AIRCRAFT OF THE FIGHTING POWERS, Volume V

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131 pages - 1943 - 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 131
Published date 1943
Language English
Collection / Series Aircraft of the Fighting Powers
Size 23 x 29 x 2 cm
Authors H.J. Cooper and O.G. Thetford
Editor THE HARBOROUGH PUBLISHING COMPANY LIMITED

Description

PREFACE

 

With each successive year " Aircraft of the Fighting Powers " becomes more established as the standard series of reference books on military aircraft used by all nations in Great War No. 2 ; and notwithstanding all the handicaps arising from wartime conditions, the Editor and Compilers venture to feel that this latest volume will at least maintain the level attained by previous ones.

 

It is not usually realised that, whilst each volume of " Aircraft of the Fighting Powers " is complete in itself - in that it deals with aircraft flown in a particular year - each bears a definite relationship to its predecessor.

 

In this, " Aircraft of the Fighting Powers " differs from all other Annuals, most of which, when a newer edition is published, must be cast on one side as out of date.

 

Not so this series of volumes, each of which must be used in conjunction with the others if a complete record is to be kept of all the military aircraft used in the present war. Thus the whole series of volumes, from No. I onwards, provides a chronological record of the development and use of military aircraft throughout the years of this Second Great War of the Twentieth Century.

 

Unlike other Annuals, in which varying amounts of space are devoted to aircraft, " Aircraft of the Fighting Powers ", in the case of every aircraft, provides a I / 72 three - view scale drawing, together with specification, development, armament, power plant, all known performance figures and weights, and operational history.

 

Thus, in each volume is provided information essential to members of the Royal Air Force, Royal Observer Corps, Air Training Corps, A.A. Gun Units, and that vast public to whom " Aircraft Recognition " is now an important item in their general education.

 

( ... ) Months of research and preparation by a highly skilled staff are required to produce each volume, and on behalf of the Publishers the opportunity is here taken to acknowledge gratefully the advertising support from many leading firms in the Aircraft Industry, without which each volume would cost appreciably more. ( ... )

 

December, 1943.

D.A. RUSSELL. 

 

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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