air Training Corps Squadron and, for several months, the London Philharmonic Orchestra's librarian. On leaving school, ’ Bill ’ Gunston joined the Royal Air Force. He flew from 1943 to 1948, and was a flying instructor. He was sent to University College ( Durham, England ) from 1945 - 46 and then served as a pilot for three years, during which time he flew many types of aircraft, including the de Havilland Vampire jet fighter.
After leaving the R.A.F., ’ Bill ’ Gunston joined the staff of Flight International magazine, where, writing as ’ W.T.G. ’, he was appointed Technical Editor in 1955. From 1969, he was part of the production team on the annual publication Jane's All the World's Aircraft, editing the 2015 - 2016 edition. He was editor of Jane's Aero - Engines from 1995 to 2007.
’ Bill ’ Gunston spent most of his adult life doing research and writing on aircraft and aviation. He was the author of over 350 books and articles, such as : Early Supersonic Fighters of the West ( 1973 ), An Illustrated Guide to Allied Fighters of World War II ( 1981 ), An Illustrated Guide to Future Fighters and Combat Aircraft ( 1984 ), Mikoyan MiG - 21 ( 1986 ), Fighter ! A Pictorial History of International Fighter Aircraft ( 1997 ).
( source : Wikipedia )