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Dogfight: The Greatest Air Duels of World War II

Dogfight: The Greatest Air Duels of World War II

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by Tony Holmes
     
 

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Fighter pilots are the elite of the elite; it can take years of training to produce a fighter pilot and even longer to produce a plane that is worthy of their skills. Yet a dogfight can last only minutes. Drawing inspiration from The History Channel's popular show, "Dogfight" and the new Osprey DUEL series, Dogfight offers readers a chance to discover what it felt

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Fighter pilots are the elite of the elite; it can take years of training to produce a fighter pilot and even longer to produce a plane that is worthy of their skills. Yet a dogfight can last only minutes. Drawing inspiration from The History Channel's popular show, "Dogfight" and the new Osprey DUEL series, Dogfight offers readers a chance to discover what it felt like to be a fighter pilot during World War II, flying some of the most iconic planes to have ever graced the skies during operations when man and machine were tested to the limit.
Meticulously researched digital artwork recreates the cockpit of each of these iconic fighter planes and accompanies a step-by-step explanation of the design and development of these warbirds, from prototype to combat. First-hand accounts and interviews with surviving pilots detail pilot training differences among the combatants as well as the equipment used in their preparations for war. Maps and diagrams reveal the wider strategic setting in which each dogfight took place.

From Spitfires battling Messerschmitts over the skies of southern England to Fw 190s desperately attempting to turn the tide against the advancing Mustangs of the 8th Air Force during the dying days of the war, discover the history of these amazing pilots and their aircraft in the awesome dogfights of World War II.

Special Features:

• Illustrated throughout with digital illustrations of cockpits, side elevations, and battle scenes and filled with rare and never-before-seen photographs.

• Provides in-depth information on the flight characteristics and fighting capabilities of all of the most famous warbird types

• Includes brief biographies and kill tables of famous aces

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From the Publisher

“Any military collection will welcome this!” —The Midwest Book Review (August 2011)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849084826
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/24/2011
Series:
General Aviation Series
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
710,874
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author


Tony Holmes has worked as Osprey's aerospace editor since 1989, having previously served as an author/photographer for this publishing house in Australasia. He established the critically acclaimed and hugely popular Aircraft of the Aces series in 1994 and has worked on the successful Duel series, also for Osprey Publishing, since its launch in 2007. He is widely acknowledged as a leading expert on all periods of aviation history although his personal love is for the Battle of Britain which he has written about extensively in a number of well-received titles.

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Dogfight: The Greatest Air Duels of World War II 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Thos_Howell_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Dogfight is basically a compilation of five volumes of Osprey Publishing's "Duel" Series; Spitfire Vs Bf109, P-47 Vs Bf109, P-40 Vs Ki-43 Oscar, P-51 Vs Fw190, and Seafire Vs A6M Zero. Bought this book from my local Barnes & Noble for a birthday gift to an aviation buff. It's great fun to read with lots of black and white photographs from World War II and high quality illustrations of fighter planes and bombers. Very detailed analysis of dogfights in the skies over Europe as well as the Pacific campaign. Highly recommend.this book, excellent book design. Thos Howell Book Reviews