American Military Aircraft

American Military Aircraft

by Jim Winchester


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American Military Aircraft by Jim Winchester

Detailed features on more than 200 of America’s finest fighting aircraft

More than 3,000 color and black-and-white photographs and artworks

Unique graphics allow instant comparison between performance of similar aircraft types

Includes full dimensions, weights, performance, and armament of each aircraft

The United States of America was one of the first nations to explore the use of heavier-than-air craft for military purposes. The U.S. Army tested a Wright biplane in 1908, and procured its very first aircraft (another Wright) for $25,000 in 1909. The most sophisticated U.S. warplane flying today, the B-2 Spirit, costs around a hundred thousand times as much as that first aircraft.

Although at the outbreak of World War II the majority of U.S. warplanes were outdated types, between 1941 and 1945 American military air power was forged into the mightiest war machine the world has ever seen. Under the pressure of war, the United States progressed from the biplane era to an immensely complex bomber—the Boeing B-29—capable of delivering the atomic bomb.

The U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps retained their technological superiority through the dangerous years of the Cold War, an era that prompted the development of ever more complex and specialized aircraft. The next generation of aircraft and weapons, with the emphasis on flexibility and affordability, have proven their worth in Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Iraq.

American Military Aircraft is a comprehensive guide to more than 200 combat aircraft and helicopters which have kept the U.S. at the cutting edge of aviation technology. Each aircraft is covered in detail, with feature boxes outlining its development, specifications, performance data, and variants. Unique graphics allow the reader to compare specific features like firepower, troop-carrying capacity, and bombload to those of other aircraft of the same type.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435156975
Publisher: Metro Books
Publication date: 10/03/2014
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,197,770
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

JIM WINCHESTER is an author of many years’ experience who has written widely on various aspects of aviation. He is the author of several books including Fighter, Fighters of the 20th Century and Combat Legends: A-4 Skyhawk, and contributes to many publications including Air Forces Monthly and Aeroplane. He lives in west London, U.K.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have quite a few books that deal with military planes. So I'm always look for a new approach on the subject. While at B & N looking for a way to spend my gift card I stumbled this title. It only took a quick look at a few of it's pages to know I had to have this book. I enjoyed the lay-out of the pages. I liked the 'photo file' section. It was the first time I had seen some of the different variation of the planes. Also the 'combat data' on how it compares simular planes. Overall it is a very good book. I do have one problem with the book, it's rather baffling omittion of any military combat data or photos for the North American B-25 Mitchell. It does have a very interesting lay out on the planes post war years as a camera platform for the motion picture industry. Not to have any mention of this planes role in WWII is a shame. Any youngsters getting this book would not learn of the Dolittle's daring raid on Japan, and that would be sad. Ok, with that being said I highly recommend this book.