Newsletter 23
Spring 2009
Updated on 17Feb2009
Published by the Hawker Association
for the Members.
Contents Hawker Association

Aces, Erks, Backroom Boys
Book Reviews
Christmas Lunch
Demonstration Flying
Harrier News
Harrier Sales To China
Hunter News
Hurricane News
Kingston's Aircraft Industry
Members' e-mail Addresses
Restoring Hawker Biplanes
Royal Air Force Club Visit
Sea fury News
Sea Harrier News
Sir Keith Park Memorial
Windsor Camm Appeal
View From The Hover
    Tony Buttler's latest book, 'Sea Fury in British, Australian, Canadian & Dutch Service' is an essential volume for anyone interested in Kingston's best and last piston engined fighter. Very well printed and illustrated - the designer is to be congratulated on not bleeding pictures across the fold - this excellent book covers the type's design and development, service career highlighting the Korean War, recollections by a number of well known naval aviators and a technical description.
    Appendices give technical data, list squadrons and units, describe the Sea Fury carriers, and for the modeller, artist or enthusiast there is a large colour section of side elevations and plans. A final appendix gives a concise production and service history of every Sea Fury built. The book is copiously illustrated with back and white and colour photographs, most of which have not been published before or collected together in one place; buying the book is worth it just for these. It is published by Dalrymple & Verdun in softback at 24.95 (ISBN978-1-905414-11-6).

Book Reviews

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    John Farley's memoir, 'A View from the Hover - my Life in Aviation', has been praised elsewhere in this Newsletter, but the Editor can't resist adding his two-penn'orth. This big book (428 pages) is far more than what the title suggests. It does recount selected parts of John's long career, which forms a foundation to the book, but it also provides an insight into the clear and logical workings of an engineering test pilot's mind. Every part of this work reveals to the reader truths about aeronautics that he had never considered or of which he had only, he now comprehends, a somewhat hazy and incomplete understanding.
    At the same time the book entertains (at one point reducing me to helpless laughter) and is a text book! Clearer explanations of lift, drag, wings, stalling and spinning would be hard to find. John also tells us about instrument flying, simulation and materials, general aviation and of course what it was like to fly the many types he tested over the years. What a tour de force. Buy the book, read it, and I guarantee you will return to it time and time again, finding just what you want because of the thoughtful way John has laid it out. It is a Flyer Book published by Seager in hardback at 32.95 (ISBN 978 0 95327 52 0 5) and somewhat cheaper in softback (ISBN 978 0 95327 52 5 0).