A resident of Worcestershire in the centre of England, Tony Buttler worked for 20 years as a metallurgist at High Duty Alloys (part of Hawker Siddeley) where he analysed and tested aluminium and titanium forgings manufactured for the aircraft and defence industries. It was here that his deep interest in military aircraft grew, particularly in regard to their design and development. In 1994, he took a master’s degree in Information Science and Archives at Loughborough University, and since 1995 he has been a full-time aviation historian and author. So far, he has written 40 major books, numerous titles in the Warpaint series of modeller’s books and several hundred articles for historical aviation magazines. He also presents lectures to the Royal Aeronautical Society and other groups, and in 2017 he became a member of the Society’s Historical Group Committee. His archive and photo collections embrace British, French and US combat aircraft types from the mid-1930s until the 1980s.