The Hush-Kit Book of Warplanes

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‘I absolutely love this book. Seriously well-informed, seriously funny, authoritative and full of passion for its subject.  The care lavished on aeroplanes that never even existed beyond the drawing board is worth the price of admission alone.  Joe Coles always finds a fresh angle on a familiar subject, but he’s even better bringing to life an unfamiliar one.  Or just letting imagination run riot with unlikely flights of fancy that still somehow manage to ring true.  Every word and every picture in The Hush-kit Book of Warplanes has been chosen with a knowledge, enthusiasm and attention to detail that’s irresistible.  No one writes about aviation like Joe Coles.  We’re lucky to have him. The Hush-Kit Book of Warplanes is my aviation book of the year.’

– Rowland White

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