A Field Guide to Airplanes: of North Americaby Gerald L. Foster, M. R. Montgomery
The only complete, pocket-size guide to airplanes seen in North America, this includes more than 350 civilian and military aircraft, from early biplanes to Stealth fighters. Provides history, specifications, identifying features, and number made. See more details below
The only complete, pocket-size guide to airplanes seen in North America, this includes more than 350 civilian and military aircraft, from early biplanes to Stealth fighters. Provides history, specifications, identifying features, and number made.
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- Second Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 4.54(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.76(d)
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Came quick and in great condition. Great book.
This book is a great resource for both airplane spotters and aviation enthusiasts alike. It runs through most any airplane that you are likely to see in North America. The illustrations are top-notch, and they are arranged with other planes that look similar. Also, there are many visual clues that the authors key on that help decide one aircraft vs. another. One caveat is that the book only addresses aircraft that you're likely to see (flying) in North America. So count out Tupolev and other foreign makes that don't cross the Atlantic. Also, the author doesn't break down different versions of the same aircraft that much, so it won't help you decide between a B737-300 and a B737-500, or an A319 vs an A321. But those shortcomings are minor and I would strongly recommend the book. It is small enough that you could take it with you on your next flight, too. If a competitor to this book exists, I'd like to know about it.
I think this is a great book for anyone who has ever had any interest in airplanes. The book does a wonderful job of comparing similar planes and summarizing similarities and differences. The sketches are also very helpful in clarifying the written comments.
I'm the Chief of Training at at Air Force Control Tower and used this book to assist new controllers in basic aircraft recognition. It has helped all who read it and proved a handy reference book that doesn't take up a lot of space.