Combat Ready: The Making of a Fighter Pilot by David Mason lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Bloomsbury, 1991, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Diagrams;
From the cover: The pilot of a modern fighter aircraft has one of the most exhilarating and exacting jobs in the world. It is also one of the most coveted, and every year thousands of keen, hopeful, even desperate young men apply for training. For the young aspirant the route to qualification is supremely challenging, and few make it into a profession that remains difficult and dangerous. The fighter pilot may be barely out of his teens, yet he is equipped to go out, often entirely alone, in an aircraft that has cost up to £20 million, loaded with enough weapons to start World War III.
Few have any real idea of what life in the high-tech cockpit is really like. David Mason has done what millions have only dreamed of. Uniquely for a civilian, he has followed the entire selection and training process, from the first interview at Biggin Hill to flying solo in a Tornado. (His prowess in the back seat of a Hawk trainer moved the instructor to observe that he was wasted as a journalist!)
Combat Ready is the perfect book feral armchair aviation enthusiasts; more than that, it offers to everyone a rare glimpse of the working lives of the heirs of the Few-from streaking through the Welsh hills at treetop height to air combat manoeuvres at 30,000 feet.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.
Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 196 pages. 9½” x 6¼”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Military Air Force category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!