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Aircraft of World War I, 1914-1918 (Essential Aircraft Identification Guide) Hardcover – April 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Amber Books; First Edition edition (April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906626669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906626662
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack Herris has a long history with aviation. His parents started dating while car-pooling together to North American Aviation during WW2. Jack's father built P-51s, including parts for the first P-51 Mustang ever built, and his mother built B-25s.

In 1971 Jack graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics. He then served as a Naval Aviator, flying P-3B Orion aircraft with VP-46. After leaving the navy he worked in the Laser Fusion Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, then worked in the high tech industry in Silicon Valley. He holds CFI, CFI-I, CFI-ME, ATP, and Learjet type ratings.

Jack is a long-time member of the League of WWI Aviation Historians, and before that the Cross & Cockade Society, and has written more than a dozen articles on WWI aircraft published in their quarterly journal, Over the Front and has edited several issues of that journal. He has also written more than 30 magazine articles. He brings insight into these aircraft both from his engineering and military flying experience.

In 1992 he founded Flying Machines Press to publish aviation history books and after publishing a number of titles, sold Flying Machines Press in 2000. He became a repeat offender by starting Aeronaut Books, which published its first two new aviation books in November 2010. For more information, see the website at www.aeronautbooks.com.

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And yet, it is one of my favorite books on the subject and one which I have proudly given as a gift.
K. Duke
This is a handsome book, compact and lavishly illustrated with black and white photographs and over 250 meticulous colour paintings.
Fishman
I would recommend this book to the historian and model builder as it comes in great handy and is interesting to look through.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Aussie on September 25, 2010
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Attractive presentation, information was concise giving a clear account of the WW1 war in the air. Good detail without becoming tedious as some accounts can become with writers' conjecture and opinions. The illustrations were excellent, though many were repetative. I would like to have had three-view drawings.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bob Russell on August 22, 2012
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This is a fine, "profile" sort of book on the many kinds of military aircraft in WWI. In the sixties and senties these works were not uncommon throughout the many hobby shops in the land. The book is very wide in scope, such that at times it lacks in depth. Inevitably, some few planes are hardly mentioned or are left out. But this is a rare , understandable and forgiveable occurence. Assuming you are "into" the topic and are not already a genius about it, you will find this book loaded with eye candy and little-known facts pertaining thereto. Manufacturers, governments and aviators were all deep into the process of creative development of this new weapon system. Endless ideas succeeded, failed, or were superceded by better ideas, given the resources at hand. Designing, building and flying warplanes was more of an art then than it would ever be again. This shows brilliantly through the many outstanding prints of aircraft paint jobs and their unique designs, not to mention the illuminating text that describes each combatant's efforts.
It would have been wonderful if, in that perfect world, this book could have been three times its volume. But the people who put this together nevertheless did an outstanding job, the likes of which we may never see again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By peter griffith on August 8, 2011
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This book I rate a soled 5 on the scale. Even though there are small minor things here and there it is still a solid 5. As a historian of the period and a wargamer I find it very helpful in designing and building planes from scratch. The downside was not enough real pictures of the planes. Very minor though since one can get a bunch from the internet. Also the price some are charging for this book is insane. The book can be gotten for around 30 to 50 dollars retail and sometime used for way less. The charging of over 100 dollars is a rip off. Stay away from those dealers for they are looking to take your money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fishman on October 18, 2012
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Compared to the volumes published on aircraft of WW2, aircraft of the First World War haven't received anywhere like the attention. Yet this was a conflict that took the basic clumsy aircraft design and refined it into deadly killing machines. It was also a period when individual pilots would turn their aircraft into works of art with personal insignias and brilliant colour schemes the likes of which haven't been seen since- at least not in wartime.
This is a handsome book, compact and lavishly illustrated with black and white photographs and over 250 meticulous colour paintings. The key point of strategy, order of battle and pivotal points of the aerial conflict are covered. The authors also clearly show that, like the land and sea theatres, the aerial one was also a close-run thing for the Allies victory with the advanced designs being developed and fielded by the Germans right up to the armistice (Chapter 8 Black September).
This book deserves to be owned by anyone who considers themselves a serious student of aircraft. The only minor criticism I would have of it is the size of the paintings. These deserve to be much larger as they would probably stand being reproduced up to A3! Combined with a larger format, adding three-view paintings and cutaways would take what is already a `must have' reference to the standard against which all others would be measured.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dobey on October 21, 2012
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This book features a great overview of the aircraft of World War 1. Each chapter covers varous aspects of the airwar. For instance one chapter features strategic bombing and another the early days of the war. There are many illustrations of various aircraft and many are painted. Just like the ones on the cover. This is is a overview book and cannot cover every aircraft used during the war. But it is logically done and written in a clear manner that reflects known facts. It's a easy read and it can appeal to everyone from the younger to oldest reader because the info is presented well. This is not a personal account book like arch whitehouses great book 'no parachute' , it's in a different vien. The colorado springs library system bought this one as they were impressed with it too.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Duke on May 13, 2012
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I don't quite understand it. The book certainly is not comprehensive. It jumps a bit in the chapter organization. As others have mentioned, it lacks overhead views. I would have like a few less views of "the same" planes with different paint where other planes are not shown at all. And yet, it is one of my favorite books on the subject and one which I have proudly given as a gift. What is there is delightful. It captures a great deal in a small space, and reads well. Definitely recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BK on July 7, 2013
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In purchasing this book, I was not looking for a full-blown academic history, nor a hardcore technical manual of Great War aircraft. Instead, I was looking for a general overview of WWI aircraft, placed within the context of the air war of 1914-18. And, in particular, I wanted to have both photos and drawings of the aircraft themselves. This book fit the bill nicely.

It is a handsome, hardcover book, and would make a very nice gift to anyone interested in the subject matter: whether the Great War, historical aircraft, or both. It provides a concise overview of the air war, and it is very hard to keep from simply flipping through the book, gazing upon the well rendered drawings of the individual aircraft and reading the write-ups on each.

If you have any interest in the subject matter, this is a book worth having. I can see myself returning to flip through it and read parts of it here and there well into the future. And when my children finally notice it on my shelf and give it a gander, I don't think I'll be the only one treasuring it. Recommended.
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