The mighty Short Stirling was the first four-engine heavy bomber to enter RAF service in the Second World War. It was at the forefront of the night bombing offensive against Germany before high losses forced its relegation to second-line duties. In its modified form as the Mk IV and Mk V, the Stirling fulfilled vital roles with the RAF as a paratrooper transport and glider tug and as a long-range passenger transport. Jonathan Falconer gives detailed insights into the design, construction and operational use of the Stirling
Jonathan Falconer is the author of more than 25 books on aspects of aviation and military history, including Stirling at War, Stirling Wings and Stirling in Combat. He is a senior commissioning editor with Haynes Publishing. He lives in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire
* Partner volume to the Haynes Avro Lancaster, Vickers Wellington and de Havilland Mosquito Manuals. * Unique Haynes manual insights into the construction, anatomy and operation of the Stirling bomber. * Includes more than 250 high-quality archive photographs and technical drawings. * Jonathan Falconer is author of Stirling at War, Stirling Wings and Stirling in Combat. * August 2015 is the 75th anniversary of the Stirling entering service with the RAF.