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Aircraft of The Royal Australian Air Force

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08/Mar/2021
RAAF, History
640
Hardback
216mm X 279mm
9781922488039
$59.99

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Aircraft of The Royal Australian Air Force tells the story of the RAAF’s first one hundred years by describing the acquisition, operation, and service record of the multitude of aircraft types flown by the RAAF. The 176 aircraft types include the flimsy wood and canvas aircraft typical of World War I, through the technological advances during and after World War II, to modern fifth-generation, complex aircraft like the F-35 Lightning II. Even before its formation Sir Richard Williams, the Father of the RAAF, had decided to employ an alpha-numeric numbering system to identify and account for each aircraft in service. This system started with A1, A2, A3 etc as each type of aircraft came into service. Each individual aircraft within each series was identified as A1-1, A1-2 and so on and the aircraft serial became known colloquially as the ‘A-number’.

With some exceptions over the century since the A-number system started, aircraft entered RAAF service in broadly the sequence of the A-numbers, and so this book is intended to assist in charting the 100-year history of the RAAF by listing aircraft operated in A-number sequence, rather than by listing them by role (such as Fighter, Bomber, Maritime, Trainer, Transport etc) or alphabetically by name or by manufacturer. The inclusion of a comprehensive Index and the Quick Reference Guide to aircraft by role is intended to facilitate the location of the entry for any specific type of aircraft for those who may not already know its A-number.

Aircraft of The Royal Australian Air Force is a must have for all those who have served in the RAAF, those with a passion for military aviation and aircraft in general, and the broader members of the public wishing to gain an appreciation of the Royal Australian Air Force in its centenary year.

1 review for Aircraft of The Royal Australian Air Force

  1. As the RAAF commemorates one hundred years since its formation, it is fitting to look back at the multitude and range of aircraft which have been in service during this time. From the first wooden and canvas de Havilland DH9As gifted from the British Government in 1920, to the recent arrival of the 5th generation F-35 Lightning II, Aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force provides a comprehensive insight to each of the 150 unique aircraft types which have made a significant contribution to the evolution of the world’s second oldest air force. Categorised by aircraft series ‘A’ numbers, featuring all the technical data plates and a vast selection of photos, this book will largely appeal to aviation and military history enthusiasts. A well-researched, detailed and expertly compiled history of Australian military flight through the ages. This book will become a definitive reference source and a valuable addition to any collection, highly sought after especially during this Air Force centenary year.

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