Aircraft of the Royal Air Force Since 1918 - Owen Gordon ThetfordLondon: Putnam, 1976, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper lightly sunned at the spine.
6th (revised) edition, first published 1957. Contains: Black & white photographs; Top edge dyed Blue; Diagrams; Frontispiece;
From the cover: “Since its first appearance in 1957, Aircraft of the Royal Air Force since 1918 has been published in five editions and has earned worldwide acclaim as the standard work of reference on its subject: a subject which over the last two decades has become steadily more fascinating with the growth of interest in vintage aircraft.
This sixth revised and enlarged edition contains full-length descriptions, with photographs and three-view drawings, of all the new aircraft which are now in or will shortly enter service with the Royal Air Force. The text incorporates all the new research findings of the last five years about the operational histories of all the aircraft described: there is also an illustrated history of the R.A.F.'s role from the days of the rotary-engined Sopwith Snipe biplane of 1918 to the current days of the Harrier, Jaguar and Tornado.
Full treatment is given to such new types as the Hawker Siddeley Hawk, the Panavia Tornado, the Scottish Aviation Bulldog and Jetstream, the Sepecat Jaguar and the trio of Westland/Aerospatiale helicopters: the Puma, Sea King and Gazelle. Latest developments in missiles are also covered, including Hawker Siddeley Dynamic’s XJ 521.”