A Field Guide To Airplanes Of North America

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Extending the principles of the famed Peterson Identification System to the man-made world, A Field Guide to Airplanes will enable you to identify virtually any plane in North America, in the air or on the ground. This fully revised and updated third edition features more than 400 aircraft, including 75 new planes that incorporate the latest advances in general aviation, military aircraft, commercial airliners, business jets, and helicopters. Beautiful and accurate illustrations include arrows and detailed ...

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Overview

Extending the principles of the famed Peterson Identification System to the man-made world, A Field Guide to Airplanes will enable you to identify virtually any plane in North America, in the air or on the ground. This fully revised and updated third edition features more than 400 aircraft, including 75 new planes that incorporate the latest advances in general aviation, military aircraft, commercial airliners, business jets, and helicopters. Beautiful and accurate illustrations include arrows and detailed drawings to help pinpoint the differences between similar models. Clear, succinct descriptions of each plane include statistical information, history, and a list of important field marks that distinguish one plane from another. For serious enthusiasts and amateurs alike, this is the only true field guide to airplanes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618411276
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Edition description: Revised, Update
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 192,890
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Formerly vice president and partner of the Architects Collaborative, the famous firm founded by Walter Gropius, Gerald Foster has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Boston Architectural Center as well as the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited at the DeCordova Museum and at various galleries. His books include A Field Guide to Airplanes, A Field Guide to Trains, and American Houses: A Field Guide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Perfect Condition

    Came quick and in great condition. Great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    A must-have for airplane spotters

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2001

    Love 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2000

    Reviewing 'A Field Guide to Airplanes'

    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.

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