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John William Ransom Taylor (June 8, 1922-December 12, 1999) was a British aviation expert and editor. He edited Jane's All the World's Aircraft for three decades during the Cold War. He retired as editor in 1989, just as the Iron Curtain obscuring the Soviet Bloc's technology started to lift.

Taylor, who lived to the age of 77, was a master of a parallel art to Kremlinology, he could deduce the performance of Soviet military equipment from blurred photographs.

"Thus in 1961, when Western intelligence was fascinated by early glimpses of a new Soviet bomber, the Tupolev Tu-22, many analysts estimated it could reach a speed of Mach 2.5 - more than twice the speed of sound. But Taylor, after noting the shape of the aircraft's engine intakes, put the maximum at no more than Mach 1.4, which proved much closer to the truth. In 1983, he analysed the MiG-29 fighter, whose agility was the cause of much anxiety amongst NATO's war-gamers; seven years later, when Jane's was able to check his suggested measurements, they were found to be accurate to within an inch. " The Guardian, Tuesday 25 January 2000.

Taylor was educated at Ely Cathedral Choir School (King's School, Ely) and Soham Grammar School in Cambridgeshire. He trained as a draughtsman and joined Hawker Aircraft in 1941. There he worked on the development of the Hurricane fighter and its successors. His specialisation was rectifying design defects. He joined Jane's as editorial assistant on Jane's All the World's Aircraft in 1955 and four years later he took over as editor. Until the late 1960s he edited this volume with virtually no editorial support but his love of aviation was such that this was a challenge he enjoyed.
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Total Books: 25
Century of Flight
2001 - Century of Flight (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780752411187
ISBN-10: 0752411187
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Sikorsky
1998 - Sikorsky [Florida] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780752411101
ISBN-10: 0752411101
Genres: History, Nonfiction, Science & Math
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Jane's Pocket Book of Military Transport and Training Aircraft
1979 - Jane's Pocket Book of Military Transport and Training Aircraft (Other)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780354010832
ISBN-10: 0354010832
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The Guinness Book of Air Facts  Feats
1977 - The Guinness Book of Air Facts Feats (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780900424342
ISBN-10: 0900424346
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Jane's Pocket Book of Major Combat Aircraft
1973 - Jane's Pocket Book of Major Combat Aircraft (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780356043722
ISBN-10: 035604372X
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Jane's Pocket Book of Commercial Transport Aircraft
1973 - Jane's Pocket Book of Commercial Transport Aircraft [Jane's pocket book] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780356043753
ISBN-10: 0356043754
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Aircraft Aircraft
1972 - Aircraft Aircraft (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780600301240
ISBN-10: 0600301249
Genre: History
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Aircraft
1971 - Aircraft [Hamlyn All-Colour Paperbacks] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780600001157
ISBN-10: 0600001156
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JANE'S ALL THE WORLD'S AIRCRAFT
1969 - Jane's All the World's Aircraft (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780354000512
ISBN-10: 0354000519
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Royal Air Force
1965 - Royal Air Force (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780192730954
ISBN-10: 0192730959
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JANE'S ALL THE WORLD'S AIRCRAFT 1973-74
Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1973-74 (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780070320215
ISBN-10: 0070320217
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Jane's Pocket Book of Remote Piloted Vehicles Robot Aircraft Today
Jane's Pocket Book of Remote Piloted Vehicles Robot Aircraft Today (Other)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780356084084
ISBN-10: 0356084086
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Great Aircraft of the World
Great Aircraft of the World (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780399504716
ISBN-10: 0399504710
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Rockets and satellites work like this
Rockets and Satellites Work Like This [Science works like this series] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780460064071
ISBN-10: 046006407X
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Aircraft Strategy and Operations of the Soviet Air Force
Aircraft Strategy and Operations of the Soviet Air Force (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780710603739
ISBN-10: 0710603738
Genre: History
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JANE'S ALL THE WORLD'S AIRCRAFT 1982-83
Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1982-83 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780710607485
ISBN-10: 0710607482
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Pictorial History of the RAF  Volume One 1918 - 1939
Pictorial History of the Raf Volume One 1918 - 1939 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780711000254
ISBN-10: 0711000255
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Warplanes of the world
Warplanes of the World (Other)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780711000629
ISBN-10: 071100062X
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CIVIL AIRCRAFT OF THE WORLD
Civil Aircraft of the World (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780711003088
ISBN-10: 0711003084
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Flight Story of
Flight Story Of (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780907486718
ISBN-10: 0907486711
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