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Water Bombers (Paperback)


By Gerry Manning
Imprint: Key Publishing
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781802821468
Published: 8th November 2022



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As the climate changes it is even more vital to protect the world’s forests. They provide both the ‘lungs’ of the world and the natural resources for many industries. This book looks at both the past and the current selection of fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and support aircraft tasked with protecting our natural environment from fire. Covering America, Canada, Russia, southern Europe and other nation states, the operators of these fleets – governments and private contractors – are looked at, along with their aircraft, as they go about the dangerous task of protecting the world’s forests.

With over 230 images, this book covers all the aircraft types used in the water bomber role – World War Two fighters and bombers, piston-powered airliners and cargo aircraft of the 1950s, turboprop aircraft, wide-body jets, as well as the custom-built water bombers and, finally, both large and small helicopters with tanks or under-slung loads.

So who will this book appeal to? Clearly anyone with a specific interest in Water Bombers will want a copy; I would have also thought that more general aviation enthusiasts will also find it fascinating, especially those with a technical bent (the mechanisms for restocking the water supplies and then releasing them are particularly interesting) or those with an interest in WW2 bombers... but it surely must be a must-have for the library reference section.

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About Gerry Manning

Gerry Manning is the author of over 20 books, all of which have sold worldwide. He has also contributed pictures to over 25 books by other authors and regularly writes for many notable aircraft magazines.

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