- Hardcover: 292 pages
- Publisher: ABC-CLIO (November 2, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1576071316
- ISBN-13: 978-1576071311
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches
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Warbirds: An Illustrated Guide to U.S. Military Aircraft, 1915-2000
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From Library Journal
This reference work by aviation author Fredriksen aims to be an introductory source to the U.S. military aviation inventory from its modest beginnings in World War I through the present day's vast technological astonishments. Each of the aircraft selected from the scores of possible examples is then examined in a short history, with mention of its contribution to the military picture, some details on its construction and numbers, and other selected facts. A single photo is included, with technical specifications. The format is adequate to the initial task, though anything beyond basic interest has to be found in the voluminous cross-referenced suggested reading appendixes. Nevertheless, having singled out the "casual user" and with the goal of being "exacting in scope without being burdensome in detail," this single volume is right on target. With its extensive source lists, it should get considerable reference traffic.AMel D. Lane, Sacramento, CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Fredriksen is the author of numerous military histories and reference works, including the recent American Military Leaders: From Colonial Times to the Present [RBB N 15 99]. This volume is a survey of all U.S. military aircraft of significance and is intended for students and serious researchers. It covers all fighters, bombers, trainers, patrol craft, transports, and helicopters manufactured and deployed by military or naval units. Omitted are experimental prototypes and airships like dirigibles.
The book is arranged alphabetically by manufacturer and then by name or designation (e.g., Bell UH-1 Iroquois, Bell V-22 Osprey). There are 325 entries, each with a black-and-white photograph of the aircraft and a listing of performance, power plant, armament, and service dates and a brief narrative detailing the development, deployment, and eventual retirement of the machines. Often mentioned in the narratives are production figures, records, unique features, model variants, and opinions on the success or failure of the aircraft. The reference is very current, mentioning such recent aircraft as the Lockheed/Boeing F-22 Lighting II, which is scheduled to be deployed in 2005.
Two bibliographies are included. The first lists books and articles on specific aircraft and is arranged by manufacturer. The second is a bibliography of more general titles. An appendix lists aircraft by function, such as "Air-Sea Rescue" and "Fighter." According to the preface, aircraft that performed several different functions are listed under each relevant category, but we found some discrepancies. For example, the entry for the McDonnell F-101 Voodoo describes it as a fighter and a reconnaissance craft, but in the appendix it is listed only under "Fighter." A second appendix is a chronological listing of aircraft by historical period, such as "World War I, 1917^-1918 " and "Contemporary, 1976^-2000." The third appendix is a list of about 45 aircraft museums throughout the U.S. and Canada. The lack of an index makes it hard to locate specific entries for specific aircraft such as the B-52 without knowing the manufacturer.
There are literally hundreds of reference books on military aircraft. Many are specialized by time period, country, type of plane, or service branch. Less comprehensive and technical than the standard Jane's All the World's Aircraft, Warbirds is an up-to-date, well-designed resource that will be popular in high-school, public, and academic libraries.