During the war, France had stayed away from the technological revolution that constituted propulsion by reaction. A considerable industrial and financial effort would make it possible to catch up in a few years and to see the emergence of Dassault's products. But before the program came to fruition, the Air Force had to learn all about this new mode of propulsion and its consequences for pilotage, maintenance, and combat procedures. It is a product of the British industry, the de Havilland DH.100 Vampire, which is chosen to ensure this mutation and radically modernize the hunting units. Some are delivered whole, coming from the RAF, the others being built under license in Marignane. The mastery of this manufacture will allow the SNCASE to develop a more powerful version, the SE.532 / 535 Mistral, used in the Algerian theater of operations. Upgraded in the mid-1950s, these unique-looking hunters allowed the French forces to enter the era of combat jets, but no book has so far traced the career, as they were numerous and widespread. The three authors, backed by a large network of friends, took up this challenge and told in detail the history of all the units and departments that had used Vampire and Mistral. Correlatively, the individual career of the 574 aircraft is closely traced. The industrial and operational aspects are not forgotten. The book, presented in two volumes, is based on an iconography of some 1,700 photos and drawings and on the many profiles made by Patrice Gaubert. More than 100 testimonials from the actors of this era show how the beginnings of the jet were exciting ... or dramatic.
About 1700 photos, 50 profiles, many shots 3-views at 1/72, all gathered in these two volumes. 384 pages for volume 01 and 400 pages for volume 02.
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REACTIONS of the readers: - Bravo to the three authors of the book VAMPIRE MISTRAL TOME 1 which is superb. Look forward to the second volume. Cdlt Ph. Bonnet. - I received the Vampire and Puma books yesterday in perfect condition; their rapid reading is promising and I can only once again congratulate their authors for their research as well as Lela Presse editions for the quality of their publications. These books will be references on these aircraft with rare histories. Best regards. Y. DANIELLOU. - I received your splendid work this morning: Superb, very beautiful work, on a particularly difficult subject and on which I would not have risked myself. There, you made "strong". A big admiring congratulations. Now, of course, we are waiting for volume 2. Hat down. Eric Moreau. - I just received your book, what a monument! Of course I haven't read it yet but leafed through it several times. This "small" plane deserved such a work, it must be the first jet plane that I saw flying during a meeting in Orly, it had to be British, so go know, there are over 70 years! Congratulations again, congratulations to share with all your collaborators. Michel Liébert. - Absolutely delighted to receive this monument this magnificent work this morning! I can't tear myself away from reading it. Bravo to the authors who, with this work, will immortalize ‘French Vampire and Mistral‘ and for whom I wish all the success it deserves! Bernard Régnier. Although I am still reading it, the incredible detail of this comprehensive coverage of the Vampire is something only a true expert could possible achieve ? It will definitely go on my 'Special Shelf' Well done - I am certainly envious ? Thank you once again for the excellent book. It was a privilege for me to contribute my small part in its certain success.
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