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Aircraft: The Definitive Visual History Hardcover – May 20, 2013
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"[Aircraft] should delight readers. The layout is compelling and makes flipping through the book easy and enjoyable." – General Aviation News
"The book offers history and roles of aircraft, from the first prototypes of flying machines to today's supersonic jets." – AOPA.org (Aircraft owners and Pilots Association)
"[E]ach page of Aircraft is beautifully illustrated, balanced with captions and relevant details." – Cumberland Times-News
"This well laid out coffee table book presents the evolution of aircraft from the earliest beginnings up to present day by presenting excellent photographs of each type. It is rare these days to find an aviation book of this size that is four-color throughout and with the quality of printing this work exhibits." – American Aviation Historical Society Flightline Magazine
About the Author
Philip Whiteman is an award-winning aviation journalist and consulting engineer, specializing in fuel and engine technology. He has contributed to numerous aviation publications, and has flown a number of aircraft. He operates a 1944 Piper L-4H Cub.
DK was founded in London in 1974 and is now the world's leading illustrated reference publisher and part of Penguin Random House, formed on July 1, 2013. DK publishes highly visual, photographic nonfiction for adults and children. DK produces content for consumers in over 87 countries and in 62 languages, with offices in Delhi, London, Melbourne, Munich, New York, and Toronto. DK's aim is to inform, enrich, and entertain readers of all ages, and everything DK publishes, whether print or digital, embodies the unique DK design approach. DK brings unrivalled clarity to a wide range of topics with a unique combination of words and pictures, put together to spectacular effect. We have a reputation for innovation in design for both print and digital products. Our adult range spans travel, including the award-winning DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, history, science, nature, sport, gardening, cookery, and parenting. DK’s extensive children’s list showcases a fantastic store of information for children, toddlers, and babies. DK covers everything from animals and the human body, to homework help and craft activities, together with an impressive list of licensing titles, including the bestselling LEGO® books. DK acts as the parent company for Alpha Books, publisher of the Idiot's Guides series and Prima Games, video gaming publishers, as well as the award-winning travel publisher, Rough Guides.
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While I would not presume to call myself an expert on the topic of aircraft books, I have been a reader and collector for as long as I can recall (and a pilot and mechanic), so I am familiar with many different types and formats on the subject. From barren but thorough spotters guides such as Jane's, to in-depth weighty tomes on ranging from one relatively obscure airplane or another, The Sorry Saga of the Brewster Buffalo: A 'Flying Coffin' to the Marines, but a 'Sky Pearl' to the Finns you'd think it would be hard to make a splash.
This book does.
I have been a subscriber to the Air & Space Smithsonian's magazine for 25 years now, each issue is a relative work of art. I have come to expect no less but more from their all of their publications. With graphics and text that cannot adequately be described as merely superb, the format is laid out by each relative decade/epoch/ and significant event in the history of heavier than air craft.
Each page is filled with a "thumbnails"- beautifully rendered paintings of a dozen or so aircraft of the period, along with a very brief list of statistics and what you might call an even shorter "editorial" on that particular machine. These sections are broken up with special 2 and 4 page feature sections, highlighting a particularly significant development, be it a type and model aircraft or an engine.
It is quite easy to pick up and peruse to fill time, perhaps a little but more challenging to aid in discovering much in depth about any particular airplane. It would certainly help one with visualizing any particular era of flight, but would lend no more than a sound bite-sized piece of information if serious research is your goal.
To say it has instantly become one of my top ten favorite aircraft books is a bit of an understatement, and in any case, when it comes to this subject, (or probably any, for that matter) the Smithsonian sets the standard; the bar is high.
Anyone who by chance may have read a review or two of mine may know that words seldom fail me. I am usually never at a loss for talk when it comes to airplanes, either.
Now, superlatives escape me.
But there is no getting around the fact that I cannot recommend this book more highly. Let others take up the task of describing in detail how the book is laid out, what parts they enjoyed, a comment on the photography and artwork, the text,
All I can manage is to urge: if you are reading about this book, and you have even the slightest interest and curiosity about airplanes- or are looking for a gift for someone who has- then order it. You will not be disappointed.
This is a visual history of aircraft broken up into chapters by decade.
There are a few things that make it unique and more interesting than just a book of profile shots of aircraft. In each chapter they will usually focus on a single aircraft in detail, and include a couple pages of "detail" photographs. This is visually interesting as you get maybe 20 small close up images of details of the aircraft (a pulley, fuel cap, throttle, instrument, logo, etc.) which together give a feel for the craft which you just would not get from even a series of whole-plane shots.
In addition to focusing on various iconic aircraft in this detail, another theme throughout the book is the history of the development of the aircraft engines that made these machines possible. Most chapters will pick out an iconic engine of the day and provide a two page spread talking about it in detail.
The third area of focus is on great aircraft companies throughout history and they pick out several and tell you about them in more detail.
Overall the images are varied and interesting beyond just the catalog of aircraft, and there are short side bars on topics like airport design, aircraft carriers, etc. but these lack the depth of the other focus areas and often seem to be an excuse to include a particular image that the editors liked.
Another reviewer complained about the lack of text in this book, but I found it to have a higher amount of information than many such "picture book" histories. But make no mistake, this is not a "history book for history buffs". It's a picture-book in the style of other books in the DK series and while the focus is clearly on the amazing imagery, DK has gotten very good at squeezing the maximum amount of information in as well, so the reader has the opportunity to learn a lot more than just what all these aircraft looked like.
The book (at least this hard bound edition) advertises "2 exclusive prints inside" and inside the back cover there is a pocket with two glossy A4 sized pictures on heavy card stock of the 1936 Spartan Executive and the 1972 McDonell Douglas F-15C Eagle, both in profile on a white background.