An illustrated history of fighter aircraft, their origins and evolution. Fokkers, Hurricanes, Spitfires, Messerschmitts and many others from World Wars I and II. Today’s powerful supersonic jets, including F-14 Tomcats, MiGs and the Eurofighter
Over 599 colour photographs
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An illustrated A-Z catalogue of over 170 aircraft, including early planes used in World War I, fighters from the inter-war years and World War II, and the highly powerful supersonic 1jet aircraft of today
A guide to the different types of weapons used in air combat: machine-guns, cannons, rockets and missiles
Specification boxes for each aircraft provide at-a-glance information about the planes' country of origin, first flight, power, armament, size, weights and performance
Features 600 colour and black-and-white photographs from the Imperial War Museum Photograph Archive, many never previously published
Includes facts and anecdotes about battles and fighter aces, and a glossary explaining aviation terms and abbreviations
Fighters – aircraft designed to attack and destroy other aircraft – have existed almost as long as military aviation. With the outbreak of World War I in 1914, aircraft designed specifically as fighters appeared. By World War II, fighters had evolved into war-winning combat aircraft that could wipe an enemy air force from the sky. In campaigns such as the Battle of Britain in 1940, fighters played pivotal roles. Technical advances towards the end of the war led to the appearance of jet-powered fighters that were the forerunners of the complex machines in service today.
This impressive volume traces the development of fighters from World War I to the present day, and highlights actions in which fighters played a crucial role. Technological improvements and subsequent increased performance are explored, together with the development of fighter armament and pilot equipment. Special topics include inflight refuelling and carrier-borne aircraft.
The book has two substantial and comprehensive A–Z sections which form an illustrated guide to over 170 fighter aircraft. The first section covers aircraft from the pioneering days of air fighting in World War I through to the early jets in action at the end of World War II. This section is brimming with information and often rare photographs of truly classic fighter aircraft including the Bristol Fighter, Spitfire and P-51 Mustang.
The second section of the book focuses on the remarkable advances of post-World War II, mainly jet, aircraft from 1945 to the present day, and includes the MiG-15, Hunter, Harrier and F-14 Tomcat.
Detailed specification boxes are featured for every aircraft listed. These contain up-to-date information, including country of origin, first flight, power, armament, size, weights and performance.
Splendidly illustrated with 600 photographs, many previously unpublished from the Imperial War Museum Photograph Archive, this book provides enthusiasts and historians with key information about the world’s fighter aircraft. It is a must-have reference book for everyone interested in the aircraft that have helped make history.
Francis Crosby has had a deep interest in aviation since an early age. After qualifying and working as an archaeologist, in 1985 he joined the Imperial War Museum’s branch at Duxford, England, acknowledged as one of the world’s leading centres for aviation enthusiasts. Having held research and exhibition posts at the museum, he led Duxford’s Marketing Department for many years. He then established a marketing and business development consultancy and works with visitor attractions as well as heritage and cultural organizations around the world. He has written extensively on historic aviation and has acted as a consultant for the media and the publishing industry. Francis Crosby's published works include: Bombers; The World Encyclopedia of Naval Aircraft (both Lorenz Books); Images of War: D-Day; and Images of War: The Luftwaffe in World War II (both Pen and Sword).
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