Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II

1972 to date (all marks)
Author: Steve Davies
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9781785210815
Category: Transportation
Page: 192
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Dubbed 'Warthog' - or just 'Hog' - by those who fly and maintain it, the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is the world's undisputed close air support attack jet. As tough as it is ugly, it has built a fearsome reputation as a tank buster and infantry killer in conflicts around the globe, and its GAU-8 Avenger 30mm cannon strikes fear into the hearts of all unlucky enough to be on the wrong side of it.he A-10 was clutched from the jaws of retirement by the 1991 Gulf War. At the time of the conflict, the United States Air Force was making plans to shed it's A-10 fleet, citing obsolescence and redundancy. As the ensuing conflict showed, nothing could have been further from the truth, and no other airframe could have provided the US and Coalition commanders with the sort of forward air control, close air support, combat search and rescue, and tank busting capabilities that the Hog did. Since then the A-10 has delivered capabilities to battlefield commanders in the Balkans (1990s), Afghanistan (2001 onwards) and the second Gulf War (2003 onwards), and Libya (2011). A-10s have flown around 11 per cent of Operation Inherent Resolve sorties (striking IS targets in Iraq) since combat operations began in August 2014.

Fairchild-Republic A/Oa-10 Warthog


Author: Dennis R. Jenkins
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781580071970
Category: Transportation
Page: 102
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Exploded views, cutaway and phantom drawings from technical manuals, rare variants, armament systems, and more fill this detailed guide with the information you're looking for! Includes production line photos, depleted uranium data, battle damage photos, Desert Storm nose art, and details of the two-seat N/AW variant. WarbirdTech 20

Westland Wessex Manual


Author: Lee Howard
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9781785211171
Category: History
Page: 192
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With a full and active service life of more than 40 years with the Royal Navy and the RAF, the Westland Wessex was one of the most versatile helicopters of the Cold War era. As a British-built turbine-powered development of the American Sikorsky H-34, the Westland Wessex was developed and produced under license by Westland Aircraft (later Westland Helicopters). One of the main differences from Sikorsky's H-34 was the replacement of the piston-engine power plant with a turboshaft engine. The Wessex was the first helicopter to be produced in large numbers that made use of a gas turbine engine. Early models were powered by a single Napier Gazelle engine, while later builds used a pair of Rolls-Royce Gnome engines.

RAF Typhoon

1994 onward (all marks)
Author: Antony Loveless
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9780857330758
Category: Transportation
Page: 160
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Highly capable and extremely agile, the RAF’s Typhoon (Eurofighter) is a multi-role combat aircraft that is capable of being deployed across the full spectrum of air operations – from air policing, to peace support, through to high-intensity conflict. Published with the full cooperation of the RAF, the Typhoon is given the Haynes Manual treatment and offers readers a unique insight into flying and maintaining the latest high-tech combat aircraft in the RAF’s inventory.

Grumman F-14 Tomcat


Author: Tony Holmes
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9781785211003
Category: Transportation
Page: 224
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Probably best-known for its starring role in the Hollywood blockbuster Top Gun, the US Navy’s Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, variable geometry, two-seat, carrier-based, air superiority fighter. The Tomcat was developed for the US Navy’s Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program following the collapse of the F-111B project. This workshop manual covers operating and maintaining this aircraft, and is filled with first-person insights into flying the Tomcat.

M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank Manual

From 1980 (M1, M1A1 and M1A2 Models)
Author: Bruce Oliver Newsome,Gregory Walton
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9781785210990
Category: Transportation
Page: 160
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The American M1 Abrams main battle tank is a revolutionary design: it broke an evolutionary development lineage from the M20 medium tank of 1941 to the M60 (which it replaced, and which stayed in production until 1987). The M1 remains the only main battle tank in the inventories of the US Army and the US Marine Corps, with years of service to come, while no replacement has been procured. It is believed that the M1 will easily serve for more than 50 years in the US alone. The US retains about 6,000 M1s, while almost 2,000 are in use with the armies of other countries including Australia, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.

