Sustaining Air Power

Royal Air Force Logistics since 1918

Trevor Stone

This ground-breaking book explores the fascinating development of RAF logistics, from its origins at the end of the First World War to the RAF's withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014. It is the fruit of twenty-five years of archival research by a former Logistics Officer, and features first-hand accounts from current and former military personnel.
Date Published :
January 2018
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
Color and B&W
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781556351
Pages : 528
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
Stock Status : In stock


The Royal Air Force is the world’s oldest independent air arm, yet little has been written about its logistics. This groundbreaking book, which draws on twenty-five years of original archival research, opens the hangar door on this highly important discipline, which has been at the forefront of supporting British air power since 1918.

Written by a former senior RAF Logistics Officer and supplemented by material from veterans and currently serving military personnel, Sustaining Air Power explores the fascinating development of RAF logistics. This journey, just short of a century, explores the inter-war years, the Second World War, the Cold War, and all major campaigns that the Service has been involved in, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the RAF’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Dedicated chapters consider the more specialist aspects of logistics, such as tactical and expeditionary logistics, fuels and explosives, information technology, and how the RAF has managed its extensive supply chain. Richly illustrated, with many previously unpublished images, its content and style will appeal to a wide readership.

About The Author

Born and educated on the Isle of Wight, Trevor Stone was commissioned into the Royal Air Force Supply Branch in 1981 and served for thirty-five years, retiring as a Wing Commander. During his time in the RAF, he was deployed to Turkey, The Balkans, and Afghanistan, as well as serving in West Germany during the latter years of the Cold War. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Exeter, and lectures at the University of Lincoln. He is married and lives with his wife in Cambridgeshire.

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