We decided to look for something a bit different from the gift shop and in the end found some Limited Edition Mounted prints of various aircraft, both from the museum and other sources. We were pleasantly surprised by them as all the prints were Limited to a run of 500 and signed by the artist and even better the price! only £15.00 a print. let me say again £15.00.
The art is a unique mix of photography and digital artwork that creates an eye catching image and really makes the pictures pop from the wall. The artists site is here: Lakestore and showcases some of his other artwork and other images available. As the art was so good I thought I would share it with you, links to the RAF Museum website are under each image.
Whilst at the RAF Museum my dad purchased the following picture of the Vulcan Bomber, one of the greatest Cold War pieces of equipment that was never used to its fullest, and in my opinion should still be in service:
The book doesn’t really provide any new information or revelations about the Battle of Britain but it does condense all the things that most people know in to a neat bite sized introduction for people that don’t really know that much about the Battle of Britain and would like a nice straight forward introduction to the subject.
The book is laid out in simple sections discussing clothing, adversaries and other relevant areas but overall the sections do overlap somewhat and the distinctions become blurred. The information included is concise and to the point with little or no preamble, however some points do seem to be repeated throughout the book even though they don’t need to be. The book was well written and in a style that whilst factual was also flowing and did help draw you in to the book and keep you interested in the subject, something so many history books fail to do.
My only disappointment was that even though it was presented to be “life as a pilot” it really wasn’t, it was more a general overview of pilots life and their roles. It covered their uniform and conditions to a degree but a major part for me seemed to concentrate on the actual equipment and the comparisons of the planes and pilots skills. Still even with that in mind it does still bring home that 70 years after the fact we still owe so much to these young pilots who risked everything, often without even the correct equipment, and helped defeat a dangerous enemy. I felt it was an honest appraisal of the men and machines and the whole book was set off nicely with some excellent black and white photographs illustrating the information that was presented.
A solid four stars for this book, mainly because it was so short, I felt the book and subject lend themselves to a much more in depth book and could have been expanded to at least double, if not triple, the page count in the book. A good book and a worthy introduction to the subject and the turning point of the RAFs image in the public eye.
A good book with a well deserved 4 star rating