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The Phantom in Focus: A Navigator's Eye on Britain's Cold War Warrior

Gledhill, David

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ISBN 10: 1781550484 / ISBN 13: 9781781550489
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2015. Hardcover. The story of life on the frontline during the Cold War told in the words of a navigator who flew the iconic jet. Unique pictures show the Phantom in its true environment and show why the Phantom was the envy of NATO. It tells the inside story of some of the early problems, how the aircraft developed and events which shaped its history. Num Pages: 288 pages, 100 Black and white and 150 colour photographs. BIC Classification: JWMV3. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 253 x 179 x 27. Weight in Grams: 1034. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781781550489

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Title: The Phantom in Focus: A Navigator's Eye on ...

Publisher: Fonthill Media

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THE PHANTOM is the original multi-role combat jet and one of the world's most iconic aircraft. Life on a Phantom squadron was fast, fun and exhilarating, but without the glamour portrayed in the Hollywood blockbuster Top Gun. This is the inside story, told by a veteran RAF navigator, of what it was actually like to fly in the cockpit of a Phantom at the height of the Cold War, when it stood as NATO's first line of defense with a record of 280 MiG kills. The mighty Phantom has an unrivaled service history. Fast, durable and deadly, it was a test bed for missile technology and held five speed records for an impressive thirteen years. But that is not to say it didn't have its faults - it was known (affectionately) among its crews as the 'Rhino', 'The Spook', 'Double Ugly', the 'Flying Brick' and the 'Lead Sled'. But despite this, its sheer power and lethal payload could never be ignored. With hundreds of spectacular, previously unpublished photographs - several taken from inside the cockpit - and many illuminating anecdotes that capture the truth behind the Hollywood glamour, The Phantom in Focus is a unique, honest and compelling tribute to a legendary aircraft.

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DAVE GLEDHILL is an aviation enthusiast and aviator. Already holding a private pilots licence at the age of seventeen, he was commissioned in the RAF in 1974, and after training as an air navigator, converted to the F4 Phantom in the Air Defence role. After tours in the UK and Germany, he went on to be a radar tactics instructor on the Operational Conversion Unit. After transferring to the new Tornado F2 as one of the first instructors, he eventually became the Executive Officer on the OCU. His flying career finished in the Falkland Islands where he commanded No 1435 Flight flying the Tornado F3. The Phantom in Focus: A Navigator's Eye on Britain's Cold War Warrior is his first book.

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