Tornado: In the Eye of the Storm (Hardback)John Nichol (author)
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From the author of Spitfire and Lancaster comes the gripping story of the Tornado aircraft during the First Gulf War, as numerous aircrews proved their mettle with incredible courage and daring.
Former Tornado Navigator John Nichol tells the incredible story of the RAF Tornado force during the First Gulf War in 1991; the excitement and the danger, the fear and the losses. It is an extraordinary account of courage and fortitude.
'We were doing about 620 miles-per-hour, 200 feet above the desert, in total darkness. Everything was running on rails as we approached the target. Then all hell broke loose. I remember the missile being fired at us; I broke left and shouted, "Chaff!"
'All I could see was a flame, like a very large firework, coming towards me. Then there was a huge white flash. I remember an enormous wind and then I was knocked unconscious. My last thoughts were that I was going to die.'
In 1990, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein ordered the invasion and occupation of neighbouring Kuwait, setting in motion a chain of events that had unimaginable political, military and personal repercussions, which still reverberate around the globe today.
This is the story of the aircrew at the heart of Operation Desert Storm, almost none of whom had any prior experience of armed combat. It is the story of the Tornado's missions, of those who did not return - and of the families who watched and waited as one of the most complex conflicts in recent history unfolded live on television. It is a story of untold fear and suffering, and astounding courage in the face of hitherto unimaginable adversity.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 496
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 36 mm
'He has used his extensive knowledge and contacts to create a well-rounded record of the Tornado strike force during the Gulf War. He... brings the experience of flying and fighting the aircraft to life in a dramatic but expert fashion... Nichol combines a professional eye for the technicalities with the human stories to create a readable and informative work, and a fitting tribute to those who did not come home.' * History of War *
'Nichol superbly interleaves graphic stories of combat with the effects on those left at home. The author describes combat with a superbly written dispassionate voice, relating the technicalities and feelings of modern combat clearly and with a style that takes you seamlessly from the Tornado's cockpit to the fears of those left at home ... This is a fine book to join his "biographies" of the Spitfire and Lancaster ... And one of the best pieces of sharp-end military history I have had the privilege and pleasure of reading.' * The Aviation Historian *
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“A remarkable account of life in the cockpit of a Tornado during war & peacetime.”
From the first chapter I was hooked, and it almost felt like I was in the cockpit with them, John Nichol has a great way of drawing the reader into what was, the tense world of a Tornado fighter pilot and navigator.
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