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Phantom Boys

Old 20th Apr 2015, 10:55
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Phantom Boys

I just saw an ad for a new book 'Phantom Boys' apparently following on from a series of books I must admit I haven't heard of, Lightning Boys, Hunter Boys and, as I browsed around Valiant Boys and Jaguar Boys. I guess if there's one on the Tornado it'd have to be Tornado Boys and Girls but I digress.

Aha I thought, this looks interesting, punchy cover painting of a pair of grey green 23 Sqn F4s at low level in grobbly weather 'true tales from UK operators of the F4....' released 1 Jun in hardback, looks it might be worth a read, order now to get your copy on release.

Then I read the blurb which states that the F4 was used by US demonstration teams Navy Blue Angels and the Air Force's Thundercats.

Kind of puts me off rushing to order a copy, I think I'll wait for a review or two.
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Old 20th Apr 2015, 12:42
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Jaguar Boys

I'm currently reading Jaguar Boys, I have Buccaneer Boys on the shelf for the near future.

The content of these books is the experiences of the people who flew them and worked on them. They are a thoroughly good read as the perspective is very much from the cockpit - there is a glossary to support the novice and to remind more learned.

Thank you for advising me of the next title, awaiting with interest. Very good armchair read, so go treat yourselves.
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Old 20th Apr 2015, 19:52
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There are quite a few more books in the series; see the publisher Grub Street's website for more details. Phantom Boys is by the same author as some of the other books, but there are several authors, and each book is a compilation of pieces by people associated with that aircraft. Thus, the tone and quality can vary. However, I have enjoyed the ones I've read so far.
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Old 20th Apr 2015, 21:33
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Best book about the F4 I ever read from a pilot's view was Bob Prest's but can I hellers find a copy now.

Of course the best by a nav is by Dave Gledhill...
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Old 20th Apr 2015, 23:22
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thing, try
Amazon Amazon
or search for ISBN 0 304 30311 9.

I'm not sure I can forgive Bob for describing the Hunter as 'an ageing lady no longer beautiful but still unique...'
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Old 21st Apr 2015, 12:32
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Thanks Beag, it wasn't on there last time I looked.
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Old 21st Apr 2015, 13:48
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Beags is correct, I've just found a copy on Amazon (on some associated bookstore) for £1.83, however a new one will set you back £249.00!!
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Old 21st Apr 2015, 22:36
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I understand that 'Harrier Boys' is also due on the book shelves later this year
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Old 21st Apr 2015, 22:38
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It's OK, Compass Call. Most of the Harrier Boys have been on the shelf for years.
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Old 22nd Apr 2015, 07:11
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And there is the book about the boys of the Big Cat!

Jaguar Boys: True Tales from Operators of the Big Cat in Peace and War: Amazon.de: Ian Hall: Fremdsprachige Bücher Jaguar Boys: True Tales from Operators of the Big Cat in Peace and War: Amazon.de: Ian Hall: Fremdsprachige Bücher
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Old 13th Jul 2015, 15:31
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I'm not sure I can forgive Bob for describing the Hunter as 'an ageing lady no
longer beautiful but still unique...'
Visited Cosford the other day. Hunter (on the grass, as you enter). Still unique. Still beautiful! (no F4 though; will have to pay another visit to Duxford, or Hendon sometime....)
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Old 13th Jul 2015, 16:00
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Harrier boys, Volume 1

This was launched at IWM Duxford over the weekend, with a lot of former high ranking Harrier pilots there very willing to have a chat and sign your books (including the author).

I did ask whether it was true that Harrier pilots were the 'crème de la creme' of the pilots going through the training system, or was that just something Harrier pilots tell you

The author did say that this was true, and had a chapter in Volume two of this tome written by 'a former air defender' to say this was the case

Not read much yet, but very pleasant chaps they were, and very happy to have a chat

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Old 28th Jul 2015, 13:43
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Try Buccaneer Boys if you want an insightful book filled with amusing and raucous events!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Buccaneer-Boys-all-British-bomber/dp/1909166111 http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Buccaneer-Boys-all-British-bomber/dp/1909166111

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Old 28th Jul 2015, 14:49
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Don't look up Lancaster Boys...went to a website that set off my Internet filter!!!
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Old 29th Jul 2015, 00:42
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'Nimrod Boys' would be an interesting read....
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Old 29th Jul 2015, 13:58
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Phantom Boys

'Meteor Boys' is coming next year....
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