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Flying Guns of World War I Hardcover – April 11, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press UK; First edition (April 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840373962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840373967
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dario Julio Romani Garcia on January 15, 2011
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I don't understand what the reviewer that gave a negative review was expecting from this book. I think he wanted a book on technical descriptions of the guns themselves, so he would have been better served by a different kind of book.

Thet title says what this book is about "Development of aircraft guns, ammunition and installations, 1914-32". The "useless" tables are very useful as a reference, and for wargamers. I don't understand the complaints since the book has useful photos for modellers, some very rare, and useful technical diagrams that explain the workings of the guns.

The book is painstakingly researched, and is a very interesting read, specially since aircraft armament is neglected in most airplane books, wich concentrate on the flying qualities, or at most in engines.

As for the author knowledge, anyone that has visited The Aerodrome forum and had the privilege of reading his postings can attest to that. Williams and Gustin are the acknowledged experts in this particular field, and their books are not only a must read, but a must have. Of course, no human work is perfect, and some people in forums can know something Williams and Gustin don't know, but that's nitpicking.

This is The Book. There's no other. Is a treasured piece of my collection, and I have consulted it many times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terry Sofian on December 31, 2013
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This is the first of a great series on aircraft mounted guns. Williams and Gustin have unbeatable data sources and produced three wonderful books that cover air machine guns and cannons from before 1914 to the Jet era. Ignore the 1 star rating for this book. That reviewer has published four reviews and all are one star. I can't explain the price of the work but if it can be found for a more reasonable one I would grab up a copy.
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3 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jetmech on September 20, 2008
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You certainly can't judge a book by it's cover! This volume is very sparsely illustrated, no real detail on guns such as the Spandau, Parabellum etc... Forty pages of the book are taken up by useless tables, which guns were mounted on what aircraft. Again, no supporting illustrations or detailed photos. You can find far more info on this subject on the web. Save your money. I really don't know how the author can proclaim himself as the expert on the subject!
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