MODERN FIGHTING AIRCRAFT
F-16 : 1 IN STOCK LEFT
The Aviation Fact File/Modern Fighting Aircraft series comprised a number of large format (almost A3 size) hardback books focusing on modern military aircraft operated by NATO and the West. Each volume included a concise development history and a look at the aircraft's operational career. However, the main appeal of this series was the illustrations. With typically more than 100 photographs (mostly in colour), colour drawings, a cutaway drawing, line drawings and dozens of explanatory diagrams - all presented in the familiar Salamander style - each title provided a highly pictorial introduction to the subject. (www.aeroflight.co.uk)
|Book cover finish
||Hardcover ( square back binding )
|Number of pages
|Collection / Serie
||AVIATION FACT FILE
||27 x 40 x 1 cm
||Doug Richardson - Mike Spick - Bill Gunston - Michael J. Gething
||Salamander Books Ltd.
Introduction General Dynamics' Fighting Falcon was one of the stars of the 1977 Paris Air Show. In those not-so-distant days it was simply designated F-16 and only a handful of aircraft were flying, but the type was regarded by many observers as the hottest and probably the most controversial fighter in the Western world.
As the aircraft stood on display in the flight line, many individuals stopped to photograph it, but one in particular caught the writer's eye. Dressed in a suit of distinctly out-of-date style and equipped with a Russian camera fitted with a large telephoto lens, he was photographing the aircraft not from close up but from a range of several hundred yards.
The resulting clandestine photographs were no doubt eagerly examined in an East European Defence Ministry a few days later, but the whole exercise might have been made easier had the anonymous photographer simply marched boldly up to the F-16 and accepted one of the colour photos of the aircraft which the two GD men on duty beside it ...