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RAF Heavy Lifters Philip Birtles

RAF Heavy Lifters

Philip Birtles

Published October 1st 2003
ISBN : 9781852606107
Hardcover
160 pages
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In this book, the era of the RAFs classic piston propelled transports is captured for the first time in full colour. With the passage of time these distinctive large aircraft have now become regarded as classics in the eyes of aviation enthusiastsMoreIn this book, the era of the RAFs classic piston propelled transports is captured for the first time in full colour. With the passage of time these distinctive large aircraft have now become regarded as classics in the eyes of aviation enthusiasts and former aircrew. The book recreates something of the flavour of the post-World War II years when aircraft such as the Handley Page Hastings (1947-68), Vickers Valetta (1948-69), Avro Andover (1965-75) and Lockheed Hercules (1966-date) bisected the globe flying along the famous Transport Command routes. These and the other tactical transport aircraft that served the RAF faithfully since the World War II are today a virtually extinct species. A series of appendices give detailed specifications, production and unit allocations, squadron service dates and locations, and preserved examples.