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Great Book of Fighters: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Every Fighter Aircraft Built and Flown Hardcover – November 14, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
Each aircraft is given a history of development, notable service, and variants (in most cases, significant variants have separate entries), followed by the specs. In addition to 80+ cutaways there are 470 color profiles, and there is a plethora of well-reproduced photos many of which I've not seen before. The book claims to cover over 1,700 aircraft and there was nothing I could throw at it that it didn't cover, including obscure French, Italian and Soviet designs.
I do have a few complaints. The book could have used another round of proofreading -- there are no factual errors I could find but I came across some misspellings and misplaced photos (many concentrated in the F-4 Phantom II article for some reason). Being a book on military aircraft, it's strange to find armament information tucked into the text and not delineated in the specifications. The same goes for engine specs. And the cutaways, while very nice and detailed (200+ items labeled in the key is typical for modern aircraft) span two pages which means information is lost in the crease.
Overall, this book is a superb value and in many ways a superior alternative to Jane's.
drawings and info packed into one book than I've ever seen.
If you've ever wanted a book that covers every fighter, this
There is however, no analysis of the planes in their overall historical contribution to airpower or technological development. As a result the book is replete with a lot of facts on the aircraft, but there is no critical or lauditory comment on any. Therefore we do not know that the Hurricane was an excellent gun-platform, and the Buffalo possibly the worst fighter in history. Neither do we know which series of the Me109 was "better" against the allies, nor do we know that Japanese "Betty" bombers were called the "one-shot-lighter" because of there tendency to explode easily.
All in all there is too much colour missing from this collection for it to really enthrall as much as it could have. As a result my bathroom reading is that much less intense and enhanced...
I shall await other, newer editions to rectify this weekness.
PS: This book weights about 10Kgs. Hefty in the bathroom... bring a reading stand.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not encylopedic, but a provides a good backround on many airplanes.Read more