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Two new books on Chinese Military Aircraft and the PLAAF
« on: September 10, 2012, 05:37:51 am »
I would like to introduce to new books I was working one during the last years ....   :rolleyes:

The first one to be published soon as a handbook of the current PLAAF:

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Modern Chinese Air Power - People’s Liberation Army Air Forces - On sale 29 Oct 2012

Much of the fascination that Chinese military aviation holds for the analyst and enthusiast stems from the thick veil of secrecy that surrounds it. This uniquely compact yet comprehensive directory serves as a magnificently illustrated, in-depth analysis and directory of modern Chinese air power. It is organised in three parts: the most important military aircraft and their weapons found in Chinese service today; aircraft markings and serial number systems; and orders of battle for the People's Liberation Army Air Force and Naval Air Force. The study includes the latest developments emerging from behind the 'Bamboo Curtain', including the J-20 stealth fighter programme and other indigenous projects that are equipping a rapidly modernising air arm. The centrepiece consists of almost 100 fully illustrated pages detailing the organisational structure of the Air Force and Naval Aviation, providing an easy-to-use review of all known flying units, their equipment and their markings. No other book has ever attempted to present this level of accuracy in this way: 'Modern Chinese Air Power' portrays the PLAAF and the PLANAF in a degree of detail that was previously unavailable.

http://www.harpia-publishing.com/node/117


And the second one a bit later next year more related to the aircraft types and esp. the failed projects:  

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As China continues its rise as a world power, there is growing interest in its military aviation. Very little has been published in the past on the subject because of the difficulty of obtaining information, but aviation authors Tony Buttler and Andreas Rupprecht have been researching this subject together for a number of years, both from the perspective of their interest in the Chinese aircraft and also through an interest in Chinese secret aviation projects. They have now amassed enough material to put together a book on Chinese fighter and bomber aircraft development since Mao's Communist Party took control of the country in 1949. The book examines the design and development of the country's major military combat aircraft (fighters, bombers, attack aircraft, antisubmarine) since the industry became established after the Second World War, plus a good number of design proposals which, for whatever reason, were rejected or abandoned. The text is supplemented with photographs, line drawings, and color artwork of the aircraft.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dragons-Wings-Andreas-Rupprecht/dp/1906537364/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346936658&sr=8-1

Anyway It's finally done .... and I hope You like it, 

Deino   :drink:
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Re: Two new books on Chinese Military Aircraft and the PLAAF
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2012, 08:41:34 am »
It's finally done and hopefully worth all efforts  :whistle: .... "Modern Chinese Air Power" is 'going to the press' since yesterday:

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Modern Chinese Warplanes, Combat Aircraft and Units of the Chinese Air Force and Naval Aviation

Authors: Andreas Rupprecht and Tom Cooper
ISBN: 978-0-9854554-0-8
Size: 28x21cm, softcover
Volume: 256 pages with 3 black and white pictures, 274 colour pictures, 12 maps and 60 colour drawings
Retailprice: 35.95 Euro plus p&p
Publication Date: 24 October 2012
Publisher: Harpia Publishing L.L.C.

Where To Order http://www.harpia-publishing.com/?q=node/35/popup&view=stores

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Much of the fascination that Chinese military aviation holds for the analyst and enthusiast stems from the thick veil of secrecy that surrounds it. This uniquely compact yet comprehensive directory serves as a magnificently illustrated, in-depth analysis and directory of modern Chinese air power.

It is organised in three parts: the most important military aircraft and their weapons found in Chinese service today; aircraft markings and serial number systems; and orders of battle for the People's Liberation Army Air Force and Naval Air Force.

The study includes the latest developments emerging from behind the 'Bamboo Curtain', including the J-20 stealth fighter programme and other indigenous projects that are equipping a rapidly modernising air arm. The centrepiece consists of more than 100 fully illustrated pages detailing the organisational structure of the Air Force and Naval Aviation, providing an easy-to-use review of all known flying units, their equipment and their markings.

No other book has ever attempted to present this level of accuracy in this way: Modern Chinese Warplanes portrays the PLAAF and the PLANAF in a degree of detail that was previously unavailable.




As such all I need to say is THANK You all, who contributed with their input, help, comments, corrections and so on ...

