Flying Guns - The Modern Era
Development of Aircraft Guns, Ammunition and Installations since 1945
Anthony G. Williams and Emmanuel Gustin
Hardcover, 240 pages.
ISBN 1 86126 655 3
This page was last updated on 2 June 2011.
Flying Guns – The Modern Era was published in March 2004. The book is available directly from its publisher, Crowood Press, and of course also from other outlets.
This is the third and final volume in the "Flying Guns" series. The first volume discussed aircraft gun armament between 1933 and 1945, and the second one covered the period before 1933. The third book in the series describes evolutions since 1945, until today and even beyond today, as we wonder what the future of aircraft armament will be.
So far we have given every volume of Flying Guns its own web pages. This will be the home page for Flying Guns - The Modern Era, which will be updated to contain a detailed table of contents and description of the book (with a few sample pages), as well as a list of amendments and additions to the book, when we find new data or interesting information, or discover errors.
If you have comments, suggestions, criticisms, or an interesting story to tell, you are invited to join the Military Guns and Ammunition forum. You can also reach the authors by e-mail at Emmanuel.Gustin@skynet.be and Tony.Williams@quarry.nildram.co.uk.
So, to sum up, the three volumes in this series tell the whole
story of the evolution and employment of aircraft guns in the
20th Century and it seems unlikely that there will be much
need to add more than a few footnotes in the future. It does
this in sufficient detail to satisfy all but a ballistics
expert and in the process makes a sharply focused and very
valuable contribution to the annals of air power. Highly
Review by Wing Commander C J Jefford MBE BA, in the RAF Historical Society Journal 32 (2004).
Given the increasing sophistication and effectiveness of
air-launched guided weapons, it could be assumed that the
day of the aircraft gun was over. However, as this book
points out, the gun still has an important role to play.
Review by Malcolm English, in Air International of October 2004.
Those wanting good overall coverage of the development of
aircraft armament will find all three volumes invaluable.
Those with more specialist interests can simply acquire
the relevant tome.
Review by Philip Jarrett, in the Aeroplane monthly of September 2004. The three volumes of “Flying Guns” were “Book of the Month” for September 2004.