Pusher Aces of World War 1

Overview

The quest for an effective fighter airplane to achieve air superiority during World War 1 resulted in a series of pusher fighter planes, designed with the engine at the rear and the machine gun at the front. These ungainly, heavy looking fighters did surprisingly well and they were able to hold their own against their German counterparts - including the Fokker Eindeckers with their synchronized machine guns - until 1917. By then, however, the drag-producing design rendered the pusher fighter unable to match the ...

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Overview

The quest for an effective fighter airplane to achieve air superiority during World War 1 resulted in a series of pusher fighter planes, designed with the engine at the rear and the machine gun at the front. These ungainly, heavy looking fighters did surprisingly well and they were able to hold their own against their German counterparts - including the Fokker Eindeckers with their synchronized machine guns - until 1917. By then, however, the drag-producing design rendered the pusher fighter unable to match the performance of tractor-engined machines. This is the story of the unusual pusher and its many aces, including Lanoe Hawker VC, who formed and led Britain's first fighter squadron before dying in a ten-minute duel with Manfred von Richtofen, American 'cowboy' ace Frederick Libby, third-ranking French ace Charles Nungesser and the aggressive Belgian ace Fernand Jacquet. Packed with colorful artwork of a variety of pusher designs, paint schemes, and camouflage from many different nationalities, this book guides you through the twists and turns of this bizarre yet surprisingly successful fighter during World War 1.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846034176
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/21/2009
  • Series: Aircraft of the Aces Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 969,643
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

A resident of Leesburg, Virginia, Jon Guttman is senior editor, research director and contributing writer for Primedia Enthusiast Publications. Jon is a specialist in World War I aviation. The author lives in Virginia, USA.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Simple Solution 6

Chapter 2 Belgium's First Ace 12

Chapter 3 Britain's First Fighters 18

Chapter 4 Fighting 'Fees' 22

Chapter 5 Single-Seat Pushers 30

Chapter 6 Pushers in Decline 60

Appendices 90

Colour Plates Commentary 92

Bibliography 95

Index 96

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