Douglas A1 Skyraider Owners' Workshop Manual

1945 - 85 (all marks and variants)
Author: Tony Hoskins
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9781785211355
Category: Transportation
Page: 192
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The Skyraider became legendary for its ability to soak up battle damage and still keep flying. It was eventually replaced in the US Navy by the swept-wing jet A-6 Intruder and A-7 Corsair. Radar-equipped Skyraiders were operated by the Royal Navy (1951-62) as airborne early warning aircraft, while the French Air Force bought ex-US Navy Skyraiders for use in the Algerian War in the 1960s, and in the 1970s during the civil war in Chad where they were flown by French mercenary pilots.

RAF Tornado

1974 onwards (all makes and models)
Author: Ian Black
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9780857332479
Category: History
Page: 160
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Since 1986 the multi-role swing-wing Panavia Tornado has been the cornerstone of the RAF’s jet fighter and bomber forces, designed to intercept Cold War Soviet bombers and drop conventional and nuclear weapons on invading Warsaw Pact forces. RAF Tornados have seen action in both Gulf Wars, over Kosovo, and most recently over Afghanistan and Libya. Former RAF Tornado ADV pilot and air-to-air photographer Ian Black gives an ‘insider’ insight into operating, flying and maintaining the air defence and strike versions of the swing-wing jet.

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet

An insight into the design, construction and operation of the US Navy's supersonic, all-weather multi-role combat jet
Author: Steve Davies
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9781785210549
Category: Transportation
Page: 160
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The US-designed and built McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is one of the most important Fourth Generation fighters in the world. Its twin-engine, twin-tails (canted outwards) and leading edge root extensions make it one of the most recognisable fighters in operation. The latest version is the enlarged Super Hornet. It was controversial in being chosen as the replacement for the much loved F-14 Tomcat, but the truth is that it is a potent and fearsome fighter that boasts one of the most capable radars in service (it can operate in both air and ground modes near-simultaneously) and a weapons loadout that takes full advantage of it. The Super Hornet currently performs the bulk of the Western world's airstrikes on the nefarious terrorist group 'ISIS' in Iraq and Syria.Developed initially by Northrop as the P-530 Cobra in response to the US Air Force's Light Weight Fighter competition (winner: the General Dynamics F-16), the Hornet had a troubled start in life. Designated the YF-17 for the LWF fly-off in 1974, it failed to impress the Air Force. However, contractor McDonnell Douglas stepped in confident that it could be improved sufficiently to make it a contender for the US Navy's new fighter competition. McAir, as was often the case, were right. Redesigned and redesignated the F/A-18 (fighter/attack), it won the competition and entered service with the US Navy as a carrier-borne, multi-role fighter, marking the beginning of the Hornet's journey from Air Force 'reject' to 'king' of the US Navy's Fleet Defenders.

McDonnell Douglas/Boeing F-15 Eagle Manual

1972 onwards (all marks)
Author: Steve Davies
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9780857332431
Category: Transportation
Page: 160
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The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is a twin-engine, highly maneuverable, all-weather tactical jet fighter, designed to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. It is considered among the most successful of modern jet fighters with 104 aerial combat victories to its credit, with no losses (combined figure across all user-air forces). The F-15 Eagle first flew in July 1972 and entered service with the USAF in 1976. It is expected to remain in service with the USAF until 2025.

Airbus A380


Author: Robert Wicks
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9781785211089
Category: Transportation
Page: 192
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The Airbus A380 is the world’s most recognised and most talked about airliner since the Boeing 747 and Concorde appeared in the skies in the late 1960s. Designed to challenge Boeing's monopoly in the large-aircraft market, it made its first flight in April 2005, entering commercial service two years later with Singapore Airlines. This jet has become so popular that every four minutes--24 hours a day, seven days a week--an A380 is taking off or landing somewhere in the world. There is no other development in recent aviation history to rival this remarkable aircraft.

Mikoyan MiG-29 'Fulcrum' Manual

1981 to present
Author: David Baker
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9780857333971
Category: Transportation
Page: 160
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The Soviet MiG-29 air superiority fighter was developed by the Mikoyan Design Bureau in the mid-1970s to counter the new generation of American high performance interceptor fighters like the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon.

