British Secret Projects: Fighters and Bombers 1935-1950 by Tony Buttler soon to be presented for sale on the lustrous BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Hinckley: Midland Publishing, 2004, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Graphs; Colour Photographs; Diagrams; Tables;
From the cover: This book completes a trilogy that covers the design and development of British fighters and bombers basically from the end of the biplane to the present day. This volume again places the emphasis on unbuilt designs that competed with those that flew, and covers aircraft influenced by World War Two projects that were prepared from the mid-1930s in the knowledge that war was coming through to some which appeared after the war was over. The latter includes early jets such as the Attacker, Sea Hawk and Venom which all flew post-war but to wartime or just post-war requirements. In between can be found fixed-gun fighters, turret fighters, twin engine cannon fighters, light, medium and heavy bombers, torpedo bombers and flying boats.
As with the companion volumes, the author has researched extensively and made full use of previously unpublished primary source material, much of it only recently declassified. Particular emphasis is placed on the design and development work that took place within the context of various tender design competitions.
The treatment given is in keeping with the earlier volumes with detailed descriptions and data and numerous photographs of models or impressions by artists showing how these designs would have looked. Unlike the post-war years, many unbuilt projects have been lost in time but a great number did manage to survive and these form the most complete record which has yet been published.
Twelve chapters are complemented by appendices that summarise the projects, contracts and specifications. There is also an Index and a colour section.
Very Good+ in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Grey boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 240 pages. Index. Bibliography. 11¼” x 8¾”.