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RAF Transport Aircraft (Paperback)

Aviation > Royal Air Force Military

By Chris Gibson
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Modern Military Aircraft
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781802821857
Published: 7th November 2022



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From their modest origins with BE.2c and Vickers Victoria biplanes delivering food and ammunition in the Mesopotamian deserts to the massive Globemasters delivering hardware in the same theatre a century later, transport aircraft have played a key role in Britain’s wars. It was the Cold War that saw transport aircraft become necessary war-fighting equipment. Operation Corporate in 1982 identified the need for large-capacity strategic transport aircraft, something reinforced by Operation Granby in 1990–91, and led to the acquisition of the Lockheed TriStar and Boeing C-17A Globemaster. When the operations in Afghanistan and Iraq began, the RAF’s transport fleet was ready, and with the new model Hercules, and the Airbus Voyager and Atlas, Britain’s armed forces have a transport force second to none.

‘First in, last out’ is a concise description of the operations of the RAF’s transport force. Since 1915, aircraft have supported troops on the ground, carried personnel to and from war zones, evacuated civilians and provided succour to the needy. RAF Transport Command’s motto, Ferio Ferendo, translates as ‘I strike by carrying’, and that is exactly what transport aircraft have done for over a century. With over 130 photographs, this book describes the evolution of the aircraft that provided the airlift capacity for Britain’s armed forces wherever they served, and as the 2021 Operation Pitting showed, transport aircraft are still last out.

It's clearly and simply written - The illustrations are both black and white and in colour, they are clear and well captioned and cover all aspects from air drops to VIP transport.

It was a good read and very informative.

Army Rumour Service

The various strategic and tactical requirements are set out, and even the search for a Stractical aircraft. Even having had an interest in military aircraft all my life, there were still aircraft I didn't recall and factors I hadn't considered, so coupled with about 130 photos to illustrate the text, this is a great value little book.

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Military Model Scene

About Chris Gibson

Educated at Auchinleck Academy in Ayrshire, Chris Gibson read Geology and Mineralogy at University of Aberdeen, graduating with Honours in 1984. Chris has worked in the oil exploration industry since 1985. In 1978, his interest in aircraft took Chris into the Royal Observer Corps where he represented his Group, Area and country in aircraft recognition competitions between 1980 and 1991. On the standing down of the ROC in 1991, Chris began researching historical aviation and has written several books on unbuilt projects — particularly guided weapons — airborne early warning, and military helicopters. An Affiliate Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and member of the RAF Historical Society, Chris lives in the North East of England.

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