General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon Manual

1978 onwards (all marks)
Author: Steve Davies
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9780857333988
Category: History
Page: 160
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Officially called the Fighting Falcon by the USAF (a name loathed by pilots and ground crews), the F-16 is popularly referred to as the ‘Viper’. First introduced into service with the USAF in 1978, the F-16 is a successful all-weather multi-role jet fighter of which more than 4,500 have been built and exported to 25 countries worldwide. It remains in service more than 30 years later. The Viper incorporates a number of innovative design features that include a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, pilot’s side-mounted control stick for ease of control when manoeuvring, a seat reclined 30 degrees to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system that makes the Viper a highly agile aircraft. At the ‘business end’ the F-16 has an internal M61 Vulcan cannon and eleven weapon-mounting stations.

Dressing for Altitude

U.S. Aviation Pressure Suits-- Wiley Post to Space Shuttle
Author: Dennis R. Jenkins
Publisher: Government Printing Office
ISBN: 9780160901102
Category: Air pilots
Page: 526
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English Electric/BAC Lightning Manual

1954 to 1988 (all marks and models)
Author: Ian Black
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9780857337689
Category: History
Page: 160
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Enjoying continuous frontline service with the RAF for nearly 30 years, the supersonic English Electric Lightning jet was the Spitfire of its era and the last of a special breed of fighter aircraft: single-seat, all-British, magnificently overpowered and possessing delightful handling qualities. During its lifetime it became the favourite mount for jet fighter pilots and thrilled the crowds at countless air displays with its spectacular speed and awesome performance. Former Lightning pilot Ian Black brings a level of level of insight into operating the Lightning that is second to none.

Soviet T-34 Tank Manual


Author: Mark Healy
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9781785210945
Category: History
Page: 160
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The Soviet T-34 was one of the finest tanks of the Second World War and the mainstay of Soviet armoured units throughout the war. Most nations underestimated the scale and quality of Soviet tank production before the Second World War and the Germans were no exception. They were certainly not prepared for the T-34, which they encountered during Operation Barbarossa (the German invasion of Russia) in 1941. Its combination of firepower, mobility, protection, and ruggedness led German Panzer General Paul von Kleist at the time to call it "The finest tank in the world." Another legendary Panzer tactician and general, Heinz Guderian, also confirmed the T-34's "vast superiority" over existing German armour of the period.

Reflections of a Technocrat

Managing Defense, Air, and Space Programs During the Cold War
Author: John L. McLucas,Air University Press
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781780399683
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 394
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In documenting his wide-ranging career in science and technology, Dr. McLucas offers new information and insights on the history of key private-sector and government agencies during the Cold War era-most prominently, the US Air Force. After naval service in World War II, he began a long affiliation with the Air Force as a civilian engineer and Air National Guard officer. He continued this affiliation as president of both a pioneering high-tech company and the Air Force-sponsored MITRE Corporation. He also worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and became NATO's top scientific officer. His contributions to the Air Force culminated with service as its undersecretary and secretary in the challenging and transforming period from 1969 through 1975, during which time he also directed the national Reconnaissance Office. Dr. McLucas's insider's account of those years divulges details about Pentagon politics, coping with the Vietnam War, developing new aircraft and other systems, and expanding equal opportunities for minorities and women. After next heading the Federal Aviation Administration, he became an executive in the Communications Satellite Corporation. Following retirement, he remained an active and influential proponent of science and technology, especially in space. The coauthors completed this book after Dr. McLucas's death in December 2002.

Junkers JU 87 Stuka Owners' Workshop Manual

All marks and variants (1935 - 45)
Author: Jonathan Falconer
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9781785211416
Category: History
Page: 192
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With its cranked wing and vulture-like looks the Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber came to symbolise the terror of the German Blitzkrieg. In the early years of the Second World War the Ju 87 lived up to its fearsome reputation, but it eventually met its match when pitted against more modern adversaries. Supported by a comprehensive selection of photographs and technical drawings, Jonathan Falconer's Junkers JU 87 Stuka Manual describes the design, construction and operation of the feared Stuka, which saw frontline action wherever the German Army went – from Norway, western Europe and Russia, to North Africa.