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Reconnaissance Planes Since 1945 From Jacks to Joysticks The French Air Force in the First World War Air War Over North Vietnam

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Arctic Convoys 1941-1945 Duel Under the Stars RAF In Camera: 1970s Airlines at War

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Lockheed F-104 Starfighter Echoes from Dawn Skies The Hawker Hunter Night Fighter

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In the news… ‘Spitfire Girl’ Mary Ellis

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Mary Ellis is the last surviving female pilot from World War Two. The 101-year-old joined the Air Transport Auxiliary after hearing an advertisement for women pilots on BBC radio. She was responsible for delivering Spitfires and bombers to the front line. She now wants to encourage young women to get involved in flying. Watch the BBC News report here.

A Spitfire Girl – One of the World’s Greatest Female Ferry Pilots Tells Her Story by Melody Foreman, published by Frontline Books.

About the book: We visualise dashing and daring young men as the epitome of the pilots of the Second World War, yet amongst that elite corps was one person who flew no less than 400 Spitfires and 76 different types of aircraft – and that person was Mary Wilkins. Her story is one of the most remarkable and endearing of the war, as this young woman, serving as a ferry pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary, transported aircraft for the RAF, including fast fighter planes and huge four-engine bombers. On one occasion Mary delivered a Wellington bomber to an airfield, and as she climbed out of the aircraft the RAF ground crew ran over to her and demanded to know where the pilot was! Mary said simply: ‘I am the pilot!’ Unconvinced the men searched the aircraft before they realised a young woman had indeed flown the bomber all by herself.

After the war she accepted a secondment to the RAF, being chosen as one of the first pilots, and one of only three women, to take the controls of the new Meteor fast jet. By 1950 the farmer’s daughter from Oxfordshire with a natural instinct to fly became Europe’s first female air commandant.

In this authorised biography the woman who says she kept in the background during her ATA years and left all the glamour of publicity to her colleagues, finally reveals all about her action-packed career which spans almost a century of aviation, and her love for the skies which never falters. She says: ‘I am passionate for anything fast and furious. I always have been since the age of three and I always knew I would fly. The day I stepped into a Spitfire was a complete joy and it was the most natural thing in the world for me.’

Anniversary event – 28 April 2018

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Join The Buccaneer Aviation Group to mark the 60th anniversary of the first flight of Blackburn NA.39 XK486, the prototype Buccaneer, on Saturday, 28 April 2018. Wing Commander David Herriot will be attending the event and signing copies of his book The Adventures of a Cold War Fast Jet Navigator – The Buccaneer Years on The Aviation Bookshop stand. Email michaelovers@btinternet.com to book your ticket. Find The Buccaneer Aviation Group on Facebook and Twitter.

About the book: David Herriot served almost 40 years in the Royal Air Force as a navigator, first on the Buccaneer S2 and subsequently on the Tornado GR1. This volume recounts his early career operating the Buccaneer on three operational flying tours plus a tour as an instructor on the Operational Conversion Unit. With almost 2500 hours on an aircraft that was operated at high-speed, in all weathers and at ultra low-level, his task in the rear seat was a demanding one. But Herriot was more than just the guy in the back of a Buccaneer; he was, quite routinely, and often to the exasperation of his seniors, the life and soul of any party that was taking place either at home base or when overseas defending the flanks of NATO.

This is an epic adventure for the aviation enthusiast, particularly those with affection for the Blackburn Buccaneer, and is one that provides a great deal more than the usual introduction to a specific aircraft type and the people who flew it. Here the reader will find an absolute insight into life on a fast jet squadron, at work and mischievous play during the Cold War and they will be introduced to some of the modern Royal Air Force’s greatest characters.

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RAF In Camera: 1970s Flight Craft: Avro Lancaster 1945-1965 The Royal Air Force in the Cold War, 1950-1970

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RAF In Camera: 1950s Dambuster Crash Sites The RAF Air Sea Rescue Service 1918-1986

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