A Pride of Eagles: The Definitive History of the Rhodesia Air Force 1920-1980 - Beryl Salt
Condition: Covos Days 2001 first edition. Near mint hardback. No dust jacket as issued, very neat & clean interior with no inscriptions. Good binding. Slightest fade to spine. A very good copy. Please note extra postage may be required. 1002 pages, a hefty book.
"This volume chronicles the story of military aviation in Rhodesia from the early romantic days of "bush" flying in the 20s and 30s when aircraft were refueled from jerry cans and landing grounds were often the local golf course. In 1939, before the outbreak of World War II, the tiny Rhodesian Air Force became the first to take up battle stations. The three Rhodesian squadrons served in East Africa, the Western Desert, Italy and Western Europe. At home, Rhodesia became a vast training ground for airmen from Britain, the Commonwealth, and Greece. After the war, Rhodesia rebuilt its air force on a tiny budget -- equipping it with Ansons, Spitfires, Vampires, Canberras, Hunters and Alouettes. In later years, after the imposition of sanctions and during the bitter bush war years, many remarkable innovations were made to keep the RhAF flying in the vanguard of counter-insurgency operations. This colorful look at the Rhodesian Air Force is sure to be of interest to military historians everywhere!" ~ extract from Google books.