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Squadrons and Units of the Fleet Air Arm, Sturtivant et al

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Typical!  Just when all my nearest and dearest have finalised their Christmas presents.  I shall have to shell out myself.

 

Not too different in page count from the 2nd ed and there's been a fair bit of FAA history in the intervening 20-odd years, so probably (hopefully!) different rather than more photos.

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1 hour ago, junglierating said:

How much:o:fraidnot:

 

£47.50 is cheap compared to what  they try to sell the 2nd edition for on Amazon...£168 and post!!!!!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0851302238

 

the 1984 original is a lot cheaper though.   

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Still expensive though but I guess it's worth what one is prepared to pay.

All said there's only about half a dozen squadrons worth worrying about I mean if you are going to talk about the Cornish air station and the Portland enclave!:o:dalek1:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I left a message with them over a week ago and Air Britain have not got back to me yet........ I want a copy of this book!

 

Cheers

          Tony

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On 11/01/2017 at 7:04 PM, tonyot said:

I left a message with them over a week ago and Air Britain have not got back to me yet........ I want a copy of this book!

 

Cheers

          Tony

 

Odd: ordered mine on 28 Dec and it arrived on 4 Jan: pretty good, I thought, for the time of year.

 

PS  yes, you do want this book, believe me. 

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On 15/01/2017 at 9:50 PM, Seahawk said:

 

Odd: ordered mine on 28 Dec and it arrived on 4 Jan: pretty good, I thought, for the time of year.

 

PS  yes, you do want this book, believe me. 

 

Is it mostly more modern content thats new? Any new WW2 content?

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I was planning to do a review on here but need longer to assess it fairly (eg against 2nd Ed photo content).  No, it is NOT just a reissue of 2nd Ed with updates to cover the last 20-odd years: it's a more thorough revision with notably improved production values (case-bound, high gloss paper, extensive use of colour, larger photos).  My impression is that the photo content across all periods is generally significantly different from that in the 2nd Ed, more so than between 1st and 2nd Eds eg (cutting to your particular area of interest) a quick skim of coverage of 1845-1853 Sqs suggests that none of the 9 Corsair shots are shared with 2nd Ed and only one with 1st Ed.  However covering an extra 20 years and reproducing photos larger while increasing pagecount by only 12 pages may leave the enthusiast for earlier periods feeling a tad disappointed.  There are also one or two errors that one feels would not have got past Ray Sturtivant.  But that is not to knock a stupendous work of research.  

 

Best gem so far is a photo of Ajax's 2 (Eh? Wherever did they store the 2nd one?) 718 Sq Seafoxes shortly before the Battle of the River Plate: overall silver with coloured fin with (ship's?) badge on it.

 

 

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