British Ground-Attack Aircraft of the 1970s and '80s
...from Key Publishing, via Pen & Sword
Title: British Ground-Attack Aircraft of the 1970s and '80s
Author: Chris Goss
Publisher: Key Publishing
This small-format 96-page soft-cover book is the third of a set covering RAF aircraft of this period (the others cover Fighters - Lightning and Phantom, and Bombers - Buccaneer and Vulcan). This one features the early variants of both the Jaguar and the Harrier.
After the Forward and the Introduction which set the scene, the rest of the book is filled with a collection of super images taken by the late David Howley, coupled with detailed captions thanks to the author, telling us more about the individual aircraft seen in the photos. The Jaguar includes the single seat Gr.I and GR.IA as well as the two-seat T.2 and T.2A. Most are in the standard green/grey camouflage plus a few in the 'Raspberry Ripple' colours of the Empire Test Pilots School. The second half of the book features the Harrier, again featuring the early versions, the GR.1, the laser nosed GR.3 and the Royal Navy FRS.1. Throughout the book, the captions tell us about the individual aircraft as they are pictured. Some were lost in accidents, sometimes with the loss of their crews, while others survive in various museums and a few in private hands.
Included within both sections there are a number of pictures which provide detailed close-ups of the individual squadron marking, so in addition to ex-RAF personnel and aviation enthusiasts, I am sure many aircraft modellers will really like the detail to be seen in this fine collection of colour and black & white photographs.
Thanks to Pen & Sword for the review copy, as they are distributors for these Key Publishing books.