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David Gledhill

Dave Gledhill is an aviation author and enthusiast. After a career flying fast jets in the Royal Air Force he turned to writing when he retired. He began with factual books describing the aircraft he flew and has since published novels in the Phantom Air Combat series which follow the fictional exploits of a Phantom fighter crew.

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The Phantom In Focus

BOOK TITLE:
The Phantom In Focus
ISBN:
978-1781550489
DATE PUBLISHED:
20/09/2012
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Dave Gledhill joined the Royal Air Force as a Navigator in 1973.  After training, he flew the F4 Phantom on squadrons in the UK and West Germany.  He was one of the first aircrew to fly the F2 and F3 Air Defence Variant of the Tornado on its acceptance into service and served for many years as an instructor on the Operational Conversion Units of both the Phantom and the Tornado.  He commanded the Tornado Fighter Squadron in the Falkland Islands and has worked extensively with the Armed Forces of most NATO nations. He has published factual books on aviation topics and a series of novels in the Phantom Air Combat series set during the Cold War.

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Have you ever wondered what it was like to fly the Phantom? This is not a potted history of an aeroplane, nor is it Hollywood glamour as captured in Top Gun. This is the story of life on the frontline during the Cold War told in the words of a navigator who flew the iconic jet. Unique pictures, many captured from the cockpit, show the Phantom in its true environment and show why for many years the Phantom was the envy of NATO. It also tells the inside story of some of the problems which plagued the Phantom in its early days, how the aircraft developed, or was neglected, and reveals events which shaped the aircraft’s history and contributed to its demise. Anecdotes capture the deep affection felt by the crews who were fortunate enough to cross paths with the Phantom during their flying careers. The nicknames the aircraft earned were not complimentary and included the ‘Rhino’, ‘The Spook’, ‘Double Ugly’, the ‘Flying Brick’ and the ‘Lead Sled’.  Whichever way you looked at it, you could love or hate the Phantom, but you could never ignore it.

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