Hikoki Publications has another book published by Tim Mason entitled ‘The Secret Years’ on flight te..
The first edition of this book was reviewed in Aerospace International in November 1998. This second..
The Secret Years – flight testing at Boscombe Down 1939-1945 by Tim Mason, originally published in 1..
The Secret Years
Flight Testing at Boscombe Down 1939-1945
The highly classified work of the A&AEE (Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment) at Boscombe Down included the intense, ever-expanding business of testing aircraft and their varied armaments in WWII.
Over 1,500 British, American and German aircraft of the RAF, Fleet Air Arm, Army – and the Luftwaffe – were tested at Boscombe Down.
Aircraft as diverse as the Aerovan, Barracuda, Pitcairn PA39 and Nomad were put though their paces together with, amongst others the Skymaster, Vengeance, Lightning, Hudson and Welkin plus the more well-known Wellington, Mosquito, Halifax, Ju88, Fw190 and Spitfire.
Using some 500 photographs, The Secret Years explores unusual variants of standard service aircraft types, machines which remained purely experimental, and the trials with their guns, bombs, rockets and equipment.
Performance tables, details of production and rogue aircraft tests together with over 90 colour profiles ensure The Secret Years forms a comprehensive reference source for the historian and modeller alike.
Dimensions: 297mm x 210mm
Photos/Illus: Over 500 colour photographs plus 90 colour profiles