- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Casemate Publishers (August 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907446591
- ISBN-13: 978-1907446597
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,471,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Postwar Air Weapons: 1945-Present (Essential Weapons Identification Guides) Hardcover – August 1, 2011
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About the Author
An aviation and defence writer and editor, Thomas Newdick is based in Germany, from where he has researched and written numerous articles for various specialist magazines and journals examining aviation - both military and civilian, 20th century military history, and defence technology. He is a regular contributor to Combat Aircraft and Aircraft Illustrated magazines. He is on the editorial staff of both Guideline Publications and Aeroplane.
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The booksize is 25x20 cm, a bit unsual. This book has an excellent print quality, a very dense text, although the font size seems a bit too big, especially compared with the Spec tables.
The quality of the colored drawings of the missiles is outstanding. Each device has a Specification table, which unfortunatly misses the manufacturing country and company, as well as the yield for nuclear free fall bombs, those data having to be found inside the main text.
One of the highlight is a 6 pages index in very small prints, extremely detailed and complete, as well as a glossary, a must to read this kind of text, heavily relying on acronyms.
The book is organized in 7 chapters, by weapon type and chronologically, each chapter also account for the combat results, when applicable. This is a rare feature. This data is presented as detailed 'kill' tables, most of the time having each fighting side represented, except for the 6 days war, Yom Kippur, where some adverse kills are mentionned in the text, but no complete table is shown. This prevents a good aprehension of the relative efficiency of each side's weaponry in this instance.
One must keep in mind that only air-launched missiles are referred to in this book, excuding all ground-launched ones or submarine-launched ones.
A reference book worth to have.
I have been looking for a book on this subject for decades! Finally, it has arrived and it is a comprehensive and well organized work about the important and major air delivered weapons since 1945. To my knowledge, this is currently the only book of its kind available, so I cannot draw any comparisons. I am very satisfied. This book is fun to read, and the featured weapons have data specifications that include: weapon length, fuselage diameter, wingspan, launch weight, warhead weight/type, range, speed, powerplant, guidance system. The text of the book covers development history, how the specific weapons were used, how they worked, and what nations used them during what conflicts. Plus the extra interesting stuff like nuclear yields, kill charts, and beautiful drawings. ALL IN ONE BOOK! The book is divided into categories: AAM (air to air), ASM (air to surface), AShM (anti-ship), AT (anti-tank), Bombs, and air-launched rockets; and each section moves along historically, covering each period (wars). I am more than halfway through this book, and I just LoL. I recommend! Thnx.