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Product Description
The most authoritative and comprehensive history of America’s military aircraft ever published.
From World War I to Iraq.
Profusely illustrated with over 1700 photographs.
Each plane arranged by fighting purpose and appearance in history.
Vital facts on every plane - how powerful, how big, how heavy how fast, how high, and how far.
American Combat Planes of the 20th Century is the only complete reference to all the airplanes that created American airpower. It tells the story of the marriage between aircraft and war. Every combat type built in the United States for the Air Force, Navy, or for foreign governments, is included, together with foreign aircraft bought for American fighting units. American Combat Planes of 20th Century is 758 pages, hardcover, printed on high quality coated stock, with a section of color photographs showing the history of military airplane color configurations.
All the planes designed to attack an enemy with guns, bombs, or rockets are described, along with armed reconnaissance aircraft, and those derived from fighter designs, providing a quick reference for each type. Along with famous mass-production types, like the Liberator, Mustang, and Hellcat, with their major modifications, all the little-known experimental projects are included and compared.
Ray Wagner’s definitive work arranges all those planes by their fighting purpose and appearance in history. Even by simply viewing their photographs page by page, the reader sees the story of combat plane design over the years. Below each picture are the vital facts of each type: the engine’s name and power, how big and how heavy that plane is, as well as how fast, how high, and how far it can go.
As the reader follows the text, he learns who made these planes and when. What could each plane do, how many were made, and where were they used? Why each combat plane was built is the most important question, and is best answered by placing each design in the historical context in which it was developed, from America’s entrance into World War One in 1917 to Operation Allied Force in 1999. World War Two is the center focus, along with insights on aircraft involved with conflicts in Nicaragua, China, Spain, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq.
The bibliography indicates this history’s primary sources and is a readers’ guide to the many books and publications to expand your interests.
About the Author
Ray Wagner is a well-known expert in the field of aviation history, having spent over 50 years in firsthand research. His extensive publications include "German Combat Planes," "The Soviet Air Force in World War II," and "Mustang Designer," a revealing description of the life of Edgar Schmued, designer of the successful P-51.
Ray Wagner was born in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. His interest in aviation history began at a very young age, as demonstrated by his membership as a teenager in the Civil Air Patrol Cadets. He moved to San Diego and after a career teaching history, became the archivist at the San Diego Aerospace Museum.
Having completed this edition of American Combat Planes of the 20th Century, his research continues with the investigation of newly discovered Russian Air Force records.
Product Details
* Hardcover: 758 pages
* Publisher: Jack Bacon & company; 1 edition (August 2004)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 0930083172
* ISBN-13: 978-0930083175
* Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.4 x 1.6 inches

Picture History of WWII
American Aircraft Production

A war time tour of restricted aircraft plants. Consists of 258 large, crisp photos taken inside U.S. aircraft plants during the war. You name it, see it being assembled: P-38s, Hellcats, B-17s, Corsairs, etc. 179 pgs., 8¾"x 11¾", sfbd.


America's Hundred Thousand

U.S. Production Fighters of WWII 

Covers in detail the eleven fighter typers  produced during WWII. P-40, P-39, P-38, P-47, P-51, Corsair, Hellcat, Wildcat and others. Includes development, production, combat records, comparative records with  a chronology of combat, and more. 608 pgs., 1000 photos, 8½"x 11", hdbd.America's Hundred Thousand  U.S. Production Fighters of WWII Dean. Covers in detail the eleven fighter typers produced during WWII. P-40, P-39, P-38, P-47, P-51, Corsair, Hellcat, Wildcat and others. Includes development, production, combat records, comparative records with a chronology of combat, and more. 608 pgs., 1000 photos, 8½"x 11", hdbd.

0760308926The Illustrated Directory of Tanks and Fighting Vehicles

by David Miller 

Book Description 
Over the last century, tanks and armored vehicles have developed into highly mobile and mightily armed vehicles common to the  inventores of nearly every army in the world. This huge, comprehensive reference provides historians and modelers with an accurate and detailed directory chock full of technical specifications, development and service histories, specially commissioned color plates, and action photography illustrating more than 150 tanks and fighting vehicles from World War I to present. The hardware is arranged chronologically within national entities that represent all the world's major armies. Readers will clearly witness the tank's development and  their performances during all of the century's major wars and minor conflicts, from the muddy battlefields of World War I to the harsh  desert campaigns of World War II, and from the "turkey shoot" in the sands of Iraq to the mountainous terrain of the Balkans.

0760307229fighting aircraft of ww2
Fighting Aircraft of World War II 

by Bill Gunston 
I have this book in my hot little hands right now.  It's a super great reference book with a super low .

