Aircraft of the Royal Air Force since 1918 by Owen Thetford

By Owen Thetford

First released in 1957, this revised version with new pictures and elevated textual content additionally includes a a revised and augmented choice of three-view drawings. This booklet offers a entire advisor to each airplane ever utilized by the RAF because the institution in April 1918 to the current day, starting from the Snipe and Bristol Fighter of global battle I and the Nineteen Twenties, to the twister and Eurofighter 2000 of recent occasions. All elements are coated, together with basic evolution, carrier heritage, the personalities concerned, allocation to squadrons, technical and function information, serial quantity info and construction statistics. the main RAF airplane are supplemented by means of a long appendix protecting all miscellaneous varieties, from the Airspeed Courier to the EH one hundred and one helicopter. The e-book additionally encompasses different major matters, equivalent to civil plane inspired for wartime provider, RAF gliders, nuclear guns and missiles, Orders of conflict, and inventories of RAF plane on power at key dates in its background.

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The three successive leaders are Vortimer, son of Vortigern, Arthur and Outigirn. Nennius writes in the same way about all three resistance leaders. Either their exploits derived from a single source or the author has worked different sources into a unified style. At first sight, this seems not to be the case. The passages dealing with them are not sequential, but crudely interwoven with material from apparently different sources. King Ida appears after Arthur and then again, just before Outigirn, though several English genealogies have been inserted between the two mentions.

Here, Arthur carried the image of the Virgin Mary on his shoulders. This is supposed to be explicable only if Nennius mistook the Welsh word for shield as the similar word for a shoulder and then put it into the plural. This argument is so weak it is surprising to find it as a given in every book on the historical Arthur. Even if the design was on his shield, a writer could justifiably have said this was being carried on his shoulders, whatever his language. Medieval guesses put the image on Arthur’s shield, on a banner, or made it a three-dimensional image carried for piety.

He gives the Latin and Welsh forms of the name, as well as the English Legacestir, from which our word Chester derives. The other battles are more problematic. The Linnuis region is usually taken to be the Lincoln area. Castellum Guinnion ought to be a Roman fort. The Historia refers to Britain having ‘innumerable castella, made from stone and brick’ which can only be Roman buildings. Unless named after an unknown man called Guinnion, it seems most likely to be the British version of Vinovium, Binchester in County Durham (Rivet and Smith 1979).

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