Bill Gunston OBE, FRAeS (1 March 1927 – 1 June 2013)[1] was a British aviation and military author.[2] He flew with Britain's Royal Air Force from 1945 to 1948, and after pilot training became a flying instructor. He spent most of his adult life doing research and writing on aircraft and aviation. He was the author of over 350 books and articles. His work included many books published by Salamander Books.

Early life edit

Born William Tudor Gunston in London on 1 March 1927,[3] Gunston was educated at Pinner County Grammar School.[2] In his spare time, he was Flight Sergeant in the school Air Training Corps squadron and, for several months, the London Philharmonic Orchestra's librarian.[citation needed]

Royal Air Force edit

Gunston joined the Royal Air Force in 1945 and went to University College, Durham on an RAF cadetship.[4] In 1946 he moved to No 4 Flying Training School in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia to train as a pilot.[4] / He later moved to No 5 Flying Training School at Thornhill were he continued training and then became an instructor flying the North American Harvard.[4] He later flew the de Havilland Vampire F3 a single-seat jet fighter before he left the RAF in 1948.[4]

Author and editor edit

Gunston attended the Northampton Engineering College until 1951[4] then he joined the staff of Flight International magazine, where, writing as "W.T.G.", he was appointed Technical Editor in April 1955.[3] From 1969, he was part of the production team on the annual publication Jane's All the World's Aircraft, editing the 2015/16 edition.[5] He was editor of Jane's Aero-Engines from 1995 to 2007.[6]

Family life and death edit

Gunston married Margaret who had been his secretary and they had two daughters. [4] He died on 1 June 2013.[4]

Honours and awards edit

Books edit

  • Plane Speaking, Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1991 ISBN 1-85260-166-3
  • Mikoyan MiG-21, Osprey, 1986 ISBN 0-85045-652-5
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the World's Modern Military Aircraft ISBN 978-0-86101-010-3
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the World's Rockets and Missiles ISBN 0-8317-7415-0
  • Modern Air Combat, 1988 ISBN 978-0517412657
  • Soviet Air Power
  • The US War Machine
  • Submarines in Colour, Blandford Colour Series. Blandford, 1976 ISBN 0-7137-0780-1
  • Hitler's Luftwaffe: A Pictorial history and technical encyclopedia of Hitler's air power in World War II, London: Salamander Books Ltd, 1977. ISBN 978-0517224779
  • Modern Fighting Aircraft ISBN 0-86101-158-9
  • The Illustrated Directory of Fighting Aircraft of World War II ISBN 0-7603-0722-9
  • Fighter! A Pictorial History of International Fighter Aircraft, Bristol: Parragon, 1997. ISBN 0-75252-608-1.
  • Fighters of the Fifties, Specialty Press, 1981 ISBN 0-933424-32-9
  • Early Supersonic Fighters of the West London: Ian Allan Ltd., 1973. ISBN 0-7110-0636-9.
  • Bombers of the West. London: Ian Allan Ltd., 1973. ISBN 0-7110-0456-0.
  • The Encyclopedia of the World's Combat Aircraft. New York: Chartwell Books, Inc., 1976. ISBN 0-89009-054-8.
  • The Encyclopedia of the World's Airpower. Consultant Editor. New York, New York: Crown Publishers, 1979. ISBN 0-517-53754-0
  • Faster Than Sound: The Story of Supersonic Flight. London: Haynes, 1992. ISBN 1-85260-317-8.
  • Attack Aircraft of the West London: Ian Allan Ltd., 1974. ISBN 0-7110-0523-0.
  • An Illustrated Guide to Allied Fighters of World War II. London: Salamander Books Ltd, 1981. ISBN 0-668-05228-7.
  • An Illustrated Guide to Military Helicopters, London: Salamander Books Ltd, 1981. ISBN 0-86101-110-4.
  • An Illustrated Guide to the Israeli Air Force, London: Salamander Books Ltd, 1982. ISBN 0-86101-140-6.
  • An Illustrated Guide to Future Fighters and Combat Aircraft, London: Salamander Books Ltd, 1984. ISBN 0-86101-163-5.
  • An Illustrated Guide to Modern Fighters and Attack Aircraft, Prentice Hall Direct, 1987. ISBN 013451162X.
  • An Illustrated Guide to Modern Bombers, London: Salamander Books Ltd, 1988. ISBN 0134532686.
  • Stealth Warplanes, Osprey Combat Aircraft Series, 1988. ISBN 0-85045-830-7.
  • Grumman Sixty Years Of Excellence Crown; 1st USA edition, 1988. ISBN 0517567962.

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Notes edit

  1. ^ "Bill Gunston, Obituary". The Daily Telegraph. London. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b Gething, Michael (9 June 2013). "Obituary: Bill Gunston OBE, FRAeS". Jane's Defence Weekly. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  3. ^ a b "William Tudor Gunston." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Biography in Context. Web. 21 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Gething, Michael J (August 2013). "Obituaries - William Tudor Gunston". Aero Space. Vol. 40, no. 8. Royal Aeronautical Society.
  5. ^ Gunston, Bill (2015). Jane's All the World's Aircraft : development & production : 2015-16. IHS Global. ISBN 978-0-7106-3135-0.
  6. ^ Editorial Team Janes Aero-Engines Archived 17 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "No. 54255". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1995. p. 11.

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