Fabled Fifteen – Thomas McKelvey Cleaver

Review by Stuart Forth. The Pacific theatre of the Second World War is not my normal area of interest and my knowledge of the battles and geography of the Pacific are patchy at best. However, on reading the blurb for Fabled Fifteen, I was intrigued to learn more about Carrier Air Group 15 and the amazing... Continue Reading →

TOPGUN – Brad Elward

Review by Takis Diakoumis. The Legends of Warfare series from Schiffer Publishing has continued to raise the bar on shorter form pictorial military histories through its Ground, Naval and Aviation studies. This latest one by Brad Elward covers the storied birth and evolution of the legendary US Navy Fighter Weapons School – TOPGUN.  The story of TOPGUN... Continue Reading →

Triumph in the Skies – Dan Dorseif

Review by Charles Page. As author/pilot Dan Dorseif exclaims, ‘The 727 had proven itself to be an extremely reliable jet, straight out of the box!’ In fact it performed seven percent better than book figures and, with its short field ability, introduced the jet age to domestic travellers. Passengers loved its quiet cabin, while for... Continue Reading →

Coffee, Tea or Turbulence – Bruce W. Orriss

Review by Nicholas A. Veronico. Coffee, Tea, or Turbulence could also be titled ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ of airliner movies. The airliner melodrama genre gave us some good movies and some real turkeys, and fifty films are reviewed in Bruce Orriss’s latest volume.  The book begins with 1933’s Air Hostess, starring Evelyn Knapp and... Continue Reading →

Chasing the Demon – Dan Hampton

Review by David Fredericks. Like many who share a passion for flight and military aviation, I have held a fascination since I was young as to the concept of the ‘speed of sound’ and how the intrepid aviators around the world during the years immediately after the end of World War II tried to tame... Continue Reading →

Republic F-84 – Ken Neubeck

Review by Takis Diakoumis. This recent addition to the rapidly growing Legends of Warfare series from Schiffer Publishing covers the classic early American jet and combat veteran from Republic, the F-84. Tracing the story of the F-84, author Ken Neubeck walks us through early experimental jet engines and the emergence of swept-wing designs. The F-84 was especially... Continue Reading →

Vickers VC10 & Super VC10 – Lance Cole

Review by Andrew Kitney. Having grown up visiting London’s Heathrow Airport as a kid, and watching the classic early jet airliners, I liked the look of this book as soon as it dropped through my mailbox. Presented in an easy-to-read, soft-cover book style, a quick flick through the pages had me hooked on just the... Continue Reading →

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