Aviation History Books

Aviation Reference Books

No Soviet aircraft modeller should be without this book.

Airfix Model World

The Flight Craft series combines a number of objectives. The subjects are reviewed as aircraft, an excellent selection of full colour images, many of them rare, illustrate the subjects in test and operation, detailed full colour drawings and b&w sketches show technical features and paint patterns, and model kits of the subjects are reviewed. For modellers and model engineers, the book will be particularly welcome, reviewing available kits from Russia and other countries, together with information on how to make the most of these kits.

Firetrench Reviews

This hardcover book of history and profiles gives some great inspiration for any modeller who is interested in an eye catching F-104. Dave Windle has done a great job of the colour profiles, and helpfully for modellers these do feature both side views of each one. Interesting read.

Military Modelling Magazine, Robin Buckland

Keith provides detailed chapters on the history of the Flight, the aircraft that currently makes up its number, and the people behind the aircraft. The book is also commendably up to date and features some wonderful air-to-air images of the BBMF's newest flyer. Overall, it's the definitive guide to one of the British airshow scene's most admired regulars.


By the title alone you know you will like this book and I am pleased to say it does not disappoint once you get inside. This one is a cracker from first to last. The author details the many test sites where development took place and it helps to illustrate the huge amount of effort that went into the growth of German air power.  The author draws our attention to the fact that while it could do next to nothing about the manufacturing power of it’s enemies the Luftwaffe made the huge mistake of developing too many types while not sticking to the manufacture of successful models. The book then turns into an illustrated directory of aircraft types. It details them alphabetically by manufacturer showing the types taken way beyond the drawing stage. For the majority this means finished machines, indeed many of which are the production types we all know. However, a great many others are a fascinating mix of concepts and competition designs which did not get beyond the prototype stage. Helicopters.. Read more