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Jane's Aircraft Recognition Guide, 2nd edition Paperback – September 22, 1999
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The most comprehensive guide to modern aircraft available to the general public has been completely revised to reflect major changes in the world's air forces and developments in the civil aviation business. Illustrated with line drawings, recognition silhouettes and brand new photographs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The essential guide to world aviation,Jane's Aircraft Recognition Guide is the most comprehensive single volume on modern aviation. Over 500 military and civil aircraft are included, providing unrivaled coverage of every major aircraft type flying today. It includes:
- Three View Recognition Silhouettes
- Descriptive Text and Technical Data
- Over 500 Photographs.
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The plan drawings are detailed, and there is a nearly comprehensive featuring of aircraft. The color photos are a welcome addition. There are some errors though, most of which are remarkable for a 2005 publishing:
- The F-22 entry contains drawings of a YF-22.
- The Su-30 and -33 are portrayed as externally identical, when the -33 actually has fixed canards. The Flanker series is a real welter of designations though.
- The CAC J-10 is missing.
- The Eclipse 500 and Cessna 510 Mustang are missing. Those will likely be added after entering service.
These shortcomings lead me to believe that Jane's influenced the content minimally, and that it is mostly a Collins Reference work. All the World's Aircraft contains none of these mistakes. The F-22 entry particularly baffles me. The general arrangement revisions to the YF-22 are over a decade old, and the F-22 is a highly conspicuous aircraft today. A program of its importance demands accurate illustration.
Regardless, I'd suppose this book accurately portrays at least 95% of all current aircraft, in the limited manner of a "recognition guide." The new acronym glossary covers most popular acronyms and is decent for the beginner. There's also a section on military aircraft markings (US star and bars, numerous roundels, etc.), so that you can correct CNN when they mislabel Greek F-16s as Italian. This is a useful book with minor errors which achieves its goal: providing information for visual recognition of the vast majority of aircraft.