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.
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
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.