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RAF in Camera: 1970s (Hardback)

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By Keith Wilson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 390
Illustrations: 250
ISBN: 9781473897960
Published: 12th February 2018



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The 1970s were an event-filled and action packed decade for the Royal Air Force. Many events are worthy of note and all are recorded here, in words and images. Keith Wilson takes up from where he left off with RAF In Camera 1960s in order to take us on a journey through a particularly significant decade.

The start of the 1970s saw the retirement of the Dakota from service, followed shortly after by the formation of the first Buccaneer NATO Squadron. In 1972, the landmark RAF Museum at Hendon was opened by HRH Queen Elizabeth. The midpoint of the decade was particularly notable due to the fact that it saw the ending of the Vietnam War and, in the dying hours of the conflict in March 1975, RAF Hercules were used to evacuate civilians from Cambodia. The Queen's Silver Jubilee Review at RAF Finningley occurred in 1977 and there are plenty of photographs of the event on display here. In 1978, the Sea King replaced the Whirlwind and the Wessex in the Air Sea Rescue role and, in 1979, the British Aerospace Hawk replaced the last Hawker Siddeley Gnats in RAF service when it became the mount of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows. All of these landmark events are referenced in this thorough, well-researched and image-packed publication.

Each chapter focuses on a specific year, relaying all of the highlights that characterized it. As with the two previous releases, this new addition to the In Camera series is sure to be regarded as something of a collector's edition and a real enthusiast's favourite.

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Cocardes International, November/December 2018

Despite the title, this is not just a pictorial book as there's lots of fascinating reading that will appeal to both established aircraft enthusiasts and also those who have become more aware during this the RAF's centenary year.

Best of British, August 2018 – reviewed by David Brown

... another book that is enjoyable both a visual nostalgia trip and an interesting and informative read.

Pilot, August 2018

Thorough, well-researched and image-packed publication.

FlyPast, August 2018

This is the third in the series of books that covers a variety of aspects of the RAF's achievements over the course of the 20th Century. This volume provides a photographic portrait of the Service during one of the most significant and interesting periods in aviation history. It's 450 high quality photographs, many of which are in colour, are supported by an informative narrative that puts each image in to context.

A nostalgic reminder for those who lived through the period, informative to those who hadn't, but a good read and reference to anyone who is interested in the history of the Royal Air Force.

IPMS Magazine March 2018

This volume maintains, perhaps even exceeds, the standards set by its predecessors.
A comprehensive summary of the RAF's activities in the 1970s and a collection of really excellent photographs. What's not to like?

Royal Air Force Historical Society

I’ll be entertained with this one for a good while I think, bravo Keith.

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About Keith Wilson

KEITH WILSON has been actively involved in aviation publishing for more than 35 years and is a prolific author. Keith is probably best known for his striking air-to-air images in Pilot magazine, during which time he has photographed almost 2,000 different aircraft; featuring a very broad range of subjects, from gliders, microlight, vintage and veteran, aerobatic and general aviation subjects right through to high altitude research aircraft, business jets, commercial jets and military fast jets.
Keith is the author of RAF in Camera: 1950s, RAF in Camera: 1960s and RAF in Camera: 1970s - all published by Pen and Sword Aviation.

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