International Air Power Review - Volume 9

The postman just delivered IAPR Vol 9 - so I thought I'd share the contents with and go into smug mode 'cos I got mine and you aint !!
Contents list....
Air Power Intelligence News Report - Operation Iraqi Freedom (yawn!) Debrief Aerostar's MiG-21 Upgrades Swiss AF Wartime Bases NATO Peacekeepers over Afghanistan Focus Aircraft - Dassault Mirage 2000 (yawn!) Photo Report - Botswana Defence Force Air Power Analysis - Former Yugosvalia Part 2 Serbia & Montenegro, Slovenia Special Feature - PfP Helos Variant File - B-52 Stratofortress Part 2 (B-52D to B-52J) Combat Colours - Thunder over Italy (colourful Italian jets) Warplane Classis - Tupolev Tu-16 'Badger' Combat Colours - Before Barbarossa (colour pics of Luftwaffe) Type Analysis - Westland Wyvern.
Now I usually look forward to the arrival of a new volume of IAPR - but this one is very disappointing.
Operation Iraqi Freedom has already been covered in the monthly mags (AFM, Air International etc) - and I don't think this piece adds anything new.
I suppose that is one of the problems with a quarterly publication - by the time it hits the shops, the news stuff is way out of date.
I can just about live with that - but IAPR are pulling my plonker with the Tu-16 article !!!
I glanced through it - and thought "this looks familar - they have re-worked their previous stuff" - but no, they haven't even bothered to reformat it or add a couple of new pics - it is a straight lift from their already published hardback 'Tupolev Bombers' - which itself was a regurgitation of articles from previous IAPR and WAPJ's.
I now have the Badger article THREE times !!
Come on Airtime, if you want my custom in future, stop re-publishing the same stuff !!
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Ken Duffey - Flanker Freak & Russian Aviation Enthusiast Flankers Website - http://www.flankers.co.uk / ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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On Fri, 14 Nov 2003 17:29:59 +0000, Ken Duffey <kenduf
Westland Wyvern sounds interesting at least.
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Mine hasn't come yet. B-52J? "J"??
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Frank wrote:

My thoughts exactly. What 'J'? Otherwise I tend to agree with Ken. No need to open the wallet for this one.
Bill Banaszak, MFE
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Bill Banaszak wrote:

    Ummm! I think B-52J was the designation given to a one off bird modified from another suffix for some special test work. May not have been a completely official Air Force designator. Memory at 65 isn't what it used to be.
                                Bill Shuey
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"William H. Shuey" wrote:

Sounds reasonable and my memory was never what it used to be. ;)
Bill Banaszak, MFE
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Frank wrote:

I should have written it as 'B-52J' - inside speech marks - as it is in IAPR.
It is the proposed B-52H re-engined with four Rolls-Royce RB-211's
They provide a Boeing illustration of what it might have looked like.
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I wondered. I've always seen it as B-52RE, well, what few times I have seen it. No worse than F/A-18 or F/A-22. What about B-52I? Oh yeah, that's Dale Brown's Megafortress. :)
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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net wrote:

Nope. The "Megafortress" is designated EB-52.
--
Edwin (who's read every book except "Air Battle Force".)

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In one of the "Old Dog" books it's B-52I.
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According to the IAPR B-52J was a Boeing proposed re-engining with RR turbofans to increase range save gas you know all that stuff. 10 years ago it may have been financially viable. Too short a life left in the planes to recoup the investment. Never went passed the drawing board.

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That's depressing. WAPJ was really great (WoF good too), but it seems that IAPR is running out of steam with some of their recent publications. Perhaps not surprising in that there are only so many planes to talk about, and only so much information available to the company. I think they could certainly make better use of experiences, comments, and stories from actual aircrews (and even from maintenance folks). That would fill up a couple of pages and provide another interesting aspect to the technical facts that they present. What was it like flying the Badger? Compared to other bombers? How credible of a threat did they believe they posed to U.S. carrier groups? What was their probable survivability? Any interesting emergencies, test flights, or funny incidents? Sure, this isn't pure, hard aviation journalism, but it would certainly help freshen up old factual material by providing entertaining anecdotal and circumstantial information.
Tony
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I certainly think there's plenty of material they could cover as far as aircraft of the past. When was the last time you saw a first-class article on the B-18 Bolo or Fiat Br.20 or B-45 Tornado? As for current aircraft, it does seem a bit boring. Can't say I was real excited on that issue with the F-14 as Focus aircraft. I'm sure something current has been neglected. Helicopters? Transports? Not as sexy as fighters, but still important.
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I would definitely enjoy more articles on "past" aircraft. I remember towards the end of WAPJ's run that I was getting rather bored with the series, but I looked forward to each and every issue of WoF. I have to admit, when I get each issue of IAPR, I first read the articles on WW2 aircraft, since the current focus aircraft has already been done many times.
Sean

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Agree. I was very disappointed that WoF went down the tubes. Was it for lack of support? A corporate decision?
Cheers,
Doc H
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DHopper8 wrote:

WoFs outnumber WAPJs 3-1 in my library and they were bought as opposed to being 'handed down' the WAPJs. I can't imagine someone buying them, reading them and discarding them thereafter.
Bill Banaszak, MFE
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I can't recall the reasoning behind why they dropped WAPJ and WoF and started IAPR. I DO recall that Airtime Publishing did give some excuse or another.
I checked the mail today and I, too, am disappointed with IAPR #9.
FWIW, would anybody else out there like to see some coverage of Japanese WW2 aircraft?
Sean

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I'd like to see coverage of any aircraft that you don't see covered much in magazines or books. No more articles on Bf 109, FW190, P-51,P-47, B-17, Spitfire, Hurricane, Mosquito, Zero.
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I share that view.
Doc H
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Sean wrote:

Me! Me! That's one heck of a gap in WWII coverage, at least in English. I remember Gernot saying there was a considerable amount of info available in Japanese only. I've seen some coverage in Koku-fan but it's all in Japanese too.
Bill Banaszak, MFE
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