Hawker Hunter, Key Publishing

The latest in Key Publishing’s ‘Combat Machines’ series is ‘Hawker Hunter’ by the ever reliable Tony Buttler. This 84 page soft cover book gives succinct summaries of Hunter design and development, British operators, technical details of the single- and two-seat variants, trials and experimental aircraft, export sales, aerobatic teams and combat use including the Indonesian experiences of 20 Squadron pilot, Roy Gamblin.

The final section is principally for modellers and lists many available kits, conversion packs and decal sheets.

The book is profusely illustrated with period black-and-white photographs as well as later colour pictures, many of which are published for the first time. There are 35 colour side elevations, and a ‘walk-round’ photo section.

Of historical interest are tables of RAF and RN Hunter units, a complete UK new-build production list and a list of refurbished export aircraft. The book is completed by a page of single-seater data and a centre spread of Mike Badrocke’s FG9A cutaway drawing. This book is widely available and is excellent value at just 7.99 - don’t miss it.

Book Reviews

The Aviation Historian, Issue 26
    Another bumper Issue from Member Nick Stroud. There are no specifically ‘Hawker’ articles but plenty of interest, nevertheless.

Pieces that caught your editor’s eye include the story of colourful Wg Commander James Adams who was posted to California in 1938 to evaluate the suitability of US aircraft for the RAF, Tony Buttler’s (again!) account of some of the more obscure Ouragon and Mystere based Dassault experimental prototypes, and more on the US Navy’s Seaplane Striking Force concept of the early 1950s and the projects and aircraft devised by Convair and Martin to meet the requirement.

Transport aircraft enthusiasts will enjoy the story of the industrial and political battle between Avro’s 748 and the Handley Page Herald.