the Bomber Aircraft POCKETBOOK

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This lovely pocketbook, which contains many photographs, depicts the various bomber aircraft in service around the world from 1914 to 1965.


Format 15 x 11 x 2 cm
Nbr. de pages 256
Finition Glued binding
Aviation belge No
Année d’édition 1964
Langue English
Etat du livre A little damaged
Auteur Roy Cross


The development of the bomber aircraft and its associated weapons, conventional and nuclear, has exerted an increasing influence on all our lives over the past half century. But forgetting for a moment the enormous destructive power of the bombs it carries, the present - day* bomber is of absorting technical interest as the culminating point of a 50 year - long process of engineering experiment and achievement.
( ... ) Excellent books have appeared recently on the history, analysis and achievements of air bombing, but none concentrates on the entire technical evolution of the carrying vehicle itself in all the major forces. That is the aim of this little book, which closely follows the pattern of previously published Fighter Aircraft Pocketbook. Together, these volumes give a graphic review of the growth of the two main tools of modern air power. ( ... )
* 1964.
Roy Cross

Roy Cross ( April 23rd, 1924 ) was born in Camberwell ( London, England ). On rainy days he would sit in a relative's conservatory ( " Aunty Nell " ) and read her books on art. 

1938 : with storm clouds gathering across Europe in the lead up to the Second World War, 14 years old Roy joined the Air Defence Cadet Corps ( later called the Air Training Corps ). Eventually, becoming a cadet in No. 343 Camberwell Squadron and promoted to Flight Sergeant for " general efficiency ". He also found he was a capable draughtsman and was engaged by the A.T.C. Gazette ( the Corps publication ). He was also selected to be No. 343 Squadron's lecturer on aircraft recognition. 

In April 1942, he applied to join the drawing office at Flight magazine. Managing Editor Geoffrey Smith while praising his work turned him down when he learnt that Roy was expected to get his call up in the next six months. Roy's poor eyesight meant he would not be able to enlist as aircrew, and he left the Air Training Corps. However, the sketches he had submitted a year ago were published in the A.T.C. Gazette. These were the first of many sketches and articles to appear in this publication. The same year, his first complete work : U.S. Army Aircraft - a fold out leaflet - was published after his eighteenth birthday. 

He illustrated for The Aeroplane and the Eagle comic. In 1952 he joined the Society of Aviation Artists, but it is for his work at Airfix which he is best known. 

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Founded in 1843 by Bradley Thomas Batsford ( 1821 - 1904 ), B.T. Batsford has a reputation in the subjects of fashion and design, embroidery and textiles, British heritage, and architecture. As part of this reputation, the publishing house hosts an annual competition for students of applied and fine arts called the Batsford Prize. Currently, B.T. Batsford is an imprint of Pavilion Books, a publishing company headquartered in London ( England ) with a specialty in illustrated books. ( sources : Wikipedia,, )
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