rolling thunder




Rolling Thunder

Jet Combat from WWII to the Gulf War


Rolling Thunder is the US edition of Splash One. It is a history of jet combat from World War Two to the Gulf War. It explains how what started as a dynamic race between Hitler’s scientists and the Allies became an indispensable part of modern warfare. The Cold War, fought through deterrence based on technological superiority, is over. But today the jet fighters on both sides, honed to perfection between the 1950s and 1980s, became the true warhorses of the ‘small wars’ in Korea, Vietnam, the Middle East, the Falklands and Afghanistan in particular.

This book is a detailed account of half a century of the fluctuations in the development of jet combat from guns to missiles, from maps to computers, from knights of the air to pinball wizards. It shows how the technical story and the human story intertwined to make the jet fighter one of the great icons of the second half of the twentieth century, and how jet fighter pilots became its great heroes.

Denis Showalter, a doyen of American aviation journalists, said in his review of Rolling Thunder: “A well-written, comprehensive, survey of jet fighter combat from its beginnings… good storytelling with solid analysis.”

Robert K Wilcox, the author of Scream of Eagles and Wings of Fury, called it: “An exciting and important story… Rendall knows his stuff.”


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