Emmanuel Gustin's Home Page

Welcome to my old hobby page! It has not been seriously updated for many years, and I apologize for any dead links. My interest in history is alive and well, though now a bit broader than aviation history. But my research work consumes so much of my time and energy that I may not return to creating anything here for the next 15 years or so. Meanwhile, enjoy!

Flying Guns
World War II
Flying Guns
World War I
Flying Guns
The Modern Era

Flying Guns - World War II
Flying Guns World War II
Development of Aircraft Guns, Ammunition and Installations 1933-45
Anthony G. Williams and Emmanuel Gustin



Flying Guns - World War I
Flying Guns World War I
Development of Aircraft Guns, Ammunition and Installations 1914-32
Anthony G. Williams and Emmanuel Gustin


Flying Guns - The Modern Era
Flying Guns - The Modern Era
Development of Aircraft Guns, Ammunition and Installations since 1945
Anthony G. Williams and Emmanuel Gustin


The Flying Guns series once began with the message that I would welcome a lot of work: It was, and we wrote three books instead of one. Many works on the history of military aviation turn a blind eye to the real purpose of these machines, focusing on their often brilliant engineering, and ignoring that they were built to kill and destroy. Yet that was their purpose, which they too often accomplished with blind lack of selectivity, but also often failed to achieve. We aimed to set the record straight by focusing, as it were, on the business end. Since publication of these books a fair amount of research was done by professional historians (which I am not) but I hope they remain a good starting point.


Military
Aviation
History
Links Flying Guns
The Website

Twin Fighters of WWII
Light Fighters of WWII
No-Allowance Sighting
Armour of the Air
Aircraft Designation Systems
Avro Arrow
BAC TSR.2
Grumman F4F Wildcat
Junkers Ju 87 Stuka
Vought F4U Corsair


Articles of varying length and indeterminate state of completion and accuracy! I put them here because, as a Roman poet put it, you don't write if nobody reads.

Anthony Williams maintains his website on military guns and ammunition, which contains about two dozen very informative articles on aircraft weaponry.

Military Aviation History created an excellent video on Youtube comparing armament options for (mostly) American and German WWII fighters.

Calum Douglas wrote The Secret Horsepower Race, a great book on WW2 fighter engine development.

Tommy Thomason's blog U.S. Navy Aircraft History is now infrequently updated, but always has excellent information.


Flying Guns Website
A short history of aircraft gun armament. This predates the books, and can be regarded as a quick and very simplified overview.

Emmanuel Gustin
Schouwvelden 34 bus 2
2860 Sint-Katelijne-Waver
Belgium