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AV-8B Harrier II Units of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm by Lon O. Nordeen
  

AV-8B Harrier II Units of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm

Part of the Combat Aircraft Series

Synopsis

AV-8B Harrier II Units of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm by Lon O. Nordeen

The AV-8B is the only tactical aircraft that can deploy with Marine forces on amphibious assault ships and provide air cover and close air support separate from large deck aircraft carriers. When Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990, a coalition of nations launched Operation Desert Shield in order to defend Saudi Arabia, and the Harrier II was among the first tactical air assets to be deployed to the region. During Operation Desert Storm, the five units flying the AV-8B in-theatre became some of the top tactical squadrons of choice by air mission planners because of the pilots' skill as well as the plane's vertical take-off ability. The previously untold story of the AV-8B in this conflict is vividly brought to life by the author through first-hand accounts and period photography sourced from those that were there and official archives. This will be the first of three volumes on USMC Harrier IIs in combat, with follow-on titles covering the jet's operations in Iraq in 2003-08 and Afghanistan in 2001-2009.

Reviews

With an excellent cover illustration by artist Gareth Hector and great color profiles by Jim Laurier, Nordeen's account has an attractive graphics package. These books from this highly prolific British publisher continue to impress and offer great value. --Peter Mersky, The Hook (Spring 2012) There are plenty of combat reports from the pilots who took part in the campaign. This is enhanced by an excellent choice of photos, most in full color, and the usual center section full of full color profiles. It is a fascinating look into Harrier operations during Desert Shield/Storm and a book that I know you will enjoy reading. --Scott Van Aken, Modelling Madness With an excellent cover illustration by artist Gareth Hector and great color profiles by Jim Laurier, Nordeen's account has an attractive graphics package. These books from this highly prolific British publisher continue to impress and offer great value. Peter Mersky, The Hook (Spring 2012) There are plenty of combat reports from the pilots who took part in the campaign. This is enhanced by an excellent choice of photos, most in full color, and the usual center section full of full color profiles. It is a fascinating look into Harrier operations during Desert Shield/Storm and a book that I know you will enjoy reading. Scott Van Aken, Modelling Madness

There are plenty of combat reports from the pilots who took part in the campaign. This is enhanced by an excellent choice of photos, most in full color, and the usual center section full of full color profiles. It is a fascinating look into Harrier operations during Desert Shield/Storm and a book that I know you will enjoy reading. -Scott Van Aken, Modelling Madness

With an excellent cover illustration by artist Gareth Hector and great color profiles by Jim Laurier, Nordeen's account has an attractive graphics package. These books from this highly prolific British publisher continue to impress and offer great value. -Peter Mersky, The Hook (Spring 2012)


About the Author

Lon Nordeen has more than 35 years of aerospace industry and editorial experience. He has been employed on the staff of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, McDonnell-Douglas and Boeing, where he worked in the areas of market research, communications and field marketing. He is also the author of six books and more than 150 articles, and has been highlighted as a historian on multiple History Channel television programmes covering air warfare such as the Dogfight series.

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Book Info

Publication date

5th October 2011

Author

Lon O. Nordeen

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Publisher

Osprey Publishing an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
96 pages

Categories


Air forces & warfare


ISBN

9781849084444

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