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Britain’s Military Aircraft in Colour 1960-1970
Hunter, Canberra, Valetta and Vampire T.1
Author: Martin Derry
A nostalgic selection of colour photographs, most of which are previously unseen, featuring fighter bomber, transport and training aircraft in British military or Ministry service during the 1960s.
The decade saw the heyday of many of Britain’s iconic post-war aircraft – such as the long serving Hawker Hunter and the English Electric Canberra, both of which remained in front-line service with major air forces through the 1950s and 1960s. Derived from its fighter predecessors as an advanced trainer for the RAF, the de Havilland Vampire T.11 brought about a revolution in flying training and survived in service into the 1960s. Equally, the Vickers Valetta was required to supplement, then replace, the ubiquitous Dakota within the RAF. Due to its principle role as a humble transport, it has largely been overlooked – until now.
Each aircraft in this volume is provided with an introduction. Additionally comprehensive captions accompany the photographs to explain the various types in full detail. Serial numbers, units and aircraft histories are all covered and four-view artwork derived from specific photographs is also included to provide in-depth information and colour references for the enthusiast, historian or modeller.