Contents Amendments Cover Flying Guns - The Modern Era

Development of Aircraft Guns, Ammunition and Installations since 1945

Anthony G. Williams and Emmanuel Gustin
© 2004

Crowood Press

Hardcover, 240 pages.
ISBN 1 86126 655 3

This page was last updated on 2 June 2011.

Flying Guns – The Modern Era was published in March 2004. The book is available directly from its publisher, Crowood Press, and of course also from other outlets.

This is the third and final volume in the "Flying Guns" series. The first volume discussed aircraft gun armament between 1933 and 1945, and the second one covered the period before 1933. The third book in the series describes evolutions since 1945, until today and even beyond today, as we wonder what the future of aircraft armament will be.

So far we have given every volume of Flying Guns its own web pages. This will be the home page for Flying Guns - The Modern Era, which will be updated to contain a detailed table of contents and description of the book (with a few sample pages), as well as a list of amendments and additions to the book, when we find new data or interesting information, or discover errors.

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Quotes from Reviews

So, to sum up, the three volumes in this series tell the whole story of the evolution and employment of aircraft guns in the 20th Century and it seems unlikely that there will be much need to add more than a few footnotes in the future. It does this in sufficient detail to satisfy all but a ballistics expert and in the process makes a sharply focused and very valuable contribution to the annals of air power. Highly recommended.
Review by Wing Commander C J Jefford MBE BA, in the RAF Historical Society Journal 32 (2004).

Given the increasing sophistication and effectiveness of air-launched guided weapons, it could be assumed that the day of the aircraft gun was over. However, as this book points out, the gun still has an important role to play. [...] Recommended.
Review by Malcolm English, in Air International of October 2004.

Those wanting good overall coverage of the development of aircraft armament will find all three volumes invaluable. Those with more specialist interests can simply acquire the relevant tome.
Review by Philip Jarrett, in the Aeroplane monthly of September 2004. The three volumes of “Flying Guns” were “Book of the Month” for September 2004.