Mount of Aces: The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a [NOOK Book]

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From the author of Fonthill Media's "Fokker Fodder: The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c", Mount of Aces: The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a is a fitting testament to a legendary fighter. Arguably, the Sopwith Camel may be the best known British fighter plane of the First World War that took on the mighty and feared Jastas over the killing fields that were the trenches. However, almost all the highest scoring aces including McCudden and Mannock preferred the Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a. It was well-armed, fast, ...
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Overview

From the author of Fonthill Media's "Fokker Fodder: The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c", Mount of Aces: The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a is a fitting testament to a legendary fighter. Arguably, the Sopwith Camel may be the best known British fighter plane of the First World War that took on the mighty and feared Jastas over the killing fields that were the trenches. However, almost all the highest scoring aces including McCudden and Mannock preferred the Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a. It was well-armed, fast, highly manoeuvrable and a superb gun platform, and yet it was easy and safe for even the most sketchily trained pilot to fly. The S.E.5a was deadly. Not only could it absorb punishment and turn on a penny, it packed a wallop with its .303 Vickers and .303 Lewis machine guns. Over 5,500 examples were produced in the war and Major Edward C. 'Mick' Mannock scored fifty of his seventy-three victories in the S.E.5a. The S.E.5a helped turn the tide of war in the Allies' favour. After the war, examples took part in air races and were employed in the 'sky-writings' industry for advertising purposes in both Britain and America. And today, all over the world, home-builders are producing reproductions of the S.E.5a for sport and leisure flying, a fitting tribute to a design now nearly a century old and an appropriate memorial to the thousands of pilots who flew it in combat in defence of their country.
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Editorial Reviews

Amazon - Geoff -
Great book with excellent pictures helping me with the finer accuracy for building scale model biplane and awareness of the experiences of its pilots.
Amazon - Michael O'Connor
Though it never received the publicity accorded to its Sopwith Camel stablemate, the S.E.5a was one of the greatest British fighters of World War I. Its slab-sided functionality lacked the sexiness of the Camel yet it was the preferred mount of many of the top-scoring British aces such as Mannock, McCudden, Beauchamp-Proctor and McElroy. Paul Hare serves up a wide-ranging, insightful and nicely-illustrated tribute to that singular fighter in MOUNT OF ACES, THE ROYAL AIRCRAFT FACTORY S.E. 5a, a 2
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148348832
  • Publisher: Fonthill Media LLC
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 16 MB
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Meet the Author

A professional engineer, Paul R. Hare has spent over 40 years researching the history of British Aviation in the first two decades of the 20th Century, and has built up an extensive collection of historic documents and period photographs. He has been also involved in the management of several aviation museums and has advised on a number of reconstruction and restoration projects. He has lectured both in England and in the USA on a variety of topics related to early military aviation and has written several books, on the subject, as well as many articles for magazines and journals.
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