480 pages Feb 1999

Book Description 
All fighter, bomber and ground-attack aircraft used by the air forces of World War II are featured in this comprehensive directory. An accurate and informative text outlines technical specifications for each aircraft and is complemented by superb, specially commissioned color illustrations and diagrams, as well as dramatic period photography. The more than 160 aircraft described are divided into Allied and Axis and presented alpha by manufacturer. An ideal reference for warbird fans and modelers. 

0517679647janes fighting aircraft of ww2
0517679647Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II 

by Fred T. Jane (Editor), Bill Gunston, Leonard Bridgman 
  • ISBN-10: 0517679647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517679647
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      1557509409World War II Fighting Jets 

    by Jeffrey Ethell, Alfred (Editor) 
    A number of jets were flown in World War II and many more were on the verge of being used. World War II Fighting Jets takes readers through the most rapid period of advance in the history of aviation, when during the desperate closing stages of World War II test pilots pushed new technologies up to and sometimes beyond their limits. It chronicles the various jet aircraft used in the war and documents the extraordinary engineering difficulties that were overcome to crate this breakthrough weapons. The authors cover the development and operation of the three German jet types brought into action: the Messerschmitt 163 and 262, the Arado 234, and for a brief period the Heinkel 162. They present the complete history of the British Gloster Meteor fighter and the Japanese Ohka rocket-powered, piloted suicide weapon. They also tell the stories of the jet aircraft that had entered squadron service and were ready for action when the war ended: the American Lockeheed P-80A Shooting Star and Ryan FR 1 Fireball, the German Bachem 349, and the British de Havilland Vampire. A concluding chapter compares the capabilities of the various jet aircraft and assesses how they would have fared had they met in combat. This is a gripping account of a race against time to develop the aircraft that would turn the course of the war.
    Product Details
    * Hardcover: 211 pages
    * Publisher: Naval Inst Pr (July 1994)
    * Language: English
    * ISBN-10: 1557509409
    * ISBN-13: 978-1557509406
    ACC Bomber Triad

    The B-52s, B-1s and B-2s of Air Combat Command Logan. The U.S. is the only country in the world that is able to project power rapidly, precisely, and globally  anywhere in the world. Its triad of bombers can provide both nuclear and conventional deterrent operations. Photos and history that also includes an in-depth  look at the weapons, including the smart bombs and laser-guided weapons used in  the Gulf War and Middle East. 256 pgs., 780 color photos, 40 line drawings, 8½"x 11",  hdbd.

    Wings of Fury


    An astonishing book of true stories of America’s elite fighter pilots. From a  first landing aboard a carrier for a Tomcat pilot and test-flying the F/A-18, to  missions over the Gulf. From Miramar, Oceana, Nellis, etc. Illustrated, 326 pgs., 6"x 9", sfbd.

      0890099014British Aircraft (Military Aviation Library World War II) 

    by Bill Gunston 

    Hardcover Book

  • ISBN-10: 0890099014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890099018
  •   0004182
    Birds of Prey


    The most complete photo study available of the air war in the Gulf, covers every unit that participated including French, Italian, British, and Saudi. Photos of  F-15s, F-4s, A-10s, B-52s, F-16s, F-14s, F-111s, F-117 Stealth, C5s, KC-10s,  C-141s, C-130s, KC-135s, U-2/TR-1 and many others. 160 pgs., over 750 color  photos, 9"x 12", sfbd

      0764106457Fighter Planes (History Series) 

    by Bill Gunston, Bill Gunston Obe Fraes 

    Product Description
    Emphasizing the technology that has played important roles in history, this book from Barron's "The History Series" traces the history of war planes and their pilots from those early dogfights over the Western Front to the development of fighters and bombers in World War II, and finally to the sophisticated jets employed in Vietnam and Iraq. Full color.
    Product Details
    * Reading level: Ages 9-12
    * Paperback: 31 pages
    * Publisher: Barrons Juveniles (May 1999)
    * Language: English
    * ISBN-10: 0764106457
    * ISBN-13: 978-0764106453
    * Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.2 inches

    0851778747Biplane to Monoplane : Aircraft Development, 1919-39 (Putnam's History of Aircraft)

    by Philip Jarrett (Editor), Ken Munson 
    # Hardcover: 256 pages
    # Publisher: Putnam Aeronautical (July 1, 1997)
    # Language: English
    # ISBN-10: 0851778747
    # ISBN-13: 978-0851778747
    # Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.9 x 0.9 inches
    Painted Ladies


    Tradition returns the cartoons and sexy ladies with names like "Memphis Belle" and "Maid in the USA" to the nose art on the B-52s, B-1Bs, BF-111s, F-16s and  many others. Full-color photos of gorgeous gals and far-out artwork. A good  comparison reference for the buff of WWII nose art. Hundreds of photos, 130 pgs.,  8½"x 11", sfbd.

