Quarto, blue boards (hardcover), gilt letters, 416 pp. Former-owner bookplate; otherwise, Fine, in a Fine dust jacket. From dust jacket: The bombing aeroplane is one of the most emotive subjects in aviation history, with its connotations of agression and war against the innocents, yet it is a truism that no conflict can be won by defence alone. Two great world wars demonstrated the fast growing power of the bomber, whether in support of soldiers on the ground or in use against the economic and industrial structure of a nation. Its weapons have inevitably grown in size and destructive power, culminating in the modern megaton nuclear weapons--themselves perhaps the ultimate deterrent of aggression on a major scale. The book describes the inexorable advance of the bomber, a story that embraces great achievements, the solutions to technical problems, the display of great courage and extraordinary feats of organisation, command and leadership. It describes the growth of a powerful British bombing force during the final months of World War I, and tells of Trenchard's efforts to win survival of the Royal Air Force in the peace that followed, and the frantic race to re-arm in the face of growing danger from Hitler's Germany. It chronicles the means by which Royal Air Force Bomber Command acquired its awesome power to destroy Germany's ability to wage war. Finally, the contribution to postwar peace made by the Valiant, Vulcan and Victor bombers is described in this exceptionally detailed work, which in numerous instances reveals, as a result of the author's recent researches, important historical material that has seldom, if ever, been recorded in published form.
Near Fine in near fine jacket. First edition, 1994. Quarto, cloth hardcover in dust jacket, 416 pp., heavily illustrated, clean unmarked text, Near Fine copy in Near Fine dust jacket, owner's signature in ink on the front pastedown, a bit of creasing to the tips of the dust jacket.
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