The Great Book of Combat Aircraft

The Great Book of Combat Aircraft

by Paolo Matricardi
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The Great Book of Combat Aircraft by Paolo Matricardi

Transformed from exciting technological innovation to a tool of military supremacy, the aircraft has radically changed the rules of war, and may now be the determining element in victory or defeat. Since the early days of biplanes, which attacked with the sun behind them, a saying has always held true for fighter pilots: “You can’t destroy what you can’t see.” With the advent of radar and missiles, even the most expert veterans recognized the need to develop aircraft able to escape interception systems.

Through the models that have made history, from the Santos-Dumont onward, this book follows the evolution of combat aircraft, recalling the battles in which they played leading roles, up to the introduction of the F-117, the most ruthless war machine that the skies have ever seen, and the mysterious bombers of the near future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435106185
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 08/11/2008
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 12.30(w) x 10.92(h) x 1.45(d)

About the Author

Paolo Matricardi, is an aviation journalist who lives and works in Rome. He has written many books on aviation translated into other languages and distributed in Europe, the United States and Japan. Among these, in collaboration with Enzo Angelucci, is the series World Aircraft, 1918-1935 (7 volumes), World Aircraft: Combat Aircraft 1945-1960; the two volumes World Aircraft: Commercial Aircraft 1935 – 1960 and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft: 1914 to the Present, and the series of large format illustrated books dedicated to the aircraft of the Second World War. Among the most successful titles in the United States were the English edition of the Concise History of Aviation and the Complete Book of WWII Combat Aircraft. His recent works are the two volumes Fighters and Bombers and 100 Years of Aviation: A History of Humankind's Conquest of the Skies, the story of the first century of powered aircraft.

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lisa33 More than 1 year ago
This was a great book, I gave it to my nephew who is 14 and into these things as well as the military etc. He really enjoyed it. The colored pictures were great along with the very informative text.