The Secret World of Vickers Guided Weapons
'A researcher's goldmine, this detailed book is crammed with facts, personal anecdotes, previously classified material and comprehensive explanations which, in a very real way, chart the evolution of today's generation of breathtakingly advanced frontline weapon systems' - Air Cdre Al Monkman, Tornado pilor, former 617 'Dam Busters' Squadron Commander and recently Base Commander, RAF Lossiemouth. Based on the author's own involvement as an engineer at Vickers through the 1950s and early 1960s and on more recent research of the archives at Brooklands Museum and the The National Archives, this book explains the successes and failures of leading-edge developments in the early days of guided weapons. John Forbat explains missile and avionics systems and trials, with diagrams and photographs, and tells the story of the company and its individuals. Projects covered in depth include Red Rapier, Blue Boar, Red Dean and Vigilant anti-tank missile, of which the author has first-hand experience as he started working for Vickers as a graduate apprentice and later as an engineers in the Vickers Special Projects section, where he was responsible for many of the trials.
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