More than 200,000 words of text and data, over 500 accurate drawings — many in color — and 40 cutaway drawings make THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE WORLD’S COMBAT AIRCRAFT the most impressive single volume ever published on the subject of military aircraft.
It gathers together all the important combat aircraft of the world, covering more than 1,500 of them. In scope it ranges from the first few primitive machines to the excellent piston-engined warplanes which made air power so vital in World War II, from the exciting early jets to the sophisticated aircraft of the nuclear age, supreme as they are amongst the machines of war and, by their very menace, capable of ensuring peace.
Not all the aircraft in this magnificent volume have had to prove themselves in war, but the detailed performancestatisticsand authoritative, concisely-written texts leave little doubt as to their effectiveness. And for those interested in the relative capabilities of the combat aircraft of the Eastern and Western blocs there is a wealth of information, as there is about the machines that have opposed each other throughout the history of war in the air.
For each entry in this volume there is at least one, and sometimes more than one, uniquely-detailed profile drawing, usually in colour. There are in addition cutaway drawings, each one highly researched and precisely drawn. No other publisher has even attempted such a comprehensive work in colour on this fascinating subject.