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This lovely pocketbook, which contains many photographs, depicts the various fighter aircraft in service around the world from 1913 to 1961.


Format 15 x 12 x 2 cm
Nbr. de pages 256
Finition Glued binding
Aviation belge No
Année d’édition 1962
Langue English
Etat du livre A little damaged
Auteur Roy Cross


The modern fighter pilot's mount is a marvel of engineering, evolved in less than fifty years from a simple wooden fabric - covered structure, hardly able to carry the additional weight of a machine gun and ammunition, into a present - day weapon of astonishing complexity and performance. Yet there seems to be no publication which gives, even in outline, the whole impressive story of the fighter from its beginnings in 1914 - 15 until today*. This task the author hopefully sets out to perform within the confines of this little volume. ( ... )
* 1962.
Roy Cross

Roy Cross ( April 23rd, 1924 ) was born in Camberwell ( London, England ). On rainy days he would sit in a relative's conservatory ( " Aunty Nell " ) and read her books on art. 

1938 : with storm clouds gathering across Europe in the lead up to the Second World War, 14 years old Roy joined the Air Defence Cadet Corps ( later called the Air Training Corps ). Eventually, becoming a cadet in No. 343 Camberwell Squadron and promoted to Flight Sergeant for " general efficiency ". He also found he was a capable draughtsman and was engaged by the A.T.C. Gazette ( the Corps publication ). He was also selected to be No. 343 Squadron's lecturer on aircraft recognition. 

In April 1942, he applied to join the drawing office at Flight magazine. Managing Editor Geoffrey Smith while praising his work turned him down when he learnt that Roy was expected to get his call up in the next six months. Roy's poor eyesight meant he would not be able to enlist as aircrew, and he left the Air Training Corps. However, the sketches he had submitted a year ago were published in the A.T.C. Gazette. These were the first of many sketches and articles to appear in this publication. The same year, his first complete work : U.S. Army Aircraft - a fold out leaflet - was published after his eighteenth birthday. 

He illustrated for The Aeroplane and the Eagle comic. In 1952 he joined the Society of Aviation Artists, but it is for his work at Airfix which he is best known. 

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