Osprey Combat Aircraft No. 43
Stratofortress Units in Combat
by Jon Lake
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|Publisher and Catalogue
||Osprey Combat Aircraft No. 43 -
B-52 Stratofortress Units in Combat 1955-73 by Jon Lake
|Media and Contents:
||Soft cover, 96 pages
GB£12.99 online from Osprey Publishing
||Good, interesting operational and
technical narrative; great and relevant photos, including some not seen
before; logical structure; 30 colour profiles; tables and appendices
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
"B-52 Stratofortress Units in Combat" may be ordered online from Squadron.com
B-52 Stratofortress Units in Combat 1955-73 by Jon Lake is the latest
addition to the Combat Aircraft series from the people at Osprey Publishing.
You have probably heard the terms ARC LIGHT, BUFF and LINEBACKER but do you know
what they mean? Well, this book will give you the answers. It provides you with
a history of the operational service of Boeings big beast from its gestation in
the closing months of World War Two right up to the end of the Vietnam War in
1973 and everything in between.
Operational histories are normally dry and require concentration as well as
determination to get through. Happily, this book is worlds apart from that norm.
It has been written in an informative yet interesting style that imparts both
technical and historical knowledge in an easily understood way that I'm sure
will appeal to the reader with just a casual interest in the B-52 as well as to
the hard-bitten enthusiast.
As with all of the Osprey Combat Aircraft series, the book is illustrated with
sharp, clear, black and white images, colour profiles – 30 of them - and line
drawings. Also included, are appendices with information on production and
serial blocks, Vietnam War losses, crew fates from lost aircraft, B-52 units
based in south East Asia, and nose-art and names of B-52D and F aircraft.
The book itself has 96 pages printed on glossy paper between thin cardboard
covers and is the same size as the Aircraft of the Aces and Combat Aircraft
series produced by Osprey.
If you are looking for walk-around type references to assist you with your B-52
build then look elsewhere. If however you are seeking knowledge of the B-52 and
its part in the history of the world, then this book is what you are looking
Osprey Publishing for the review
I saw my first B-52 in 1989.
I managed to steal away from the dust of Katherine for a weekend in
Darwin. I was sitting on the flight line at Darwin airport during Exercise
Kangaroo 89, watching F-16s, F/A-18s, EA-6Bs, KC-135s go about their noisy
business and just taking it all in. Whilst this was all going on I became aware
of fingers being pointed to the other side of the runway.
There, on the reverse slope of the airfield was the vertical stabilizer of
a B-52, seemingly disembodied and taxiing all by itself, looking all for the
world like the dorsal fin of a shark. As the aircraft came into full view and
taxied past us to its dispersal I became aware of the size of it and of the
noise and heat that was being generated by the machine.
Later on that day I, along with many others, made our way to the opposite
end of the runway to see these machines sortie. We were rewarded for our efforts
with an awesome and far more intense display of the ground shaking noise as well
as the smoke that these machines generate as they flew low over our heads and
I have been a fan ever since!
Units in Combat 1955–73
(Combat Aircraft 43)
Author: Jon Lake
Illustrator: Mark Styling
US Price: $19.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: January 25, 2004
Details: 96 pages; ISBN: 1841766070
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Last updated 16 March, 2004
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