    More Painted Ladies


    Modern nose art from such aircraft as B-1Bs, B-52s, F-111s, C-135s,  KC-10s, fighters, etc. In most cases, the artwork has since been removed from the  aircraft, making this book an important record for the model builder and historian. 450  photos, 128 pgs., 9"x 12", sfbd.

    The Book of Air Shows


    A full-color celebration of the great contemporary North American air  shows. Captured is the enormous variety of civilian and military aircraft from around  the world, as well as the many personalities and participants. From the early bi- and  tri-planes, to the Stearman trainers, to the WWII ear Warbirds, to the present day F-15 and F-117A fighters, any and all aircraft that fly to, and perform at, the modern  air shows are presented. 175 pgs., 200+ color photos, 9"x 12", hdbd.

      MiG Alley

    Larry Davis. 

    This pictorial review of the Korean air war shows them all: F-51  Mustangs and F4U Corsairs, the new jets like the F-80, F-84, F-86 and T-33, even the attack aircraft and bombers such as the B-26 and B-29 are here. If you want to see the aircraft of Korea, this is the book for you! Includes 140 B&W photos, 36 color profiles, maps, squadron markings and more. 80 pgs., 8½"x 11", sfbd.

    Soviet Aircraft


    1857800834Soviet Combat Aircraft of the Second World War : Single-Engined Fighters 

    by Yefim Gordon, Dmitri Khazanov 

    Book Description 
    Arranged by designers, this second installment of a two-volume set includes the aircraft of such famous names as Ilyushin, Petlyakov, and Tupolev, as well as lesser-known types. Most books on the subject have been heavy on Western sources and light on firsthand  information, especially pertaining to political backgrounds, design, production, testing, and combat records.. In preparing this volume, the authors combed untapped archives in the Soviet Union to uncover a wealth of data that rewrites long held Western beliefs. The war  records of the aircraft are accompanied by comparisons to Allied and German aircraft of the period, and more than 300 rare period photographs offer an unprecedented review of these fascinating planes. Includes an introduction by renowned UK aviation journalist Bill  Gunston.

  • ISBN-10: 1857800834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857800838
  •   1557505411Mig Aircraft Since 1937 (Putnam Aviation Series)

    by Bill Gunston, Yefim Gordon 

    Product Description
    Mikoyan built his first aircraft in 1936. The company has since gone on to produce some of the most fearsome high-performance military aircraft of the post-World War II period, such as the MiG-15, MiG-21 and MiG 29. This book describes all these aircraft and more, in detail. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
    Product Details
    * Hardcover: 288 pages
    * Publisher: US Naval Institute Press (May 1998)
    * Language: English
    * ISBN-10: 1557505411
    * ISBN-13: 978-1557505415
    * Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.9 inches

    1857800125A history of sukoi, valadim yakovlev contributor
    1857800125Okb Sukhoi : A History of the Design Bureau and Its Aircraft 

    by Vladimir Antonov, Yefim Gordon (Contributor), Mikolai Gordyukov, vladim Yakovlev, Vyachaslav Zenkin (Contributor)

    Book Description 
    The famous Russian soviet aircraft design bureau is thoroughly documented in this book, which has been prepared with the cooperation of the Sukhoi bureau and with extensive access to their records and photo files. Each individual aircraft type is reviewed in detail,  including phototypes, testbeds and projects in various three view and other drawings. 
    # Hardcover: 300 pages
    # Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN); illustrated edition edition (December 1996)
    # Language: English
    # ISBN-10: 1857800125
    # ISBN-13: 978-1857800128
    # Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.9 inches

      1557508828Tupolev Aircraft Since 1922 (Putnam Aviation Series)

    by Bill Gunston 

    Product Description
    Until the break-up of the USSR, the development of Soviet aviation was kept secret, and it is only in recent years that authors have been able to gain access to so much previously unpublished material. Bill Gunston has taken full advantage of the new openness and this, along with his connections at Tupolev, has resulted in a history of Tupolev aircraft, from the ANT-1 to the Tu-2000. In the early years, Tupolev followed Junker's methods and built a range of metal aeroplanes with corrugated sheet skins. Among these was a range of four-engined heavy bombers, the ANT-9 twin- and three-engined airliners, the very long-range single-engined ANT-25 which made non-stop flights from the USSR to the West coast of North American and the very large eight-engined "Maxim Gorky". The range of twin-engined SB wartime bombers were of Tupolev design. After the war, Tupolev produced the successful Tu-16 series twin-jet and the Tu-20 (Tu-95) four propeller-turbine military types, to be followed by the supersonic Tu-22 jet bomber. Tupolev also pioneered the jet airliner, beginning with the Tu-104 which was followed by the Tu-124, Tu-134, Tu-154. Not so successful was Tupolev's Tu-144, the first supersonic aeroplane to fly. Amongst the latest products is the Tu-204 airliner with Rolls-Royce engines. The author describes all the Tupolev types and many of the projects in detail, employing the Putnam format. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
    Product Details
    * Hardcover: 254 pages
    * Publisher: Naval Institute Press (February 1996)
    * Language: English
    * ISBN-10: 1557508828
    * ISBN-13: 978-1557508829
    * Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.1 x 0.9 inches

