British Combat Aircraft in Latin America Sept 14, 2019 21:19:26 GMT
Post by andym on Sept 14, 2019 21:19:26 GMT
This massive publication (624 pages) by Santiago Rivas (Crécy, 2019) must be the heaviest book in my library.
There is a large chapter on pre-1940 aircraft, then each country is listed in its own chapter with comprehensive details of aircraft operated.
Warbirds are also covered, as is the British presence in the Falklands.
Finally, there is a 65-page Appendix covering the histories of the aircraft covered. I would say that in some cases it can be difficult to reconcile the information in the main body of the book with the information in the tables at the end - you will have seen my post to AB-IX regarding Argentine Avro 504s for example.
Some of this confusion can be put down to poor proof-reading. For example, the 12 Brazilian Navy Sopwith Snipes are authoritatively listed in both the main book and the Appendix as having serials 111 to 115, 121 to 124, and 131 to 133. There is one photo, which shows an aircraft with serial 125! Nevertheless, there is a lot of rarely-seen information here which the author should be congratulated for assembling.
I am not sure a true specialist would find much new information about his/her pet subject in this book, particularly regarding the "newer" types (Jet Provost, Canberra, Jaguar etc). For example, a quick check of the Venezuelan Jet Provost entry showed nothing to update what is readily available elsewhere with regard to the re-serialing process which took place in 1966.
All in all though I do recommend this book. It is packed full of information and photos, and is an interesting read, as well as being a useful reference which I am sure I will often pull off the shelf.