Fighter: The World's Finest Combat Aircraft - 1914 to the Present Day
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Fighter: The World's Finest Combat Aircraft - 1914 to the Present Day

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by Jim Winchester
     
 
Ever since the earliest observation aircraft were fitted with a machine gun during World War I, fighter and attack aircraft have been a key weapon in every major conflict. Driven by the deadly impetus of battle, throughout the twentieth century designers strived to improve armament, speed, range and versatility, resulting in today's stealthy and agile superfighters.

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Ever since the earliest observation aircraft were fitted with a machine gun during World War I, fighter and attack aircraft have been a key weapon in every major conflict. Driven by the deadly impetus of battle, throughout the twentieth century designers strived to improve armament, speed, range and versatility, resulting in today's stealthy and agile superfighters. Taking an in-depth look at 75 of the most significant fighter and attack aircraft ever produced, this book is a celebration of these spectacular and superlative weapons of war.

Covering more than 90 years of military aviation, Fighter features all the most famous fighter aircraft, including the Avro 504K, Supermarine Spitfire, Mitsubishi A6M Zero, North American F-86 Sabre and Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 'Fishbed'.

Arranged chronologically, each aircraft is illustrated with color photographs and profile artworks, while a detailed specification panel gives full technical details including dimensions, speed, range and armament.

The informed and lively text details the design and development of each type, its combat record and variants, and includes first-hand accounts from pilots who have flown each aircraft in combat or service. Accessible and comprehensive, and with a wealth of technical detail, Fighter will appeal to anyone with an interest in military aviation.

Jim Winchester is a freelance writer of many years' experience who has written widely on various aspects of aviation. He is the author of several books including Fighters of the 20th Century, Classic Airliners: Lockheed Constellation, and Combat Legends: A-4 Skyhawk, and has contributed to the World Air Power Journal and Flight International's World Aircraft and Systems Directory. He lives in west London.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760779576
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
04/20/2006
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.13(d)

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Fighter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a former USAF f86 driver. I found the authors research to be flawless.It must have taken many years to compile the vast amount of research found in this great book.I particcularly enjoyed the description on how each aircraft handled A marvelous piece of work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
dog this was off the chain yo. it is a great picture book for you if you all in the hood for real. if you see me on the street where the cheese at