The Hush-Kit Book of Warplanes

By Joe Coles

A brand new illustrated book from the highly acclaimed Hush-kit online magazine.

History | Illustrated
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“If you have any interest in aviation, you’ll be surprised, entertained and fascinated by Hush-Kit - the world’s best aviation blog”. Rowland White, author of the best-selling 'Vulcan 607'

From the cocaine, blood and flying scarves of World War One dogfighting to the dark arts of modern air combat, here is an enthralling ode to these brutally exciting killing machines.

The Hush-Kit Book of Warplanes is a beautifully designed, highly visual, collection of the best articles from the fascinating world of military aviation –hand-picked from the highly acclaimed Hush-kit online magazine (and mixed with a heavy punch of new exclusive material). It is packed with a feast of material, ranging from interviews with fighter pilots (including the English Electric Lightning, stealthy F-35B and Mach 3 MiG-25 ‘Foxbat’), to wicked satire, expert historical analysis, top 10s and all manner of things aeronautical, from the site described as "the thinking-man’s Top Gear... but for planes".

The solid well-researched information about aeroplanes is brilliantly combined with an irreverent attitude and real insight into the dangerous romantic world of combat aircraft.


  • Interviews with pilots of the F-14 Tomcat, Mirage, Typhoon, MiG-25, MiG-27, English Electric Lighting, Harrier, F-15, B-52 and many more.
  • Engaging Top (and bottom) 10s including: Greatest fighter aircraft of World War II, Worst British aircraft, Worst Soviet aircraft and many more insanely specific ones.
  • Expert analysis of weapons, tactics and technology.
  • A look into art and culture's love affair with the aeroplane.
  • Bizarre moments in aviation history.
  • Fascinating insights into exceptionally obscure warplanes.

The book will be a stunning object: an essential addition to the library of anyone with even a passing interest in the high-flying world of warplanes, and featuring first-rate photography and a wealth of new world-class illustrations.

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    Joe Coles

    Hush-Kit is an online magazine that reminds the world of the beauty of flight. It is jam-packed with exclusive articles, news, art and gossip - all from an aeronautical perspective.

    Edited & created by Joe Coles. Hush-Kit is the alternative aviation blog.

    “Joe Coles is one of the brightest, funniest people I know, and the only writer who makes aviation interesting to me. He manages to find something human in the cold, war-spattered world of planes, and brings light to the darkest subjects.” Eva Wiseman, Observer

    “This dude knows airplanes.” David Axe, War is Boring

    “For you aviation gearheads and mil-air nerds like me, @Hush_Kit is worth a follow for great stories and analysis on fighter aircraft.” Rick Wilson, pilot and #1 New York Times best-selling author of "Everything Trump Touches Dies"

    “Well-informed and always entertaining, Hush-Kit places aviation in the wider context. Flying has never seemed so thrilling.” Mark Townsend, multi award-winning journalist, war correspondent and author of "Point Man"

  • 3rd November 2020 Contest: you choose war graffiti on Soviet fighter plane

    Nikitin-Shevchenko IS-4 (1941)

    If the Nikitin-Shevchenko IS-4 (1941) had gone into service what might pilots or ground crew have scrawled on the tail? You decide on the word or phrase - ideally in Russian and if selected it will appear on the artwork seen in THE HUSH-KIT BOOK OF WARPLANES. Let’s find out about the world’s first variable geometry wing fighter. Leave your suggestions in comments…

    14th October 2020 The most under-rated Soviet combat aircraft?

    Speaking to a former Soviet air force pilot convinced me the Su-15 was far better, and certainly more significant, than is commonly thought. The Soviet Sukhoi Su-15 was one of the best interceptors of the 1960s and '70s. It had better acceleration and initial climb rate than the US F-106; compared to the British Lightning it had double the weapon-load and double the endurance. Vitally, this supersonic…

    3rd October 2020 A pacifist’s guide to military aircraft: Warplanes as a guilty pleasure



    The M16 assault rifle, good enough for Goldie Hawn.

    Have you ever seen a homemade gun? At the National Army Museum in Chelsea, London, there is a fascinating display of guns made for the IRA. These were not factory produced but cobbled together in sheds and workshops.

    They are brutal and naïve looking tools, quite unlike the mass-produced weapons familiar to our eyes. They are…

    31st August 2020 We have reached 100% but the fight must go on!

    The day began at 97%. I watched the figure rise with excitement. I felt a bit sick with nerves. Then we hit 100. I didn’t spit my coffee out with surprise but I did trip over the kitchen bin during my victory dance.

    The ‘Hush-Kit Book of Warplanes’ is now going ahead. Thank you. To me it's more the just a screen of virtual confetti, it's the vindication of many years of obsessive writing. My fetishisation…

    9th August 2020 I did it because I was drunk

      I was drunk when I said to Unbound that I would attempt to get the Hush-Kit Book of Warplanes to full 100% funding by 30 August 2020. I chose this date as it marks both the anniversary of the first flight of the Vulcan bomber (1952) and my birthday (YEAR WITHELD). As we are at currently at 81% this seems insanely ambitious, but the clock is ticking and there's no point in hanging around. With some…

    1st August 2020 Weird fact of the day: British Rail designed an interplanetary flying saucer in 1970


    British Rail Flying Saucer (1970)


    British Rail, the much missed national rail service, couldn't make a decent sandwich - but that didn't stop them flirting with interplanetary nuclear fusion powered flying saucers. Simply squirt liquid fuel beneath the aircraft, ignite it with a series of lasers, create a nuclear fusion explosion and contain the highly radioactive explosion within…

    29th July 2020 It's just a bloody plane!

    Whether it's loyalty or emotional immaturity that led me to keep my boyhood obsession with aeroplanes I can't tell you. I loved the aeroplane books I read as a child. Now, 35 odd years later I am making my own. I’ve had a lot of time to think about it. This is it.

    Since I started my aviation site in 2012 I have had the chance to do so many things that would impress my seven-year-old…

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  • Justin Martin
    Justin Martin asked:

    Is there a reward level that gives an ebook and a physical copy?

    Joe Coles
    Joe Coles replied:

    Hi Justin, all the physical books come with an ebook. Many thanks, Joe