Classic Fighters

Classic Fighters

by Ray Bonds
     
 

Packed with fascinating facts, this volume contains incredibly detailed cutaway drawings of arguably the greatest fighter aircraft ever flown. Each drawing examines what’s ‘under the skin’, clearly showing ‘the inside story’ – airframe structure, cockpit components, engines, fuel tanks, avionics, machine guns and cannon, missiles

Overview

Packed with fascinating facts, this volume contains incredibly detailed cutaway drawings of arguably the greatest fighter aircraft ever flown. Each drawing examines what’s ‘under the skin’, clearly showing ‘the inside story’ – airframe structure, cockpit components, engines, fuel tanks, avionics, machine guns and cannon, missiles and bombs – revealing how the fighters were built, and the weapons they have carried into combat.

Each significant component is given a number and is identified in an accompanying key. Moreover, together with stunning photographs, as well as detailed specifications, the absorbing in-depth development histories provide avid aviation enthusiasts all the information they could wish for about the most exciting warplanes spanning almost a hundred years.

The aircraft themselves vary tremendously, from simple, wooden-framed, fabric-covered machines with open cockpits, often firing machine guns through whirring, propellers, to super-fast, highly maneuverable, sophisticated and stealthy fighters armed to the teeth with multi-barrel cannons and missiles that can destroy enemy aircraft from beyond visual range.

In between are featured a host of combat-proven fighters, many of which have recorded a plethora of ‘firsts’ – first jet warplane, first supersonic fighter to enter service, first Mach 2 and even Mach 3 interceptors, first tail-less delta machine, first sweeping-wing machine, first missile-armed fighter, and many more. It is certainly an extraordinarily wide-ranging subject presented in such a fantastically individual manner that it is difficult to imagine a more striking volume in aviation publishing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780785827856
Publisher:
Chartwell Books
Publication date:
02/18/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
253
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 12.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Wayne Youngblood is a freelance author and editor with a broad variety of interests. He has written books on a range of subjects from colonial history and American Indians to stamps and stamp collecting. In addition, he has authored thousands of columns and features covering historical and collectible subjects. His specific awareness of Mathew Brady's work came from a longtime interest in early photography, the American Civil War, and US postage stamp design, for which numerous attributed and unattributed Brady photos have been used as sources.Ray Bonds has been a defense journalist, editor, and publisher during a career spanning over thirty five years, covering periods and activities as wide ranging as the American Civil War, anti-ballistic missile systems, stealth warfare, and modern military intelligence gathering. He has written and edited scores of well respected titles on the world's major armed forces, their battles, weapons, and organization, with a specialty in the armed services of the United States.

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