50 FIGHTERS 1938-1945 This, the second volume covering fighter aircraft built between the years 1938 to 1945 extends the scope of the series by including some of those types of the period which saw service during the post-war years in many of the world's air forces.
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This, the second volume covering fighter aircraft built between the years 1938 to 1945 extends the scope of the series by including some of those types of the period which saw service during the post-war years in many of the world's air forces.
In some instances many types were in continuous service through the fifties, the sixties and even into the seventies, though only one type can claim this distinction, the evergreen North American P-51D Mustang, to give it its wartime designation.
The F-51D Mustang last fired its guns in anger, albeit in the ground attack role in the Israeli Air Force during the Sinai Campaign of 1956, it still flies with the AURI and with a few of the smaller South American air forces ; illustrated in this book are two AURI Mustangs which saw action in the closing months of World War II with the Nether-lands East Indies Air Force passing to the AURI on the formation of that force to continue in service for two decades in various roles, F-324 being photographed in 1970.
A rare type illustrated in this volume, with even rarer national markings is the IAR 81 two-seat fighter trainer conversion of the Royal Rumanian Air Force with roundel duplicated on the fin and rudder. Probably the IAR 80/81 series of fighters will attract the attention of one of the many producers of vacuum-formed kits in the not-too-distant future, as a model of this fighter would be a welcome addition to any collection of historic fighters.
As in the first volume this one also contains a quota of one or two-off prototypes and limited production aircraft, one example being the General Motors (Fisher Division) XP-75 and P-75 Eagle ; it is unfortunate that this aircraft did not achieve operational status as it was basically an efficient airframe in its final configuration but powered by an undeveloped engine.
The Eagle would have added a very interesting shape to the skies of World War II, again a good subject for the vacuum-formed kit. Again a scheme is presented of the only high-wing monoplane fighter to see service in World War II together with one of the few biplanes to see first line service during that period.
The AIRCAM AVIATION SERIES of books took a largely pictorial look at classic military aircraft types, with only a short narrative text serving as introduction. A companion series of specials portrayed the camouflage and markings worn by various military air arms and flying units.
After 5-6 pages of concise text introducing the subject, the remainder of each book comprised b+w photographs, 8 pages of colour profile artwork and 3-4 pages of small plan-view tone drawings, showing the upper and lower surfaces of the aircraft illustrated in colour.
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