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British Reconnaissance Aircraft of the 1970s and 80s (Paperback)

Aviation > Post-WWII Aviation Aviation > Reference P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 20th Century

By Chris Goss
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Historic Military Aircraft
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781802821970
Published: 5th April 2023



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This book explores the reconnaissance aircraft used by the British armed forces in the 1970s and ’80s, namely the Avro Shackleton, Hawker Siddeley Nimrod, Fairey Gannet and English Electric Canberra. The maritime patrol and airborne early warning (AEW) Shackleton was a descendant of the Avro Lancaster and Lincoln and was in service from 1951 to 1991. The Nimrod, based on the de Havilland Comet, was also a maritime patrol aircraft and served between 1969 and 2011. The Gannet first flew in 1949, but, during the period covered by this book, flew in the AEW role with just one Royal Navy squadron. Finally, the Canberra, which first flew in 1949, was used as a bomber and then mainly in the reconnaissance role. It was finally retired from the RAF in 2006. With over 180 black and white and colour photographs, this book, the fourth in a series covering British combat aircraft of the 1970s and ’80s, looks at the aircraft used in the reconnaissance or AEW roles.

A marvellous collection of photos.

Lots of detail in these pictures, which I am sure will interest aircraft enthusiasts, modellers and of course those ex-service personnel who may well see aircraft they once worked on/in.

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The author has provided information on each aircraft's fate when it is known, with several of these still being extant in museums.
Overall it is an interesting title and one that makes a nice addition to the series.

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