      1557509786Yakovlev Aircraft Since 1924 (Putnam Aeronautical Books) 

    by Bill Gunston, Yefim Gordon (Contributor) 

    Product Description
    Alexandr S. Yakovlev was one of the most versatile aircraft designers of his age, but he had the misfortune to work in the USSR which made him almost unknown to the outside world. In 1926-27 he built his first aeroplane and from then on he designed structures which were, time and again, ahead of their time. In 1934, he was offered a derelict bed factory which he shortly transformed into a major design and manufacturing plant. From those premises came, to mention just some, a spate of sporting and training aircraft which gained many world-class records: the chief family of Soviet single-seat fighters of World War II, the Yak-1, -3, -7 and -9 of which 36,769 were built. He built the first jet to fly in the USSR and the first Soviet transport helicopters. Later came the principal Soviet radar-equipped interceptors, from which stemmed many other types of tactical twin-jet, including the Soviet counterpart to the U-2. Yakovlev died in 1989, and today his design bureau, still on the site of the old bed factory, is the giant Yak Aircraft Corporation. It produces the most important Russian twin-jet airliner, a diverse group of general-aviation aircraft, an advanced jet trainer and light-attack aircraft and, in conjunction with the Museum of Flying in California, replicas of the Yak-3 wartime fighter. This volume is a detailed analysis of all these and many other aircraft. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
    Product Details
    * Hardcover: 235 pages
    * Publisher: Naval Inst Pr (March 1997)
    * Language: English
    * ISBN-10: 1557509786
    * ISBN-13: 978-1557509789
    * Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.2 x 0.8 inches

    American Aircraft Companies
    1855327856Boeing Aircraft Cutaways : The History of Boeing Aircraft Company 

    by Bill Gunston, Mike Badrocke 

    Product Description
    It would be idle to try and sum up the whole history of this, the most famous aircraft manufacturer in the world, but suffice to say no less than 38 Boeing models saw service in WWII alone, including of course the Flying Fortress and B-29 Superfortress. In 1927, the first Boeing, the 40A biplane, delivered the US mail, with a range of 650 miles; today the 747-400 can cover 9000 miles at a cruising speed of 615 mph.
    From the Publisher
    Osprey's Aircraft Cutaways series tells the stories of the most innovative aircraft companies in the world, in authoritative texts supported by cutaway drawings, colour profiles, and archival photography.
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    Product Details
    * Hardcover: 150 pages
    * Publisher: Osprey Publishing (September 25, 1998)
    * Language: English
    * ISBN-10: 1855327856
    * ISBN-13: 978-1855327856
    * Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 9.4 x 0.7 inches

      1855327759Lockheed Aircraft Cutaways : The History of Lockheed Martin 

    by Mike Badrocke, Bill Gunston, Bill Bunston 
    Product Description
    With close technical analysis from Bill Gunston and artist Mike Badrocke's meticulous cutaway drawings, presented to the best effect on fold-out pages, this volume tells the full story of the most innovative aircraft company in the world.
    From the Publisher
    Osprey's Aircraft Cutaways series tells the stories of the most innovative aircraft companies in the world, in authoritative texts supported by cutaway drawings, colour profiles, and archival photography.
    Product Details
    * Hardcover: 150 pages
    * Publisher: Osprey Publishing; illustrated edition edition (July 24, 1998)
    * Language: English
    * ISBN-10: 1855327759
    * ISBN-13: 978-1855327757
    * Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.4 x 0.6 inches
    1855329247The Illustrated History of McDononnell Douglas Aircraft : From Cloudster to Boeing 

    by Mike Badrocke, Bill Gunston 
    Product Description
    What a history. What a company. With close technical analysis from Bill Gunston and artist Mike Badrocke's meticulous cutaway drawings, presented to the best effect on fold-out pages, this volume tells the complete story of one of the few truly great aircraft builders.
    From the Publisher
    Osprey's Aircraft Cutaways series tells the stories of the most innovative aircraft companies in the world, in authoritative texts supported by cutaway drawings, colour profiles, and archival photography.
    Product Details
    * Hardcover: 150 pages
    * Publisher: Osprey Publishing; illustrated edition edition (December 15, 1999)
    * Language: English
    * ISBN-10: 1855329247
    * ISBN-13: 978-1855329249
    * Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.4 x 0.7 inches
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