Military Aviation Disasters: Significant Losses Since 1908 - David GeroPatrick Stephens Limited, 1999, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper pulled at the head of the lower panel with a little rubbing to the laminate. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.
Jacket illustration: A non-fatal but highly spectacular military aircraft accident occurred at the International Air Tattoo, Fairford, England on 24 July 1993 when two Russian Flight Research Mig-29s collided. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Plans;
From the cover: “The crash of a civil airliner is nearly always reported by the media, the degree of coverage depending on various factors. These include the number killed, their nationality and the location of the disaster. However, unless an aircraft in military service comes to earth in a heavily populated area and there is a high number of casualties on the ground, the incident goes largely unreported in the press. For example, the crash of a giant Antonov An-124 transport in Russia in December 1997 was widely reported as this resulted in more than 40 fatalities on the ground, including children. In contrast, the loss of transport aircraft over the sea or in jungle areas, are rarely reported outside the specialist aviation and defence press.
Here, for the first time, is a detailed record of hundreds of losses involving military aircraft. Each year, a staggering number of military aircraft come to grief including trainers, fighters and communications aircraft and in many cases the crew survive, often thanks to their ejection seats. This book, however, is confined to major disasters, principally where there has been a significant loss of life, whether civilian or military personnel. All types are covered, from single-seat aircraft that have crashed into populated areas, perhaps after the pilot has made his escape, collisions between troop-carrying helicopters, the giant airships of the First World War which came down in the North Sea with almost monotonous regularity, to modern turboprop transports downed in a war zone by surface-to-air missiles.
These incidents are placed on record with full details of the aircraft involved, its operator, route, loss of life and location and, where known, the reasons for the crash. Unlike civil airline disasters, which are of international importance with their investigative reports made widely available, governments are not always so keen to release information on the loss of their military aircraft, especially if these have been on clandestine operations. The author has therefore had to undertake a considerable amount of detective work to piece together many of the accounts that appear here.”