Britain's Cold War Fighters (hardback edition)

Author(s): Tim McLelland

ISBN: 9781781551004
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From the iconic Lightning to the generation of Typhoon fighters, this fascinating and highly illustrative book tells how each design was created and translated into operational aircraft.




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Britain’s Cold War Fighters explores the creation and development of the jet fighter, tracing the emergence of the first jet designs (the Meteor and Vampire) through to the first-generation jets which entered service with the RAF and Fleet Air Arm. Each aircraft type will be examined, looking at how the design was created and how this translated into an operational aircraft.

The basic development and service history of each type will be examined, with a narrative that links the linear appearance of each new design, leading to the present day and the latest generation of Typhoon aircraft. Other aircraft types explored will include Hunter, Lightning, Phantom, Javelin and Tornado F2/3.

A beautiful and comprehensive study of the UK’s design and manufacture of its fighter programme from the end of the Second World War to present, Britain’s Cold War Fighters is of much importance to aviation and military historians, modellers as well as those interested in the growing popularity of the Cold War. Highly illustrated with many unpublished photos, interviews and eyewitness accounts, this an ideal companion piece to Fonthill Media’s Britain’s Cold War Bombers and is the subject of a BBC documentary currently in commission. 

BOOK ISBN 9781781551004
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING hardback
PAGES 368 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 October 2013
TERRITORY World
ILLUSTRATIONS 193 black-and-white and 63 colour photographs







Tim McLelland was an experienced and recognised author specialising in military aerospace subjects. He was also the writer of numerous well-known titles and contributor to many leading aerospace magazines.

McLelland had flown in a wide range of military aircraft such as the Tornado, Harrier and Lightning, and had also taken part in four Red Arrows display routines. McLelland was a Vulcan specialist and had many contacts connected with the aircraft type including crew and designers.


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