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Encyclopedia of Aircraft of WWII Hardcover – 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Amber Books; First Edition edition (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904687075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904687078
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
You have to give England's Aerospace Publishing firm credit - no other publisher gets more mileage from its material than Aerospace. They're past masters at recycling/repackaging data and illustrations from books and magazines they've previously published. Case in point: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AIRCRAFT OF WORLD WAR II, published in 2004 by Amber Books (i.e. Aerospace Publishing).

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AIRCRAFT OF WORLD WAR II is a door-stopper of a book; 512 pages crammed with narrative and 1,500+ photographs, profiles, three-views and artwork. Although the title implies comprehensive coverage of all WWII aircraft, the book's back cover blurb more accurately states it's a "guide to the best-known aircraft of World War II."

By my count, the book covers 93 aircraft beginning with the Aichi Val and ending with the Yakovlev 3/9. Most aircraft get a two-page spread with 6-8 photos and/or artwork. Some aircraft - the P-51, B-17, Spitfire, etc. - merit greater coverage. The Spitfire section, for example, runs to 36 pages!

Being an import, you can pick up a copy of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AIRCRAFT OF WORLD WAR II for around $10.00. Considering the wealth of material you get, it's a bargain. However, paging through the book will bring a sense of literary deja vu (i.e. Where have I read this before? I know I've seen those profiles elsewhere!). Check out various Aerospace Publishing books and magazines (WINGS OF FAME, WORLD AIR POWER JOURNAL, HISTORY OF U.S. NAVAL AIR POWER, etc.) and you'll find some of the very same material. Likewise there are lots of aircraft left out of the book. Coverage of the French Air Force is almost non-existent. The Italian Air Force is poorly covered and so on. When the price tag is $10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abdulla Al-Muhannadi on August 19, 2014
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Great book for what it's worth but I wouldn't call it an 'encyclopedia'. In fact, I think it's far from it. My main issue with this book is how it organizes things. The contents page lists plane manufacturers alphabetically, but they all have only one page number. For example, under 'M', the first two are Macchi and Martin respectively, but only one page number is given, page 310. However there are several manufacturers under the letter M, and the page number given is only for the first manufacturer in the list, Macchi, so I can't just skip to the manufacturer which starts with letter M that I want without having to flip through the whole 'M' section. Simply put, it's not that easy trying to find the page you're looking for.

Secondly, I expected a lot more statistics to be given. This book really falls short of such information. It's more of a history book, describing why each plane is significant and how it played its part before, during, and after the war. There are statistics of course, but they are all scattered within normal paragraphs so you'd have to look for them, as opposed to having them laid out in the same position on each page for each plane as I would have preferred in an encyclopedia of airplanes.

Besides that it's overall a decent book for times when you're looking for something to read. Definitely has a place on my shelf despite these simple drawbacks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard P. Deranian on June 8, 2014
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Excellent descriptions in detail about the major aircraft (bombers, fighters, transports) that I grew up with. The illustrations and photographs are of high quality. The product is first class, came early and the price is right.
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By Bruce Wayne on March 18, 2013
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giving this as a gift to a 90 year old WWII flyer. well worth the price for any military aircraft buff.
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I have spent many an hour purusing this great book. Much detail and informative facts that add to the history of this era.
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This is really a very, very nice book - if you like WWII aviation. Comprehensive. Also - quite big - you'll need some space on your shelves!
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By doctrains on June 21, 2012
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This is a really good book. I am glad I bought it. It covers a lot of aircraft in the war that I have no other reference too.
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