Julien Posted November 26, 2017 Share Posted November 26, 2017 Airlift Force RAF Transport Command 1948-1967 ISBN : 978190856310 Guideline Publications It would seem that in RAF service, like life the more Glamorous Fighters, and even bombers get the limelight while other aircraft do their jobs without getting notice. However to this reviewer what shouts RAF more than the VC-10 or the Hercules? indeed on a recent visit to RAF Cosford as well as maybe the V Bombers the main hall is dominated by the Belfast, Hastings and York. It is just a pity there is not a Comet there as well. This new book from Guideline Publications looks at history of the RAF's transport command from 1948 until 1967 when it became RAF Support Command. Following on from the massive effort of the Berlin Airlift, through the post war contraction Transport Command seemed fade from the public's eye. Despite this they would continue to support RAF operations the largest being the Suez crisis of 1956. Aircraft such as the Beverley and Hastings would come on stream and the Command was a supporter of the Comet. Later they would get new aircraft in the form of the Belfast, Andover, and VC-10. Even though emphasis is on the larger aircraft, smaller types such as the Dove, Twin Pioneer; and Helicopters such as the Belvedere is covered. The book looks at RAF Transport Command with the following chapters; In The Beginning Post War Contraction & the Berlin Airlift Pared to the Bone Turbine Power Arrives Operation Musketeer - Suez 1956 Beyond the Comet 1966 - Three New Aircraft Aircraft in Service 1948-67 RAF Transport Command Sqns 1948-67 The End.... and a New Beginning.. The book is A4 softbound and 90 pages long. It is illustrated throughout with black and white, & colour photographs. Conclusion If you're interested in the transport side of the Royal Air Force, then Transport Command was this at its pinnacle, Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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