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Aviation Photography of Russell AdamsJet Age Photographer: The Aviation Photography of Russell Adams Russell Adams FRPS (1912-2000) was probably the pioneer photographer of the jet age. His dramatic air-to-air photographs of Britain's early jet fighters like the Gloster Meteor and Javelin regularly graced the pages of magazines and newspapers at home and overseas in the 1950s and early 60s. In fact, his photographs remain so popular that they are still used today with regularity by the aviation press. Russell Adams' photographs so impressed his employers, the Gloster Aircraft Company, that in 1950 they made him their photographer. Unusually for the time, much of his work was air-to-air photography of the aircraft themselves, mainly Meteors and Javelins on test flights. In fact, Russell's photographic work was of such a high standard that he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. This stunningly illustrated album showcases Adams' very best work, supported by accurate and detailed captions. Adams actually flew aerobatic routines himself as a passenger in a camera aircraft, enabling him to get close to the display aircraft. The adrenaline kick of such high performance flying is vividly captured in his photographs.

Coastal CommandRAF Coastal Command in Action, 1939-45: Archive Photographs from the Public Record Office During World War II the aircraft and crews of RAF Coastal Command played a vital role of patrolling and defending the waters around Great Britain against enemy air and naval forces. These included everything from long-range fighters and patrol aircraft, like Junkers Ju88 and Focke Wulf Fw200 Kondor, to marauding U-boats, E-boats and warships. The aircraft of the Command ranged far and wide, attacking coastal targets in Scandinavia, Germany and enemy-occupied Europe. Many of these strikes were captured on film, providing vivid evidence of the devastating firepower brought to bear against enemy targets by the Command's Mosquitos, Beaufighters and Sunderlands. Using the extensive archives held at the Public Record Office, the author has brought to light a series of photographs taken by RAF Coastal Command crews in action during World War II, illustrating in detail the aircraft and the actions fought by the Command over six years of war. Illustrated with more than 180 photographs, each accompanied by a fully researched caption, this book aims to bring attention to a wider audience the wartime exploits of RAF Coastal Command. Aviation Photography.

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