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Jet Wars in the Nuclear Age (Hardback)

1972 to the Present Day

WWII Aviation Aviation in WWII

By Martin W Bowman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 264
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781473837720
Published: 7th March 2016


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This book explores the era of the 1970s right up to the present day, illustrating how fighter-bombers and tactics have developed and evolved during this time. It covers all the most significant military conflicts that have characterised this era, including the Eleven Day War of Christmas 1972 in Vietnam and the Falklands War of 1982, when Harrier pilots engaged in aerial battles with Skyhawks and when Vulcans, supported by Victor tankers, flew 'Black Buck' raids on Argentine positions. It also explores the era of the Gulf War, which witnessed the Victor and the B-52 fighting alongside Buccaneers, Tornadoes and F-111s.

Then there is the ongoing war against terror, culminating in the opening stages of 'Inherent Resolve' which has seen Tornadoes, F/A-18 Hornets, Soviet-built Su-24M2 and Su-30CM jet fighters, Su-25 SM armoured subsonic close air support/attack aircraft, Su-34 multi-role fighter/bombers and the Tupolev Tu-160 'Blackjack' heavy strategic bombers employed in the war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The author's well-researched historical narrative sets a range of dramatic first-hand crew-member accounts solidly in context, creating a rounded and authentic sense of events as they played out during five dynamic decades of aviation history.

Particularly interesting and dramatic anecdotes, this prolific author has skillfully edited into a narrative.

Aviation News

This compact but highly fact packed volume is a good compendium to the main air campaign of the western forces (particularly RAF and USAF) fought since 1972 to now.

Famed author Martin Bowman starts this fascinating narrative from the USAF’s “LINEBACKER II” operation in Vietnam, where the massive B-52 completed long and risky missions over Hanoi.

Other interesting chapters are the Iraqi campaign in 1991 and 2003, the very effective Falkland intervention and finally the anti ISIS INHERENT RESOLVE, fought also by Russian Air Force.

A very interesting volume, enriched by a 'from the cockpit' perspective yet an authoritative value.

Rivista Italiana Difesa (Italian Defence Review) - Marco De Montis

About Martin W Bowman

Martin W. Bowman is one of Britain’s best-known aviation historians and authors. 

His previous books have included works such as Legend of the Lancaster, Confounding the Reich, Duxford and the Big Wings, Clash of Eagles, Lost Wings of World War I and numerous titles in the exhaustive Air War series providing extensive coverage of operations carried out on D-Day and during the Market-Garden offensive at Arnhem. 

He lives in Norwich.

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