Tales From The Frontline, The Middle East Hunter Squadrons

Drawn on the author’s personal experiences with the Hunter Squadrons in the Middle East during withdrawal from Empire. The Hunter was a beautiful second generation jet that performed well and achieved good export sales. – Most Highly Recommended.

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NAME: Tales From The Frontline, The Middle East Hunter Squadrons 
FILE: R3114
AUTHOR: Ray Deacon
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Aviation
BINDING: hard back
PRICE: £30.00                                                               
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Cold War, transonic, 2nd generation, fighter, fighter bomber, ground attack 
aircraft, 30mm canon, rockets, unguided missiles, air superiority, dog fighting, RAF, 
reconnaissance,  air war

ISBN: 1-52672-146-5

PAGES: 371
IMAGE: B3114.jpg
BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/r97u6vx
DESCRIPTION: Drawn on the author's personal experiences with the Hunter 
Squadrons in the Middle East during withdrawal from Empire. The Hunter was a 
beautiful second generation jet that performed well and achieved good export 
sales. –  Most Highly Recommended.

The Hawker fighters had performed well before and during WWII with the immortal 
Hurricane the best known, but with worthy successors in the Tempest, Typhoon and 
Sea Fury. The Hunter was a masterpiece that suffered initially with the decision to 
equip it with 30mm canon rather than four or six 20mm guns. On introduction it was 
the fastest fighter in the world and considered an air superiority fighter to shoot down 
swarms of Soviet bombers. In the event, it really made its mark in reconnaissance and 
ground attack with newer designs achieving higher speeds and carrying guided
 missiles.

The Hunter has often been described as a pilot's aircraft that responded very well in 
the hands of a skilled pilot and was an impressive formation display aircraft in its 
time. It was able to extend its range with drop tanks and could carry a full range of 
rockets and bombs. It was a gun fighter and one of the last of its type but in the roles 
it was called on to perform in anger a larger number of smaller guns and/or greater 
ammunition capacity might have served better than the 30mm Aden canon.

The author has written a personal account of his experiences with Hunters, in the 
Middle East and during the period when British politicians felt that their job was to 
escape from Empire and manage the decline of Great Britain. The picture painted by 
the author is engaging and very ably supported through the text by a fine selection of 
photographs, many of them rare and many in full colour.

A nice tribute to a great aircraft against the background of the turbulent Middle East 
and benefiting greatly from the inclusion of comments from pilots.