The Gloster Gauntlet was a British single-seat biplane fighter of the RAF, designed and built by the Gloster Aircraft Company in the 1930s. It was the last RAF fighter to have an open cockpit and its penultimate biplane fighter in service. It was also Britain's most successful and popular inter-war fighter aircraft.
Authors Matthew Willis
Illustrator Chris Sandham-Bailey
Release date 2020-01-03
FormatA4, 104 pages (32 in colour)
The Blackburn Shark torpedo/spotter/reconnaissance biplane was overshadowed by its competitor the Fairey Swordfish. In reality though, the Shark was more modern than the Swordfish and performed better, and had it not been bedevilled with engine trouble in its early service, might have gone on to great things. As it was, the Shark contributed greatly to the Royal Navy's preparation for war in the late 1930s, and performed valuable service for the Fleet Air Arm and Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII. This is the first book devoted to the Shark to cover all of its service with every operator, and features nearly 100 photographs including many never seen before and detailed manufacturer images from the BAE Systems Heritage archive. Written by naval aviation historian Matthew Willis, featuring scale plans based on manufacturer drawings and artwork by British illustrator Chris Sandham-Bailey, this title offers the most comprehensive historical and technical study of the Shark yet published.
Authors Przemysław Skulski
Illustrator Andrzej Olejniczak
Release date 2020-02-11
Format A4, 120 pages (120 in colour)
This detailed monograph covers the design and development of the Macchi C.205 Veltro (Italian for Greyhound), the main WWII production variant of this classic Italian fighter aircraft built by the Aeronautica Macchi. While the C.205 was able to match the best Allied opponents in speed and manoeuvrability, it was introduced late in the conflict. Owing to the limitations of the Italian war economy, only a small production run was delivered before the end of the war. Features include comprehensive technical details, production and service photographs, scale plans, illustrations from official manuals, a wide range of colour profiles and rare colour photographs from WWII.
Authors Przemysław Skulski
Illustrator Krzysztof Wołowski, Karolina Hołda
Release date 2021-02-05
Cat. No. 8122
Format A4 paperpabck, 116 pages (116 in colour)
The development of the most famous Italian WWII fighter plane is described and illustrated in this book. Combining the agility and excellent flying characteristics of the earlier MC.200 with a powerful German aero-engine, the Folgore was the best Italian fighter in large-scale service. It served with the Regia Aeronautica and other forces, including the Croatian air arm. This book describes the design, development and operations of this elegant and effective fighter. This expanded 3rd edition contains scale plans, photographs and drawings from wartime technical manuals, superb colour illustrations of camouflage and markings, and rare b&w archive photographs.