I enjoyed reading this book.
...There is a lot going on here and the breathless descriptions of air combat and rescues at sea really work for me. Mr Thomas has done a first rate job and I hope his book does well. He has latched on to a man who deserved having a balanced and respectful biography for the modern reader.
It will do much for patriotic Canadians as well, but we should all admire George Frederick Beurling wherever we happen to reside. He was the real deal.
War History Online
The author has done some fine research into these interesting 'X-craft' and their prototypes...
... This is a fascinating collection of information, and the author must have spent years assembling the data as so much original material was destroyed or taken away by the victorious allies and as he mentions, hidden away on various archives so that it is now pretty much impossible to unearth. For reference on the many and varied aircraft types designed under the banner of the Third Reich, this is just packed with interesting information for the aircraft historian, modeller and enthusiast.
Military Modelling - Robin Buckland
Number 6 in the Flightcraft series of soft cover books from Pen and Sword, and another interesting subject from author Yefim Gordon. Based on the Ilyushin Il-76 transport, the Ilyushin design bureau worked with Beriyev who created the airborne radar system to couple with the Ilyushin airframe and thus create the Ilyushin/Beriyev A-50, with a NATO reporting name of 'Mainstay', an AWACS system equivalent to the Boeing 707 based E-3 Sentry used by NATO from the same period. The benefit of the larger airframe allowed the Russian made equipment to be fitted in easily, as the Russian equipment at that time tended to be physically larger than the NATO equivalent. So the book follows the usual format of this Flightcraft book series and after the basic introduction goes into the development story in detail, in 'Enter the Bumblebee, covering those built for use by the Russian military. The next section moves on to export customers and variants, which include India, China and even a couple to Iraq.. Read more