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Boeing aircraft since 1916 Hardcover – 1968
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The Boeing Company is the oldest continually-operating airframe manufacturer in the United States, and among the largest in the world, so that to record in any detail the aircraft it has produced is a task of major proportions. Mr. Bowers has obviously taken immense trouble to collect as much relevant data as possible and one would be hard pressed to think of a facet of Boeing aircraft on which he has not touched. Every aircraft type and variant is mentioned and described in considerable detail, including aircraft built but not design by Boeing, such as the Blackburn Shark and the Consolidated Catalina. There is a profusion of photographs and three-view drawings, and a multiplicity of dates and facts.
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Peter M. Bowers was America's leading aircraft historian and enthuiast. (He even designed a popular homebuilt aircraft in addition to his writing and photograpy efforts)
He was an engineer at Boeing for decades and brings his first hand knowledge...and access to their files...to this book along with photos from his amazing personal collection of avaition photos.
Unlike many other Boeing-themed books out there, Bowers gives you chapters on what was going on at the firm (examples being sections on pre-war, WWII, and postwar operations along with the decision to get into the jetliner race) as well as detailed chapters on specific aircraft types.
Those sections are backed up with quality three-view drawings, statistics and constructor/serial numbers and registrations.
In short, everything is here.
As you'll note from the copyright date, the book ends after the introduction of the 757 and 767 series, so you won't find details on the 777 series or the upcoming 787.
Sadly Mr. Bowers has passed away, but I hope the publisher can find an author to revise and update this book in the future.