Sopwith Camel vs Fokker Dr I: Western Front 1917-18

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Amid the continuous struggle for aerial superiority during World War 1, two aircraft types were at the forefront. Both rotary-engined fighters, the Sopwith Camel and the Fokker Dr I triplane were relatively slow for their time, but were regarded as the most maneuverable machines produced during the conflict, and the classic pair for a tight, evenly matched dogfight at close quarters. In this book Jon Guttman examines the fascinating story of the design and development of these deadly foes. First-hand accounts and...

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Overview

Amid the continuous struggle for aerial superiority during World War 1, two aircraft types were at the forefront. Both rotary-engined fighters, the Sopwith Camel and the Fokker Dr I triplane were relatively slow for their time, but were regarded as the most maneuverable machines produced during the conflict, and the classic pair for a tight, evenly matched dogfight at close quarters. In this book Jon Guttman examines the fascinating story of the design and development of these deadly foes. First-hand accounts and innovative cockpit-view artwork give a thrilling insight into the pilots' experiences during the world's first aerial duels and explain their successes and failures.

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"In one of the book's best sections, Guttman compares the training and operational capabilities of British and German pilots. It's a topic too seldom addressed, especially in WWI literature, since manned flight was barely out of its infancy at that point. With more than 50 photos plus a dozen or more excellent profiles, cockpit views and action scenes, Sopwith Camel vs Fokker Dr I maintains the Osprey series' visual appeal. Its 80 pages represent a taut, well-conceived treatment of a topic that could easily fill three times that volume." -Barrett Tillman, Aviation History (May 2009)

"...Sopwith Camel vs Fokker Dr I describes the challenges of establishing aerial superiority over the trenches in 1917... the two aircraft were a good match for one another, which makes them an excellent subject for the Duel Series... [A] great companion to other titles detailing the specific aircraft and can become an important part of any aviation reference library." -Chris Banyai-Riepl, Internet Modeler (April 2008)

"In all it is a superb look at two of the more famous aircraft that fought in the Great War. It is a book that I know you will enjoy and one that I can highly recommend to students of the time and enthusiasts alike." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (March 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846032936
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/18/2008
  • Series: Duel Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 952,661
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Guttman is senior editor, research director, and contributing writer for the Weider History Group, which publishes Aviation History. Specializing in World War I aviation, he has written eleven titles in the past including the popular Balloon Busting Aces of World War I in Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces series. The author lives in Leesburg, VA.

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