Books and Publications
I have written numerous articles, reports and books on personnel management. Listed below are my articles and books on aviation.
Suez Operations Air Pictorial 8,9.1965
Aerial Topdressing in New Zealand Air Pictorial 2.1969
High Spies - post-war reconnaissance Air Pictorial 6,7.1971
Six-day War Air Pictorial 12.1973
Operation Firedog (Malaya) Air Pictorial 6,7,8.1975
Cuban Crises (Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis) Air Pictorial 6,7.1979
NATO Air Forces Air Pictorial 9.1979
NATO Air Defence Air Pictorial 8,9,10.1982
Suez Campaign Scale Aircraft Modelling vol 7/2 11.1984
U-2 to Berlin Wall Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aviation 182 1985
Cuba Cold War Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aviation 183 1985
Invasion of Grenada Air Pictorial 1.1985
RAF in Iraq 1920-29 Air Pictorial 4,5.1985
Operating the Tornado Air Pictorial 11.1985
Operation 'El Dorado Canyon' Libya Air Pictorial 1.1987
Exercise Elder Forest 1988 Air Pictorial 8.1988
RAF in Greece 1944-49 Aviation News vol 19/14 11.1990
Various entries in Warplane
Entry on Air Warfare since 1945 in Reader's Guide to Military History edited by Charles Messenger, Fitzroy Dearborn, London, 2001
Aircraft and Air Power: Cold War Years 1945-1975 in One Hundred Years of Powered Flight RAeS 2003
The Air Armada and other sections in D-Day The Air War Flypast Special 2004
Although all are now out of print copies of my books can usually be bought second-hand through www.bookfinder.com at between $20 and $100.
Air Wars and Aircraft: A Detailed Record of Air Combat, 1945 to the Present
Arms and Armour Press, London, 1989.
What the reviewers said:
"In the 10 years I have been writing this column I have seen hundreds of books. If I had to choose the one book that represented a publishing milestone, a stupendous effort, and a major source all in one volume, it would be this one." Peter Mersky, Naval Aviation News
"This is an immensely valuable single-source reference providing facts and figures on subjects ranging from the Greek Civil War to the Gulf War, and from Northern Ireland to Mozambique.****" Aircraft Illustrated
"At first glance the title....might appear to be another skimming the surface coffee table work - not so, go seek it out and discover the depth of this monumental reference tool." Flypast
"Vic Flintham has produced something that covers just about every small war that has taken place since World War 2, joined them all together and provided his readers with the most amazing set of facts and figures that can hardly be beaten for its comprehensiveness and skill in research." Aviation News
"Among the book's manifold virtues for the enthusiast - and I suspect that all the information in it must have been compiled by someone with the dogged devotion to the research task that only a true enthusiast could bring and another could appreciate - is that as a part of the coverage of each conflict there is a table of aircraft units involved, as well as notes on individual airframes and their colours." Scale Aircraft Modelling
Aircraft in British Military Service: British Service Aircraft Since 1946
Airlife, Shrewsbury, 1999.
What the reviewers said:
"This is a practical book which offers a minimum of pointless comment and a maximum of detail. Highly recommended as a quick reference for all military enthusiasts." Air-Britain Digest
"Though not a prolific author, Vic Flintham is an experienced writer and researcher whose long association with military aviation is clearly demonstrated in a fact-filled work of reference. .....provides the reader with unprecedented depth and breadth of information." Air Forces Monthly
"A well illustrated encyclopaedic tome, this product justly deserves inclusion in the serious enthusiast's book collection!" Flypast
"The author.... set out to provide an extensive aide-memoire to a very large subject. This he has done extremely well. If you want a reference between two covers to every post-war British military aircraft from the Eurofighter to the Procter Kittiwake then this is the book for you." Aerospace International
"This is one of those books that you pick up to check on a type and get side-tracked and find some equally fascinating information, despite being advised that it is a fine work of reference, rather than a reading book." Air Pictorial
Combat Codes: a Full Explanation and Listing of British, Commonwealth and Allied Air Force Unit Codes since 1938
With Andrew Thomas Airlife, Shrewsbury, 2003
What the reviewers said:
“….the two authors….have completed a remarkable research project which is probably about as accurate as you can get. …the ace factor is the almost unmatched collection of pictures.” Aviation News
“At last we have a comprehensive and near-definitive work on the squadron and unit markings carried by the RAF and later Allied aircraft during the Second World War. Destined to become the standard work on the subject, it is a must for the bookshelves of both serious researchers and aircraft modellers.” Air-Britain
“This is one of those essential reference tools which form the skeleton on which historical research is based.” Aeroplane
And in preparation...
Writing is advanced on my latest book which is a full description of all operational tasks conducted by British air arms between 1945 and 1995. Activities range between small scale humanitarian relief to engagement in major wars and campaigns like Korea, Malaya and Suez. Publication is due for 2009 and I am looking for previously unpublished photographs to support the extensive text.