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The dropping of two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 finally turned the bomber into a weapon of grand strategic capability. Throughout the Cold War, the United States and Soviet Union produced ever more capable turbine-powered bombers, like the giant B-52 and Tupolev Tu-95 Bear, that later added missile launching to their repertoire. Today only the US can afford to continue development, production, and deployment of strategic bombers like the highly advanced B-2 Stealth aircraft.
Magnificently illustrated throughout with photographs and full-color artworks, The World's Great Bombers details the development, unique features, and operational capabilities of the major bomber 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 decisive weapons of the last 100 years.
|Chapter 1||World War I||6|
|Chapter 2||Bombers of the Inter-War Period||42|
|Chapter 3||Bombers of World War II||84|
|Chapter 4||The Bomber after World War II||140|
Posted May 9, 2001
This book has a wealth of photos, but lack enough of the operational details to explain why these planes became the 'World's Great Bombers'. I would recommend this book to people who are not familiar with aircraft from different conflicts and also to kids who have an interest in military aircraft.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.