USAFE Tactical Units

...in the UK in the Cold War 1950to 1992, from Fonthill Media

Title: USAFE Tactical Units
Author: Doug Gordon
Publisher: Fonthill Media
ISBN: 978-1-78155-860-7

In the United Kingdom in the Cold War, 1950 to 1992. A new 380-page hardcover book from Fonthill Media looking back at the units, their aircraft and airfields over the Cold War era. This will be new to many younger aviation enthusiasts, but for older readers like me, there will be lots of memories in here.
The story is told over 12 chapters, with stacks of archive photos, both black & white and colour, and if all that wasn't enough, add another 13 information packed appendices to that. The main chapters take us through unit by unit, including a variety of roles, not only Tactical Fighter Wings, but Bombardment Wing, Electronic Combat Squadron, Air Refuelling Squadron, a Tactical Fighter Training Aggressor Squadron and a Tactical Reconnaissance wing. Additionally, one on the Skyblazers display aircraft and another rounding up the various Temporary Deployments to the UK over the Cold War period. Airfields they used included Sculthorpe, Upper Heyford, Bentwaters and Woodbridge, not forgetting the two still in use at Mildenhall and Lakenheath. The old base at Alconbury is not in active use, but does remain in military hands, maintained as a stand-by base while Woodbridge is now used by the British Army. The aircraft featured are many and varied, from the F-86 Sabre, F-100 Voodoo, F-4 Phantom, F-111, A-10, F-5 and many others. The text itself contain the recollections of many personnel who recorded individual stories which breathe life into the events of the period
In the Appendices there is lots more to find, including details of the many different aircraft types fielded in the UK, their Support Aircraft, various Crises they had to weather (Hungarian Uprising, Cuban Missile, France leaving NATO etc) and more on the policy of Flexible Response. All round a fascinating read, and as I said at the outset, a reminder of lots of memories for some of us.
Thanks to Fonthill Media for our review copy.

Robin