Three Profiles of Flight combined: Panavia Tornado: Strike, Anti-Ship, Air Superiority, Air Defense, Reconnaissance & Electronic Warfare Fighter Bomber; Sepecat Jaguar: Tactical Support and Maritime Strike Fighter; and British Aerospace Hawk: Armed Light Attack and Multi-Combat Fighter Trainer. By Dave Windle & Martin Bowman. South Yorkshire, UK: Pen & Sword Aviation, 2010. Tables. Illustrations. Photographs. Notes. Pp. 70. $31.52. ISBN: 978-1-84884235-9, 237-3, and 236-6, respectively
Growing up around U.S. and Royal Air Force bases in eastern England, Martin Bowman developed a love of aviation at a young age. Having written several dozen books on aviation, Bowman is well qualified. Whether in his descriptions of the history of an air campaign or the genesis and performance of an airframe, Bowman has covered the breadth and width of almost all subjects pertaining to Anglo-American aviation in his varied books and contributions to aviation journals such as Flight International, Rolls-Royce Magazine, Aeroplane Monthly in Britain, Air Combat, Air Classics, and Air Progress. He also experienced real life interactions with the airframes he chronicles through international travel and participation in German and USAFE missions aboard Transall C-160 and C-130 Hercules aircraft. This combination of academic and real-life experience firmly establishes his credentials.
The Profiles of Flight series traces the inception, production, and operational history of the Tornado, Jaguar, and Hawk, all British warbirds, from blueprint to boneyard. It does not provide a definitive thesis on the operational success of these airframes. Bowman does not render judgment upon these aircraft but, instead, provides a treasure trove of pictures and information about each one.
The books are similar in coverage: aircraft specifications and history and an abundance of pictures and artwork by Dave Windle. The standard layout for the series chronicles each aircraft through its service life including why the aircraft was designed, aircraft changes (where much of the technical data on performance is covered), and its operational history. Personal accounts from pilots of the aircraft are interspersed throughout the books to give insight into the aircraft and provide opinions on performance. …