We're nearing the end of the year, but as always, the beginning of the month signals a new Osprey book vote. This November sees us take the skies, as 5 potential Combat Aircraft books are battling it out for your vote. Have a read of the titles and their descriptions below and then vote for which title you'd like to see join the COM list.
COM - US Navy S-2 Tracker Units 1954-76
COM - Arado Ar 234 Blitz Bomber
COM - Israeli F-16 Units in Combat
COM - Wellington Squadrons of World War 2
COM - F-4 Phantom II Wild Weasel Units
US Navy S-2 Tracker Units 1954-76
This volume focuses on the Grumman S-2 Tracker and its long career on board US Navy aircraft carriers. The S-2 was a critical and frequently overlooked carrier-based warplane during the Cold War period. Twenty regular US Navy squadrons flew the S-2 over a 23 year period from a variety of aircraft carriers, performing anti-submarine warfare, airborne early warning and cargo-carrying missions.
Arado Ar 234 Blitz Bomber
When the revolutionary Arado Ar 234 jet bomber first appeared in the skies over northwest Europe in December 1944, it represented the state-of-the-art in terms of aeronautical and technical development as well as providing the Allied ground and air forces with a rude shock. The aeroplane was used successfully by the Luftwaffe as both a bomber and a high-speed reconnaissance aircraft in the final months of the war in Europe.
Israeli F-16 Units in Combat
Operating some 362 F-16s since the early 1980s, Israel has been the leading export customer for the highly successful American fighter-bomber. These aeroplanes, known as the Netz (F-16A/B), Barak (F-16C/D) and Sufa (F-16I) have seen near constant combat since 1981, claiming more than 40 aerial victories in that time and performing precision strikes against targets in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank.
Wellington Squadrons of World War 2
The most advanced twin-engined bomber in frontline service with the RAF at the start of World War 2, the aircraft remained in production for almost a decade. With more than 11,000 examples built, the Wellington, in its myriad guises, served with both Bomber Command and Coastal Command, as well as with units in North Africa and the Far East.
F-4 Phantom II Wild Weasel Units
The Soviet development of the surface-to-air missile and long-range detection and guidance radar prompted the USAF, in particular, to create a dedicated platform to neturalise these threats. The ubiquitous F-4 Phantom II was chosen for this remanding role during the Vietnam War, with the type making its combat debut in June 1968. Post-war, the more sophisticated F-4G, with a dedicated equipment fit and better armament capability, entered service in 1978. They duly became a vital component in the US tactical air forces of Europe and the Far East well into the early 1990s.
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Now it's time to reveal which of last month's Duel book vote triumphed and fought its way to the number one spot. With an impressive 36.07%, Humber vs Sdkfz 222 secured the victory, with M41 Walker Bulldog vs T-54 behind with 23.43%. Do you agree with the winner? What do you want to see us publish, let us know in our suggestion box on the homepage.
|DUE: Humber vs SdKfz 222: Armoured cars in North Africa 1941–3||36.07%|
|DUE: M41 Walker Bulldog vs T-54: Laos 1971||23.43%|
|DUE: British Coastal Gun vs German Coastal Gun: English Channel 1940–44||16.5%|
|DUE: Hunley vs Housatonic: Civil War submarine operations 1864||11.97%|
|DUE: US Coast Guard Cutter vs German Submarine: Atlantic 1941–43||12.03%|