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The Halifax Explored PC CD-ROM
Following on from the great success of the Lancaster and Spitfire PC CD-ROMs from Flyingzone Publications is The Halifax Explored. The highly acclaimed 'Aircraft Exploration' series of easy-to-use historic aircraft reference software covers just about every aspect of the chosen subject, and the new Halifax CD-ROM is no different.

Features include easy navigation throughout, a help section, the ability to bookmark pages and search for information. All photographs, diagrams and text can be viewed full screen and printed. The mass of information within includes a menu-driven Pilot's Notes containing over 220 colour photographs, colour diagrams based on original Air Ministry documents, 18 photographic 'tour' sections covering all internal and external equipment, detailed bombs and bomb loads section with colour diagrams, an animated Halifax B.Ill engine start-up sequence. In addition there are Air Publication extracts relating to most items, Boulton Paul turret operational information and colour diagrams, Bristol Hercules VI and XVI engine data, plus sections on radio and Countermeasures equipment, navigational aids and the relevant bombsight. The CD also deals with all the UK and Canadian exhibits by giving details of their histories and museum information.
Flypast Magazine - April 2007 Issue
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The Halifax Explored
ALWAYS overshadowed by its Lancaster heavy bomber stablemate, the Halifax was not only a hugely important and successful component of RAF Bomber Command but it was also a vital contributor to the war effort on Coastal Command sorties, assault-glider towing duties, clandestine SOE missions and military transport operations. It is therefore very welcome to see this fine aircraft set down so well for posterity in this latest of the Flyingzone Publications' series of CD-Rom aircraft-type references. Laid out in a well designed and easy to use format, anything a researcher/enthusiast might want to know about the Halifax can be readily accessed within seconds. Nothing appears to have been overlooked and the sheer plethora of detailed information available is quite literally breathtaking. A complete technical specification is backed up by a reproduction of the original Pilot's and Flight Engineer's notes and further complemented by extraordinarily detailed side presentations covering the engines, bombsights, turrets and guns, navigation aids, and radio and Countermeasures systems. These are all supported by hundreds of close-up illustrations of crew stations, individual controls, instruments and a myriad other components which have been photographed on board the only Halifax airframes still in existence. Interesting side chapters on the current homes of these aircraft - the Imperial War Museum, RAF Museum, Yorkshire Air Museum and RCAF Memorial Museum - are also included while the Handley Page Association nicely rounds the whole thing off with a remarkably detailed record of the aircraft's production and operational histories. With many interactively captioned illustrations adding to the ease of extracting information speedily, this is not only an extremely handy reference for the serious researcher or historian but an entertaining way of just soaking up the atmosphere of a classic wartime aircraft. - BOB MILLICHAP
Aviation News - April 2007 Issue
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The Catalina Society
The Aircraft Exploration series of CD-ROMs produced by Flyingzone Publications has been featured in this column before (Lancaster and Spitfire Mk V) and Volume 3 has recently been released in the form of The Halifax Explored. The format of the previous two volumes has been adhered to with sections of the computer disc covering Pilot's Notes, official manuals and publications, photographs, Air Ministry diagrams and much, much more. Some of the material has been based on the surviving Halifax airframes around the world including those at Trenton, Ontario; Elvington, Yorkshire and the RAF Museum and Imperial War Museum, London. Owners of the previous two volumes will know what to expect. Those unfamiliar with the concept of these superb reference sources are urged to review them on the company website - see below. I am told that future volumes will cover the Hurricane and Mosquito.....David Legg
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