This book is the most complete, authentic, and spectacular book of its kind ever prepared. It depicts and describes all of the world's principal military aircraft produced from the outbreak of World War I to the present day. There are 800 types in all, ranging from fighters and bombers to reconnaissance planes and trainers, with 1,706 airplanes shown in color, 16 color charts, 252 photographs, 772 cutaway drawings, and seven color diagrams. Full-color illustrations are paired with capsule descriptions that provide extensive technical information on each plane, including insignia, manufacturer, type, year, engine, wingspan, length, height, weight, maximum speed, ceiling, range, armament, and crew. The extraordinary graphics include: -Dramatic gate-fold illustrations - such as a four-page fold-out with minutely detailed color drawings of the 88 principal bombers of World War II, ranging from Japan's tiny Yokosuka Ohka 11 to America's jumbo Boeing B-29 Superfortress, from Germany's Junkers Ju.86 to Russia's Tupolev TB-3. -Major diagrams, on two-page spreads, which minutely detail individual models by presenting a cutaway view of the plane in color, with up to 100 parts numbered and keyed to an index adjacent to the diagram.
An informative text traces the development of military aircraft through the years, including such background information as production costs, quantities produced, strengths and weaknesses, and impact on aerial warfare."Depicts and describes all the world's principal military aircraft produced from the outbreak of WWI to 1980.
The cover has silver letters and silhouettes of aircraft on blue cover. 546 pages. It is over 12" - 15" tall. Measures approx. 10-1/2" x 12-1/2" x 1-1/2" thick. Large and heavy. 6 Lbs
This copy is in pristine condition. The boards have a minor tip bump on front board. The silver letters and silhouettes show no wear. The dust jack has a minor crease that wraps around the back flap. The inside areas of the boards show age coloring. The front cover has a minor bump upper tip. Minor edge bumps. There are no chips or tears. The covers show edge age coloring and shelf rub.
The text is clean and sharp, no markings. The pages show edge age coloring.
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