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From the beginning of the Cold War until the late 1980s, the United States and Soviet Union remained at the forefront of fighter development with the production of such famous aircraft as the F-4 Phantom, MiG-21, F-14 Tomcat, F-16 Fighting Falcon, and MiG-29 'Fulcrum'. Competition in fighter design came only from Europe, which developed the Hawker Hunter, Mirage III, Panavia Tornado, and Eurofighter Typhoon. Today the US has a clear lead in the development and production of stealthy air-superiority fighters like the highly advanced F-22 Raptor.
Magnificently illustrated throughout with photographs and full-color artworks, The World's Great Fighters details the development, unique features, and operational capabilities of the major fighter types. Each artwork is accompanied by the relevant technical specifications for the aircraft, including armament, powerplant, performance, and dimensions. The book provides a mass of information on one of the most important types of weapon of the last 100 years.
|Chapter 1||Birth of the 'Fighting Aeroplane'||6|
|Chapter 2||From Biplane to Jet: 1919-39||40|
|Chapter 3||World War II: The Great Arena||66|
|Chapter 4||Cold War Warriors: Day and Night Fighters 1945-65||120|
|Chapter 5||Mach Two and Beyond||148|