Aircraft vs. Aircraft: The Illustrated Story of Fighter Pilot Combat from 1914 to the Present Day

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As soon as the first aeroplane had proved its value in war it became a target, and the fighter pilot was born. This book tells the story of the men and the aircraft in which they fought, from the rudimentary beginnings of tactics to the sophisticated technology of the present day.

Using diagrammatic paintings and pinpoint line artwork, the author illustrates the often complex manoeuvres of air combat, and tells the stories of fighter aces such as Baron von Richthofen, Albert ...

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As soon as the first aeroplane had proved its value in war it became a target, and the fighter pilot was born. This book tells the story of the men and the aircraft in which they fought, from the rudimentary beginnings of tactics to the sophisticated technology of the present day.

Using diagrammatic paintings and pinpoint line artwork, the author illustrates the often complex manoeuvres of air combat, and tells the stories of fighter aces such as Baron von Richthofen, Albert Ball, Saburo Sakai, "Sailor" Malan and Joseph McConnell. The book includes strategy and tactics from World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Falklands and the Gulf.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781902304045
  • Publisher: Grub Street
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Edition description: ILLUSTRATE
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 8.35 (w) x 10.76 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2000

    An excellent book on air combat

    This book is probably one of the best at describing air-to-air combat for the novice. Full of color pictures and diagrams showing the planes and the pilots that flew them, this book is an easy read. I'm reading my copy a little each day over lunch, and it makes for some good entertainment. The book presents an overview of how air combat developed, from WW1 to present, and focuses on particular dogfights as examples of how tactics changed as technology improved. Fans of flight simulators will enjoy some of the strategies described in the book, such as how the British and Australian Spitfire pilots used their aircraft against the more maneuverable Japanese Zeroes in the battle for the Pacific. A good book at a good price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2000

    A good read for air combat fans

    Norman Franks writes in a style that is easy to follow and understand. He even throws in lots of pictures and diagrams to emphasize the key points of each chapter, which makes the book a very entertaining read. There are a lot of good lessons here for flight sim pilots looking for tactical and strategic advice. The reader also gets a very good overview of the history of air combat, from WW1 to Desert Storm, from Lewis guns to Vulcan cannons to 'fire and forget' missiles. How did the Red Baron get so many kills? How did the Australian Spitfires fare against the Japanese Zeroes? Read the book. There's a lot of historical tactical advice here that's not covered in other books I've read (and I've read a few). And it can be read at your convenience - I'm choosing to read it a couple chapters at a time over lunch. Food for the body, food for the brain. The only downside to the book is that I had hoped it would have more tactical advice, but its still a good blend of tactics and history, probably more so than Spick's 'Luftwaffe Aces' and 'Allied Aces' books which are shorter on tactics and longer on history. 'Aircraft vs Aircraft' has better tactical advice, along with full color diagrams and pictures, printed on glossy paper. A good book for computer flight sim pilots and other people interested in aviation and air combat. Anyone who's watched 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' on tv or 'Top Gun', 'Fighter Squadron' or 'Flying Tigers' on film will like this book.

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