"British Experimental Combat Aircraft of World War II" by Tony Butler

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    “British Experimental Combat Aircraft of World War II – Prototypes, Research Aircraft and Failed Production Designs”
    By Tony Buttler
    Hikoki Publications – 2012
    ISBN 9 781902 109244

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    I’ve always loved the various prototypes produced, especially during times of war. Some data is fairly easy to find such as those for the Luftwaffe, however others are not and I’ve had a hard time finding a comprehensive book on the ones for the British, until now. This book was published in 2012 and lists a lot of aircraft I’ve never heard or have seen from other sources. Most were built at least to the model stage; however a few are just drawings. One of the more interesting ones involved a no drag turret where the guns were totally held within; this made the turret appear to be about 10-12ft (3-4 meters) across.

    The book totals 268 pages divided into 35 Chapters, an Appendix, and plenty of photos and drawings.

    The Index is as follows:

    1 – Blackburn B.20 and B.40
    2 – Blackburn B.44
    3 – Blackburn B-48/Y.A.1 ‘Firecrest’
    4 – Boulton Paul P.92 and P.92/2
    5 – Bristol and Handley-Page B. 1/39 Bombers
    6 – Bristol Buckingham
    7 – de Havilland ‘Super Mosquito’
    8 – Fairey Spearfish
    9 – Folland Fo.108 and Fo.116
    10 – Folland Fo.117
    11 – Gloster F.5/34
    12 – Gloster F.9/37
    13 – Gloster E.28/39, E.5/42 and Rocket
    14 – Handley-Page HP.75 Manx
    15 – Hawker Hotspur
    16 – Hawker Tornado
    17 – Hawker P.1005 other Twin Engine Bombers
    18 – Hillson Bi-Mono and “slip-Wing’ Projects
    19 – Martin-Baker M.B.2
    20 – Martin-Baker M.B.3
    21 – Martin-Baker M.B.5
    22 – Miles M.20
    23 – Miles M.35, M.39 and M.39B Libellula
    24 – Napier-Heston Racer
    25 – Saunders-Roe A.37 ‘Shrimp’
    26 – Short S.31
    27 – Short S.35 Shetland
    28 – Short S.36 and other Four-Engine Bombers
    29 – Short S.38 Sturgeon Torpedo Bomber
    30 – Supermarine B. 12/36
    31 - Supermarine 322 ‘Dumbo’
    32 – Supermarine Spiteful and Seafang
    33 – Vickers 432
    34 – Vickers Windsor
    35 – Westland Welkin

    In addition the Appendix includes one-off modifications to production aircraft such as the Lancaster with saddle tanks to increase range.


    If you like odd and unusual aircraft, this is a great book to have.

    I give it 9 Test Pilots.
     
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    I recently got this book and it immediately became one of my favorites! A great book by any metric! Highly recommended and for a little over $30.00 bucks at Amazon, with free shipping, it's a win/win! Three words: GET IT NOW
     
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