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RAF In Camera: 1950s

Wilson, Keith

Published by Pen and Sword
ISBN 10: 1473827957 / ISBN 13: 9781473827950
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Title: RAF In Camera: 1950s

Publisher: Pen and Sword

Binding: Hardcover

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Granted extensive official access to the RAF and their archives, the author has been able to create a comprehensive, consolidated history of the Royal Air Force during the 1950s, a dynamic decade of expansion and technological development. This is the first release in a major new series. Num Pages: 304 pages, Illustrated in colour throughout. BIC Classification: 1DBK; 3JJPG; HBJD1; HBLW3; HBW; JWG. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 227 x 285 x 25. Weight in Grams: 1356. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781473827950

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Synopsis: For aviation, the 1950s was a fascinating decade. For the Royal Air Force, it witnessed the transition from propeller to jet aircraft in the fields of fighter, bomber, trainer and transport aircraft. The 1950s saw the end of the Second World War veterans - Lancasters, Spitfires, Mosquitoes and Sunderlands. They were replaced by the first generation of jet aircraft including the Vampire, Hunter, Javelin and, at the end of the decade, the English Electric P.1 - later named the Lightning.

This photographic record of the RAF during the period illustrates all the varied and wonderful array of equipment in use and also considers the important events of the decade including Korea, the Malayan Emergency, Kenya and the Suez Crisis.

The decade also saw the beginning of the Cold War, which in turn led to significant developments in military aviation. For the RAF this included the V-bomber force of Valiant, Victor and Vulcan. Another development was the nuclear weapon and this volume includes images and information from Operation Grapple; testing Britain?s first live thermonuclear weapon - 70 times more powerful than that dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 - which was dropped from Vickers Valiant XD818 at Christmas Island on 15 May 1957. Another Cold War item featured is the Thor Intermediate-range Ballistic Missile, three of which were located on their launches at twenty RAF Bomber Stations around the UK.

1953 saw the Coronation of HRH Queen Elizabeth II take place at Westminster Abbey on 2 June. Shortly afterwards, a Coronation Review of the Royal Air Force was organized at RAF Oldham, and many images of the never-to-be-repeated event are included in this volume; as are details of all the 640 aircraft involved in the spectacular flypast that followed the Royal inspection.

Each chapter in this volume focuses on a specific year, relaying all the fascinating events and highlights. Lavishly illustrated from the archives of the Air Historical Branch, this is a colorful and insightful history, told with narrative flair and a clear passion for the subject matter.

Product Description: This photographic record of the RAF during the 1950s looks set to appear widely. Featuring varied and dynamic visual representation throughout, the events of this important decade are enlivened to great effect. The 1950s was a pivotal decade in aviation for many reasons. The RAF were employed in a great number of post-WWII roles, and the beginning of the Cold War saw many advances in the field of developmental aviation. The early years of the decade saw the Coronation of HRH Queen Elizabeth II take place, and a variety of photographs taken at the Queen's Review flypast at RAF Oldham on the 15 July 1953 are arrayed here. Meteors, Sabres, Chipmunks, Canberras, Vulcans...the list goes on. A wide selection of action shots illustrate the impressive aesthetics of some of these aircraft in formation. Shots of aircraft utilised during the course of the Cold War also feature, as do highly intriguing photographs of the Thor Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles, stored on Bomber Command bases towards the end of the decade. Each chapter focusses on a specific year, relaying all the most fascinating highlights. This is a colourful, insightful and image-packed history, told with narrative flair and a clear passion for the subject matter at hand.

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