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50 Aircraft That Changed the World

by Ron Dick, Dan Patterson
     
 

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"A close-up survey of 50 of arguably the most remarkable and influential aircraft in aviation history. . . . Beautifully presented . . . this book will grace the coffee table of any aviation aficionado."
-- Airforce Magazine

In this book, the authors of the widely acclaimed Aviation Century series profile 50 of history's most influential aircraft,

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"A close-up survey of 50 of arguably the most remarkable and influential aircraft in aviation history. . . . Beautifully presented . . . this book will grace the coffee table of any aviation aficionado."
-- Airforce Magazine

In this book, the authors of the widely acclaimed Aviation Century series profile 50 of history's most influential aircraft, their pilots and designers.

They begin with the Wright Brothers' 1905 Flyer, then move on to the birth of aerial warfare in World War I, the trailblazers of the interwar years, classic World War II aircraft, the jets of the Korean and Vietnam wars, modern commercial carriers, private jets, experimental designs and new combat fighters featuring stealth technology.

Featured aircraft in 50 Aircraft That Changed the World include:

  • Fokker E.111

  • Charles Lindbergh's Ryan NYP
  • Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega
  • Messerschmitt Bf 109
  • Supermarine Spitfire
  • Boeing B-17
  • Avro Lancaster
  • De Havilland Mosquito
  • Howard Hughes's Lockheed Constellation
  • Concorde
  • Learjet
  • Boeing B-52
  • Rutan Voyager

Hundreds of color and archival photographs enhance the informative and entertaining text.

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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Jewish News - Sheldon Kirshner
Fascinating.
Library Journal

Following the completion of their excellent five-volume "Aviation Century" series in 2006, Dick and photographer Patterson decided to further share their expertise by offering additional studies of some of the century's legendary airplanes. This is their subjective attempt to rank which aircrafts merited inclusion (along with their pilots and designers) among the top 50 Aviation Hall of Famers. Priority choices include the Wright brothers' 1905 Flyer and various World War I fighters. The section covering the interwar period offers several record-breaking machines, while the World War II inductees profiled conclude with Hitler's Messerschmitt 262 jet interceptor. Classic Korean War jets and commercial liners follow. The book's final portions are devoted to aerospace engineer Burt Rutan's futuristic flying creations and combat jets for the 21st century, which incorporate such innovations as stealth technology and fly-by-wire controls. This is much more than a composite rehash of the "Aviation Century" series. The text is new, the team's selections are defensible, and the illustrations (300 color/b&w), sidebars, pilot and aircraft profiles, and human-interest stories are all fresh, appealing, and insightful. Recommended for all aeronautical collections.
—John Carver Edwards

Muskoka Today - Lois Cooper
Really a must read for everyone -- imagine the history.
Airforce Magazine - Vic Johnson
A close-up survey of 50 of arguably the most remarkable and influential aircraft in aviation history... Beautifully presented... A bargain at 40 bucks, this book will grace the coffee table of any aviation aficionado.
Midwest Book Review - James A. Cox
An impressive and encyclopedic history of influential aircraft [that] should be a part of every personal, professional, academic, and community library's Aviation History reference collection.
American Reference Books Annual 2008 - Gregory Curtis
The format and size of this work lend themselves to aviation enthusiasts seeking striking images of famous airplanes.
Choice - M. Levinson
Dick and Patterson have made unusually fine choices.... The 50 aircraft...receive analytical but accurately admiring write-ups... Reasonable affection for aircraft is shown throughout this attractive, literate volume. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554076581
Publisher:
Boston Mills Press
Publication date:
08/12/2010
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
726,050
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Ron Dick served with the Royal Air Force for 38 years, retiring in the rank of Air Vice-Marshal. After his retirement, Dick lived in Virginia and wrote and lectured on military and aviation history until his death in May 2008.

Dan Patterson received the first annual Combs Award, honoring his contribution to the photographic preservation of America's air and space heritage. He lives in Dayton, Ohio.

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