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 1943 to 1948, and was 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

Born William Tudor Gunston in London in 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]

On leaving school, Gunston joined the Royal Air Force. He was sent to University College, Durham from 1945–46 and then served as a pilot for three years, during which time he flew many types of aircraft, including the de Havilland Vampire jet fighter.[citation needed] After leaving the RAF, Gunston joined the staff of Flight International magazine, where, writing as "W.T.G.", he was appointed Technical Editor in 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.[4] He was editor of Jane's Aero-Engines from 1995 to 2007.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c "Bill Gunston, Obituary". The Daily Telegraph. London. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c 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 Feb. 2013.
  4. ^ Gunston, Bill (2015). Jane's All the World's Aircraft  : development & production : 2015-16. IHS Global. ISBN 978-0-7106-3135-0. 
  5. ^ Editorial Team Janes Aero-Engines Archived 17 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "No. 54255". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1995. p. 11. 


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