What was it like to sit in the pilot's seat and take control of a P-51 Mustang in World War II? What about an F-14 Tomcat at the height of the Cold War? Or a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor today? The cockpits of these fighter and bomber aircraft are revealed in Fighting Cockpits. Showcasing more than 50 of the world's most famous combat cockpits from early World War I aircraft to present-day fighters, this book includes more than 200 rich color photos from photographer Dan Patterson, as well as detailed history about combat cockpit development from aviation expert and historian Donald Nijboer.
Presented in large-format, you'll be blown away by studio shot spreads of views from the cockpits, vintage photographs of the aircrafts in action, and modern photography of surviving crafts. This book will complete any history buff or aviation enthusiast's library.
Wind in the Wires: Nieuport 28, Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5, Bristol F.2, Fokker Dr.I, Sopwith Camel, Sopwith Triplane, AEG G.IV, SPAD VII, Halberstadt CL.IV, Fokker D.VII
The Rise of the Monoplane: Martin MB-2, Hawker Hind, Fiat CR.32, Boeing P-26 Peashooter, Curtiss F9C, Sparrowhawk, Vought SB2U Vindicator, Westland Lysander, PZL P.11
World War II: Supermarine Spitfire, Messerschmitt Bf 109, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, North American P-51 Mustang, Handley Page Halifax, Vickers Wellington, Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Wurger, Fairey Firefly, Fiat CR.42, Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik, Heinkel He 219 Uhu, Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu, Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, Northrop P-61 Black Widow, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Dornier Do 335 Pfeil, Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe, Arado Ar 234 Blitz
Cold War to the Present: North American F-86 Sabre, Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, Grumman A-6 Intruder, General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark, Hawker Siddeley Harrier, McDonnell Douglas/Boeing F-15 Eagle, Grumman F-14 Tomcat, Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, Mikoyan MiG-29, Rockwell B-1 Lancer, Lockheed Martin F-117 Nighthawk, Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter
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About the Author
Donald Nijboer is an aviation author, historian, a documentary writer/producer, as well as a college instructor and Smithsonian speaker. His articles have appeared in Flight Journal, Aviation History, and Aeroplane Monthly. Donald lives in Toronto, Canada.
Dan Patterson is an accomplished photographer who has excelled in the fields of portraiture, architecture, and aviation. His work has been featured in 23 books, and in 2003 he received the first annual Harry B. Combs Award from the National Aviation Hall of Fame for Excellence in the Preservation of Aviation History. The National Portrait Gallery in London selected five of his portraits of British aviators to be included in their permanent collection. In addition, he has served as an aviation lecturer for the Smithsonian Journeys program. Dan lives in Dayton, Ohio.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“Fighting Cockpits” is another of Quartro Publishings’ oversized, illustrated coffee table books. This one focuses on famous Warbirds from World War I to the present, primarily from the pilot’s viewpoint. Each of the 51 featured aircraft has its own two to four page entry that contains the title of the model, a color photo of its cockpit as displayed in a contemporary museum, a description of the plane’s history and usually the Pilot’s Impressions written by a modern pilot who has flown the model. On the later pages of the sections are diagrams or pictures of the planes, either on land or in the air, sometimes with the men who flew them. The photos really add a lot. Aircraft from several nations and many manufacturers are included. As I advanced through the book I noticed the progressively more complex cockpits with more dials that eventually gave way to touch screen controls. I enjoyed the pilots’ comments about the strengths and limitations of the various aircraft. The visual limitations from upper wings of bi-planes and the varying comfort levels of the pilots’ seats were things that I had not thought of before. I appreciated being introduced to the many warbirds covered in this work. Quit a few of the aircraft pictured are on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton. When I travel there or to other air museums I will be looking for some of the details I have read about in this book. This is one I will keep handy. As encounter references to airplanes in other military histories I am sure that I will pull “Fighting Cockpits” off the shelf for a refresher on the aircraft about which I am reading. I am sure you will enjoy the text and pictures in this tome as much as I have. I did win a free copy of this book in a drawing without the obligation to write a review.