The Fighting Colours of Richard J. Caruana. 50th Anniversary Collection.
Internationally renown aviation artist and historian Richard J. Caruana provides a tribute to an often under-appreciated aviation legend, the Saab 37 Viggen, an aircraft that was ahead of its time on many fronts.
Richard's book provides a brief history of the aircraft combined with an exceptional collection of over 56 colour profiles showing schemes worn by Viggens operationally, as well as the special celebratory schemes that became so familiar towards the end of its career. Each profile is accompanied by a detailed caption and a brief operational history.
A page of detailed scale drawings illustrates and explains the different versions of the Viggen and another page illustrates unit markings worn by the type as illustrated in the profiles of the book.Colour profiles.
Authors Richard J. Caruana
Illustrator Richard J. Caruana
Release date 2022-01-04
Format A4 landscape, 62 pages (62 in colour)
Maltese aviation artist and historian Richard J. Caruana, who started his career just over 50 years ago, celebrates this special milestone with a work dedicated to his country’s struggle for survival during the Second World War.
Three air battles during that conflict were decided in the air and changed the course of history: the Battle of Britain, the Battle of Malta, and the Battle of Midway. The heroic resistance of this tiny Mediterranean Island denied Rommel and his troops vital supplies, with the result that by the end of 1942 Axis forces had been driven out of North Africa
This, in turn, provided the Allies with an opportunity to launch the first invasion of mainland Europe, on what Churchill described as ‘Europe’s soft underbelly’: Sicily. When the Allies won a firm foothold on the Italian Island, Malta could finally breathe a sigh of relief and it became a stepping stone for the movement of thousands of troops, aircraft and naval forces to the new frontline in Italy. A short narrative gives an outline of the Battle’s history which is then illustrated with close to 200 colour profiles and other drawings.
This book is a veritable successor to the author’s best-selling ‘Malta G.C. – Victory in the Air’, published in 1996 which is now out of print.