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Early Jet Bombers, 1944–1954 (ePub)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Aviation > Post-WWII Aviation Aviation > WWII Photographic eBooks WWII > Photographic eBooks

Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Series: Images of War
File Size: 128.9 MB (.epub)
Pages: 157
ISBN: 9781526753908
Published: 23rd October 2019


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In a companion volume to his Early Jet Fighters: British and American 1944-1954, Leo Marriott describes, using over 200 archive photographs, the first decade in the development of the jet bomber. This was a time of intense technical innovation which transformed the design and capabilities of the bomber and gave birth to a range of classic military aircraft in the USA, Great Britain, France and the Soviet Union. The photographs take the story from the earliest jet bombers constructed in Germany towards the end of the Second World War to the successful designs both sides depended on through the first phase of the Cold War.

The pace of development was rapid and remarkable, from initial prototypes built in Germany – the Arado 234 and the Junkers Ju. 287 – to the fleets of advanced jet bombers like the British Canberra and V-bombers, the American B-47 and B-52 and the Soviet Il-28 Beagle and Tu-16 Badger. The images of the prototypes give a fascinating insight into the extraordinary technical challenges and the ambition and inventiveness of the designers and manufacturers who overcame them.

Leo Marriott’s vivid selection of photographs and his lucid historical narrative offer the reader an overview of a dynamic stage in the evolution of the design of military aircraft.

A brilliant reference for early jet bomber modellers. Although the images are in black and white, they are still very useful and fascinating. Same of the Russian bombers are enlightening and the French one’s… intriguing.

There are the usual subjects from Germany, Britain and USA and the information given along with the rare images are excellent.

Another beautiful edition to the Images of War series.

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Vintage Airfix

An interesting overview of early World War II bombers.

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Miniaturas JM

The strategic bomber, the result of an idea born between the two great world wars, lost its centrality in the aviation of the main powers of the Cold War with the introduction of long-range ballistic missiles. The plane that had to cross half the world and therefore had to have large dimensions, autonomy and armament, to be able to fly at high altitude and be difficult to intercept was slowly replaced by lighter and above all multirole bombers. However, some aircraft still remain operational from that era such as the immortal American B52 and many photos of planes and projects that are illustrated very well by Leo Marriott in this fantastic book.

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On The Old Barbed Wire

This is a very useful title that contains many black and white illustrations. This book should appeal widely to aircraft scale modellers. Mainly because it contains so many period photographs that just could motivate you to try something completely different in terms of subject.

Not only have I never seen many of the images before, I didn’t even know some of the featured aircraft ever existed!


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Scale Modelling Now

If you find the subject as fascinating as [I do], you will certainly want to pick this one up.


A good introduction to the subject.

Damien Burke, author of TSR2 - Britain's Last Bomber

This is a book that's close to my heart, as I lived within a stone's throw of the Gloucester Aircraft Company's Brockworth factory, where, after the war, they developed and tested the Gloster Javelin. Every weekday at around 10am, they sounded the air raid sirem (a chilling sound to a five year old!) and then test the Javelin's Jet engines. Yes, I know the Javelin was a fighter and not a bomber, but the principles are the same, and one of fascination for me. Leo Marriott's book is simply superb

Books Monthly

It’s a great book for any jet aircraft enthusiast and gives a diverse overview of the major players of the Cold War.


The Images of War series has been building into a unique and impressive visual military history and volumes have achieved best selling status. This new addition covers one of the most important episodes in the history of the development of warplanes – Most Highly Recommended.

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A valuable resource to follow the diverse development paths of early jet bomber aircraft in the transition from the end of WWII into the beginning of the Cold War and beyond to how these designs led to more modern effective aircraft. It’s a great book for any jet aircraft enthusiast and gives a diverse overview of the major players of the Cold War. The photos are excellent and the captions informative.

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Big Daddy Modeler

A useful reference book depicting the shift from the prop to the jet age in warfare.

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A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer

This book is an excellent book, it compliments similar books written by the author. The book explains the scene very well about bombers, and the rest of the book is nicely split into chapters that cover Britain, France, United States, Germany and Russia. Along with each section we are given a short introduction into the planes in each chapter on how they were developed and accompanied by some excellent photos.

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UK Historian

This was an enjoyable and informative foray into the trials and tribulations of early jet bomber design and implementation.

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Donna's Book Blog

This title as part of the Images at War series has some exceptional photographs as you would expect of a book in the Images at War series, but this book really comes into its own when you take the time to absorb the information provided in the captions. There is a wealth of information provided here that makes the photographs so much more valuable than they would be on their own.

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This is a fine companion to the author's earlier book in this series covering the Early Jet Fighters. This time he turns his attentions to the bombers, many of these early designs benefitting from German wartime research. Large bombers are generally gone from use in use by major air forces these days, though just a few exceptions, such as the B-52.

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