AIRCRAFT OF THE FIGHTING POWERS, Volume IV

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103 pages - 1944 - Used, acceptable
This book - which contains beautiful three - view line drawings and photographs as well - is a huge encyclopaedia that depicts the aircraft of fighting powers during the Second World War.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Canvas finish, Bradel, Hardcover ( square back binding )
Condition Used, acceptable
Number of pages 103
Published date 1944
Language English
Collection / Series Aircraft of the Fighting Powers
Size 24 x 29 x 2 cm
Authors H.J. Cooper and O.G. Thetford
Editor THE HARBOROUGH PUBLISHING CO., LTD.

Description

FOREWORD

 

Naturally we all hope that by the time Vol. V of " Aircraft of the Fighting Powers " appears the Powers will have stopped fighting. But even if they have stopped, anyhow for the next generation or so, that does not mean that the aircraft of the fighting Powers will be of any less interest. And we may be quite sure that fighting aircraft will always be designed and built, even long after the World has been hammered into a state of peace.

 

The long quiet years during which Britannia really did rule the waves and no nonsense about it, were only possible because we had a Navy and warships which assured peace on the Seven Seas. Once in a while we had to use our ships to stop troubles ashore. Once in a while the Fleets of other nations fought one another - as when the Japanese Fleet sank the Russian Fleet, but there was, on the whole, peace on the seas. And the Royal Navy was the World's policeman.

 

Similarly the Air Forces of the winning Powers will have to be the air police of the future and will have to keep order among what Rudyard Kipling called " the lesser breeds without the Law ", for there are always small tribes and nations which will make trouble - such as we have had for years on the North - West Frontier of India and in Central Africa, and with slave - traders across the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf ; and as the U.S.A. had in the Philippines and in Central America ; and the Russians had in Outer Mongolia.

 

( ... ) Just so, fighting and bombing aircraft will be needed to Keep the Peace, which we hope will last for many years among the great Powers. And those Powers which are wise will foster the design of better and better warplanes in the interests of Peace. And thus, though these volumes may not in future years deal with Aircraft of the Fighting Powers, they may well deal with Fighting Aircraft of the Powers.

 

Thus the excellent pictures, and more particularly the accurate scale drawings of the fighting aircraft of the future will be just as valuable to coming generations of aeronautical enthusiasts as are those of past and current volumes. And the more the rising generations know about the details of the most modern weapons of war the better they will be able to handle them in protecting their own country against the aggression of others.

 

October, 1944.

C.G. GREY. 

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
H.J. Cooper and O.G. Thetford

Owen G. Thetford ( 1923 - ? ) was born in Cheshire ( England ). As a schoolboy he was an omniverous reader of such magazines as Flying Aces, Popular Flying and collected Jane's All the World's Aircraft for which publication he later came to work when Leonard Bridgman was Editor. 


He published his first book when still matriculating and thereafter followed a career as an aviation author and editor. As an editor, he was associated with the old Air Review magazine where he did feature articles on such subjects as flying with the Eighth Air Force in Flying Fortresses, the U.S. Navy in Devonshire, the re - opening of Railway Air Services from Croydon to Glasgow with Dakotas, when civil airlines started up again after the Second World War, as well as book reviews, aviation film reviews, and for the Aero - modeller, the famous series Aircraft Described and Monthly Memoranda which pioneered writing ( now commonplace ) about such subjects as aircraft serial numbers squadron code letters and camouflage finishes. 


Apart from writing the complete text and doing all the picture research for the currently re - published Aircraft of the Fighting Powers, Owen G. Thetford is also the author of the currently standard works Aircraft of the Royal Air Force Since 1918, British Naval Aircraft Since 1912, and German Aircraft of the First World War ( with the late Peter Gray ). He also wrote Camouflage 1914 - 18 Aircraft, Camouflage 1939 - 42 Aircraft - both very rare and sought after titles nowadays - and collaborated with the late E.J. Riding on Aircraft of the 1914 - 18 War, published in 1946 and reprinted in 1954. 


Apart from his work as an aviation author, Owen G. Thetford works professionally as an Advertising Director. His other interests include collecting modern novels, modern jazz, cinema, theatre and ballet. 


( source : Aircraft of the Fighting Powers, VOLUME 7 - 1946 )

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