Popular Mechanics Combat: The Great American Warplanes

Popular Mechanics Combat: The Great American Warplanes

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by Jim Wilson
     
 

Popular Mechanics has been the leading authority on how the world works for nearly a century, and now the magazine's unparalleled experts are turning their attention to the skies. Here are 40 warplanes, from classic models right up to the present, all selected for their technological innovation, combat performance, and notable contributions to military flight.…  See more details below

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Popular Mechanics has been the leading authority on how the world works for nearly a century, and now the magazine's unparalleled experts are turning their attention to the skies. Here are 40 warplanes, from classic models right up to the present, all selected for their technological innovation, combat performance, and notable contributions to military flight. They're identified by major categories--bombers, fighters, attack planes, helicopters--with the inside story on what made each famous. In addition to more than 150 photographs, intricate color and black-and-white cutaway illustrations offer up-close glimpses of what's "under the hood." Along with the images, explanations delve into the history and evolution of each type; boxed sidebars provide vital statistics about designation, wingspan, weight, speed, range, and more. Bonus: the most accurate and detailed cutaway of the famed B-2 Stealth Bomber ever published!

About the Author
As science editor of Popular Mechanics, Jim Wilson directs the magazine's coverage of aviation, aerospace, and military news. He has written extensively about combat aircraft for assignments that have taken him from the flight decks of Navy carriers to the cockpits of Air Force fighters.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588160645
Publisher:
Hearst Books
Publication date:
12/31/2001
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.87(w) x 11.15(h) x 0.73(d)

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Popular Mechanics Combat: The Great American Warplanes 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has great readability for the person interested in learning fundamental concepts and the evolution of flying in general. Of course, most aviation advancements were borne out of a need for homeland security and military advantage, so the book provides good historical perspective too. This book has great art, detailed & captioned photos. Each chapter has a well written intro explaining the aircraft category; each aircraft is backed up with just enough text to satisfy a more curious adult reader. I found this book at the library and decided I wanted to own it.