RAF Transport Aircraft

Chris Gibson

From their modest origins with biplanes delivering supplies to the massive Globemasters delivering hardware a century later, transport aircraft have played a key role in Britain's wars. With over 130 photographs, this book describes the evolution of the aircraft that provided the airlift capacity for Britain's armed forces wherever they served.
Date Published :
January 2023
Publisher :
Key Publishing
Language:
English
Series :
Modern Military Aircraft Series
Illustration :
Over 130 photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781802821857
Pages : 96
Dimensions : 9.57 X 6.69 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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$24.95

Overview
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From their modest origins with BE.2c and Vickers Victoria biplanes delivering food and ammunition in the Mesopotamian deserts to the massive Globemasters delivering hardware in the same theater a century later, transport aircraft have played a key role in Britain’s wars. It was the Cold War that saw transport aircraft become necessary war-fighting equipment. Operation Corporate in 1982 identified the need for large-capacity strategic transport aircraft, something reinforced by Operation Granby in 1990–91, and led to the acquisition of the Lockheed TriStar and Boeing C-17A Globemaster. When the operations in Afghanistan and Iraq began, the RAF’s transport fleet was ready, and with the new model Hercules, and the Airbus Voyager and Atlas, Britain’s armed forces have a transport force second to none.

This book is a concise description of the operations of the RAF’s transport force. Since 1915, aircraft have supported troops on the ground, carried personnel to and from war zones, evacuated civilians and provided succor to the needy. RAF Transport Command’s motto, Ferio Ferendo, translates as ‘I strike by carrying’, and that is exactly what transport aircraft have done for over a century. With over 130 photographs, this book describes the evolution of the aircraft that provided the airlift capacity for Britain’s armed forces wherever they served, and as the 2021 Operation Pitting showed, transport aircraft are still last out.

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