Tuesday, December 15, 2015

FIGHTERS & BOMBERS - handsome book of air-to-air photography

An amazing celebration of some of the rarest WWII fighters and bombers.

Fighters & Bombers follows on from Gavin Conroy’s earlier book Precious Metal.
Where the first book focused on WWII fighter planes that were either restored or based in New Zealand, Fighters & Bombers contains WWII bombers and includes other aircraft photographed air-to-air in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Some of the aircraft found in Fighters & Bombers are the only ones of their type flying in the world, such as the Lockheed Hudson, the only military-configured Mk 1 Avo Anson, and one of only two air-worthy De Havilland Mosquitos. Two of the earliest jet fighters – the Me262 and the Gloster Meteor – are also included.

Along with air-to-air photography, images of the engines, instrument panels and other key areas of the aircraft type are included.

Fighters & Bombers also contains texts from more than twenty of the best WWII display pilots in the world, describing what it is like to fly these classic fighters and bombers.

GAVIN CONROY has had a longstanding interest in aviation, first gaining his pilot’s licence at the age of 16. He moved seriously into aviation photography in 2005, and since then has spent hundreds of hours planning and flying. To date,

Gavin has flown more than 450 air-to-air photo flights in several countries, and had more than 60 magazine covers published. When not taking photographs or doing something connected with warbirds or old aeroplanes, he works as a Business Development Manager for Steel and Tube.

235 x 340 mm, 258 pp, hardback PLC with dustjacket, colour throughout

ISBN: 978 1 927213 55 1 - potton & burton

A selection of images from the book:

Page 065
Caption: The Yak-3 was a fierce rival. German fighter pilots were told to avoid them at any cost, especially at low levels, where the Yak-3 excelled.
Credit: Gavin Conroy

 Page 161

Caption: John Lamont in the cockpit, with former owner and Spitfire pilot Sir Tim Wallis.
Credit: Gavin Conroy
Page 72 - Avro Anson
Page 158
Caption: Mk. XIV Spitfire.
Credit: Gavin Conroy

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