AIRCRAFT : FIGHTERS AND BOMBERS IN ACTION

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144 pages - 1975 - Used
This book - which is illustrated with original colour artwork, diagrams, maps and photographs - is the exciting history of the rise of military aircraft from the first days of observation balloons...

Characteristics

Book cover finish Canvas finish, BRADEL, Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features First edition, Dust jacket
Condition Used
Number of pages 144
Published date 1975
Languages English
Collection / Series MODERN MILITARY SERIES
Size 22 x 29 x 2 cm
Author Christopher Chant
Editor Octopus Books Limited

Description

Introduction

by Aram Bakshian, Jr.

 

Through dreams of conquering the heavens go back as far as recorded history, the conquest itself was a long time coming. Not so, however, was the conversion from peaceful to military uses once men and their machines had finally got off the ground.

 

( ... ) The story of military aircraft is one of perpetual change, its turning - points depending in equal measure on courage in combat and ingenuity on the ground, where the concepts of aerial engineering, strategy and tactics are born. In this compact one - volume history, a valuable addition to the Modern Military Series published by Octopus Books, the author tells us the exciting story in a concise narrative account amplified by a dazzling array of illustrations. From beginning to end it is good, informative reading and a solid foundation on which the serious student can base further research ; while for the wargamer and the modeller there is an abundance of useful drawings, specifications and other helpful data.

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Christopher Chant

Christopher Chant ( December 5th, 1945 ) was born at Adlington Hall near Macclesfield ( Cheshire, England ). He spent most of his early childhood in East Africa, where his father was an officer in the Colonial Service. Aviation in particular and military matters in general have been a passion ever since he was given his first model aeroplane kit at about the age of 11. 


Christopher Chant returned to the United Kingdom for his secondary education at The King’s School ( Canterbury, Kent, England, 1959 - 1964 ) and then higher education at Oriel College ( Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, 1964 - 1968 ). At Oxford, he gained his degree in Literae Humaniores ( otherwise known as " Greats " and involving Greek and Latin language, ancient history and philosophy ), and was also heavily involved in various aspects of his college’s rowing club as an oarsman and coach. 


After taking his degree, Christopher Chant moved to London ( England ) as an Assistant Editor on the Purnell partworks History of the Second World War ( 1968 - 1969 ) and History of the First World War ( 1969 - 1972 ), and on the completion of the latter he moved to Orbis Publishing as Editor of the partwork World War II ( 1972 - 1974 ). As this partwork approached its conclusion, he decided on a half - shift of career direction to become a freelance writer and editor. 


Settled in Sutherland ( Scotland ) since the early 2000's, he continue to write extensively on military and aviation subjects, and have also contributed as editor and writer to the partworks The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft, War Machine, Warplane, Take - Off, World Aircraft Information Files and World Weapons, and to the magazine World Air Power Journal


In more recent years, he became involved in the creation of a five - disk CR - ROM series covering the majority of the world’s military aircraft from World War I to the present, and also in the writing of scripts for a number of video cassettes, TV programmes and DVD programmes. 


( sources : Wikipedia, http://www.cmchant.com )

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