Deino  ;)
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Re: Two new books on Chinese Military Aircraft and the PLAAF
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2012, 12:40:34 am »
Well done Deino - hope it does well  :thumbsup:
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Re: Two new books on Chinese Military Aircraft and the PLAAF
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2012, 07:35:14 am »
Hey Deino,

I've preordered Modern Chinese Warplanes on the US Amazon.  I'm waiting for Dragon's Wings to show up on the US catalog.  Looking forward to both!
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Re: Two new books on Chinese Military Aircraft and the PLAAF
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2012, 07:28:37 am »
Since yesterday an animated preview of the book is available ...

Harpia Publishing L.L.C.: MODERN CHINESE WARPLANES

I hope it was worth all efforts....
Cheers, Deino
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Re: Two new books on Chinese Military Aircraft and the PLAAF
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2012, 05:50:24 pm »
Both put on my Amazon wish list Deino! Hopefully someone will buy me one for Christmas and if not I'll get both myself after New Year!

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Re: Two new books on Chinese Military Aircraft and the PLAAF
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2012, 12:06:58 am »
Both put on my Amazon wish list Deino! Hopefully someone will buy me one for Christmas and if not I'll get both myself after New Year!

Paul Harrison

But please beware of Amazone, they are often much more expensive than our assigned retailers ... http://www.harpia-publishing.com/OurBooks?q=node/117/popup&view=stores


Besides that To admit ... I slowly feel a great relief !!!   :wub:

http://aeroscale.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=8422

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Modern Chinese Warplanes   

by: David L. Veres

World headlines remain replete with references to China’s energetic economy and political ascendancy. And its mysterious, muscular military clearly enjoys the benefits of lavish research, development, technology and production spending.

Now HARPIA PUBLISHING strips the shroud of secrecy with an indispensable handbook on emergent Chinese air power by Andreas Rupprecht and Tom Cooper.

Modern Chinese Warplanes sports 256 pages, hundreds of color photos and twelve maps. After brief historical notes, contents course from indigenous aircraft designs and weapons through markings and serials to orders of battle.

Subtitled “Combat Aircraft and Units of the Chinese Air Force and Naval Aviation”, coverage includes both the People’s Liberation Army Air Force and the People’s Liberation Army Naval Air Force – the so-called “second Chinese Air Force”.

Modelers and markings enthusiasts note! This vital volume sports dozens of superb color profiles by coauthor Cooper. Every major Chinese aircraft type – fighters, transports, trainers and helicopters – populate pages. And order-of-battle summaries even include rare unit badges.

Rupprecht and Cooper unearth some real nuggets. Notes on so-called “direct-reporting units”, for instance, include images of the Soaring Dragon UAV – as well as modified Tupolev Tu-154M and Boeing 737-3Q8 jet transports for ELINT/SIGINT missions. And those Shenyang J-6 UCAVs nearly gave me whiplash!

I frankly wished the authors broadened coverage to Chinese warplanes for export – like Chengdu’s FC-1/JF-17 fighter and Nanchang’s venerable A-5. But readers can reference HARPIA’s excellent IRIAF 2010: The Modern Iranian Air Force and African MiGs (vols 1 & 2) for select details of China’s international aviation efforts. Coverage of recent, multi-role designs like Guizhou’s JL-9 and Hongdu’s L-15 would have also enriched the account.

But I quibble. HARPIA has forged a radiant reputation with gems like this richly illustrated guide. Modern Chinese Warplanes deserves a place on the shelves of Far East military scholars and enthusiasts.

Get this terrific tome.
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Re: Two new books on Chinese Military Aircraft and the PLAAF
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2012, 12:38:20 am »
Gathering pictures from "exotic airplanes" since I can use internet, I was eager to get books that resume all because nothing is more appealing than pictures and pages (I am old enough to have known life without internet and i-someting stuff), and you made this real...
 OK I need and I will get one example of this book....NOW !!!
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Re: Two new books on Chinese Military Aircraft and the PLAAF
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2012, 04:51:27 am »
Thansk for Your interest .... and I hope (and I'm sure !) You wont be disappointed.

