Air War on the Edge: A History of the Israeli Air Force and Its Aircraft Since 1947

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Midland, 2004 - History - 432 pages
Never before has there been a book published on the aircraft, units and exploits of the Israel Air Force in such depth. Interest in the IAF has always been high and seldom are its aircrew and aircraft out of the world's headlines. Previous books have failed to satisfy, either being sensationalist and low on factual content, or lacking in fundamental research. Bill Norton has trawled through thousands of documents, reports, and illustrations to produce a work that is staggering in its depth and knowledge. Those that think they know the IAF will find a wealth of new material and countless previously published 'facts' re-evaluated and righted. Detailed type-by-type coverage supported by a barrage of photographs of the IAF from the mixed bag of aircraft of its formative days, through the Suez Campaign, the Six Day War, Yom Kippur and on to be a sophisticated, well-equipped force, arguably the most experienced in the world. Included for the first time are all of the badges and heraldry of the units of the IAF, in full color.

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Bill Norton is an aeronautical and flight test engineer who retired in 2002 from a 20-year career as a US Air Force Officer. He is a 1992 graduate of the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a bachelor of science degree in Aerospace Engineering, and he also holds a master of science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Norton currently works as a flight test engineer for JT3, a support contractor for the Air Force Flight Test Center. He presently works as a structures engineer, leading flight test missions in the control room for the Air Force's new fighter aircraft, the F/A-22. Norton is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Flight Test Technical Committee and the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) Technical Council. He authored the Structures Flight Test Handbook as well as the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (Specialty Press, 2001) and the STOL Progenitors (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2002). His articles have also appeared in numerous magazines, including Aerospace America, Air International and FineScale Modeler, to name a few. Norton is an accomplished civilian aviator and is constructing his own aircraft. Other hobbies include running, writing and plastic modeling.

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