By the way here's a new review written by a guest reviewer at http://alert5.com/2012/12/12/book-review-modern-chinese-air-power-peoples-liberation-army-air-forces/#more-20271

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By Sean Chua

This book is the most up to date coverage of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force(PLAAF) and the People’s Liberation Army Naval Air Force( PLANAF).

The book is divided into three main areas- the current aircraft in service, their weaponry and the ORBAT of both services.

First part of the book introduces a brief history of PLAAF and PLANAF, this gives readers a concise understanding of both services’ history that helps the readers to understand the services formation and organization as what they are today.

Next a large chunk of the book is devoted to the next chapter- the details of the various types of combat and combat support aircraft currently in service as of 2012. The types covers fighters J-7,J-8, J-10, J-11, J-15,J-20, SU-27/30, JH-7, A-5 and H-6 bomber. Each type is accompanied by development history, details of specifications such as design, avionics, weapon systems and performance. High definition pictures are included for each type as well. A surprising number of unseen pictures are included too.

In addition the combat support types are included in the following chapters- the transports, AWACS trainers are covered as well. The AWACS fleet is one of most obscure subject in the PLAAF.

One useful chapter what was missing in other publications was the up to date weaponry deployed, which in this book is well documentated with pictures and illustrations. This chapter covers air-to-air and air-to-surface/ship or anti-radar missiles, plus PGMs, GP-bombs. Also a small mention of the Chinese nuclear weapons as well.

As much as most modellers like myself it will be good if the scale drawings of the aircraft are included as well, this will certainly complement the excellent pictures and color profiles in the book.

Chapter 4 deals with the ever mysterious serials of PLAAF and PLANAF aircraft. This chapter once and for all lifted all the mystery and confusion. How each aircraft is assigned to its regiments, divisions and military regions are explained. There is also a table detailing all the units with assigned serials since 2005.

Finally, Chapters 5 and 6 is the most comprehensive part of the book . Down to regimental level, the and complete ORBATs of the PLAAF and the PLANAF, Military Regions, and PLAN’s Fleet by Fleet, Division by Division are presented lavishly complete with photos, artworks, maps and tables.

The manner in which it was presented was easy to understand for most readers, each military region or fleet and their bases are accompanied by maps. A short write up of each division and a table detailing the regiments, the serials, type of aircraft deployed and the bases.

In conclusion this is currently THE book to get if you are into PLAAF/PLANAF. It has comprehensive coverage and up to date data. Highly recommended. I have a number of the Harpia titles and this title is certainly worth having in your collection.
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Re: Two new books on Chinese Military Aircraft and the PLAAF
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2012, 11:20:20 am »
Gathering pictures from "exotic airplanes" since I can use internet, I was eager to get books that resume all because nothing is more appealing than pictures and pages (I am old enough to have known life without internet and i-someting stuff), and you made this real...
 OK I need and I will get one example of this book....NOW !!!
 ;D

Agreed, I need a copy, but now????   My Christmas list  is already longer than the entire Anglo-Saxon  Chronicle.  I'll cheat and try to persuade the local library that they NEED a copy.  Deino might then get a regular few pennies from "Public Lending Right"  payment
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Re: Two new books on Chinese Military Aircraft and the PLAAF
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2012, 11:48:47 am »


Agreed, I need a copy, but now????   My Christmas list  is already longer than the entire Anglo-Saxon  Chronicle.  I'll cheat and try to persuade the local library that they NEED a copy.  Deino might then get a regular few pennies from "Public Lending Right"  payment
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So sharing a beer or two with him after his job Dec 24/25 may accelerate the delivery  :drink:
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Re: Two new books on Chinese Military Aircraft and the PLAAF
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2012, 12:04:45 pm »


Well as I told my 3 years old little princess, every Daddy knows Santa Claus very well and that's a fact and a duty for each Daddy....
So sharing a beer or two with him after his job Dec 24/25 may accelerate the delivery  :drink:
 ;)

What a good idea!    I work on the basis that  it's not really about whether you still believe in Santa,  it's much more a matter of "Does Santa still believe in you!!"
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Re: Two new books on Chinese Military Aircraft and the PLAAF
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2013, 05:27:22 am »
This book will be published with a new cover ... For all interested, just take a look ...





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Deino
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My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever; I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one:
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods:
For nothing now can ever come to any good.
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W.H.Auden (1945