This magnificent book, which contains plenty of photographs and profiles, can be seen a catalog of military aircraft used by the United States since 1909 until the early 1960's.
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||F. Gordon Swanborough and Peter M. Bowers
||PUTNAM & COMPANY LIMITED
The United States Army purchased its first aeroplane, a Wright biplane, in 1908 ; in the early 1960's, the U.S. Air Force is equiped with the most advanced weapons for air warfare yet developed. This book traces the development and operational histories of every type of aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force and its predecessors, the Signal Corps, Army Air Corps and Army Air Force, from the original Wright biplane to the present time. Also included are aircraft in use in the early 1960's with the new Army Air Corps.
F. Gordon Swanborough's interest in aviation began with model - making in schooldays, and developed rapidly during the later stages of the Second World War. Combined with an early interest in writing, this led inevitably towards a career in aviation journalism, beginning on the staff of The Aeroplane at the end of 1943. He subsequently worked on The Aeroplane Spotter until 1948, for most of the time as assistant editor.
Since then he has written for The Aeroplane on all aspects of contemporary aviation, and specialised for the last six years on airlines and transport aircraft. F. Gordon Swanborough has written a couple of books, including Aircraft and Air Power ( 1958 ), Combat Aircraft of the World ( 1962 ), Vertical Flight Aircraft of the World ( 1964 ) and United States Navy Aircraft since 1911 ( with Peter M. Bowers, 1983 ).
( sources : UNITED STATES MILITARY AIRCRAFT since 1909, amazon ).
Peter M. Bowers ( May 15th, 1918 - April 27th, 2003 ) has been an avid aviation enthusiast since early childhood. After two years of engineering study at Junior College, he enrolled in Boeing School of Aeronautics in 1940 for two years of aeronautical engineering. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps as an Aviation Engineering Cadet, and received a commission as an Engineering Officer. Peter M. Bowers was put in charge of the Army's aircraft recognition programme the year after the Second World War.
Discharged as a Captain, he then joined the Boeing Company in Seattle ( where he lived most of his life ) as a research engineer. He received his pilot's licence in 1948. Peter M. Bowers is famed in the general aviation community for his work with General Aviation News. Writing 26 books and over 800 articles detailing historic aircraft for a column called Of Wings and Things, Peter M. Bowers was a fixture of the newspaper for decades.
He was an avid aviation photographer and also designed homebuilt aircraft such as the Fly Baby and Namu II. He also completed and flew a Detroit G1 Gull primary glider. He served as a contributing editor for Sentry Publications' twin magazine titles Wings and Airpower, drawing on a lifetime of aviation photographs of his own, and of a vast archive collected through his employment at Boeing.
Peter M. Bowers died from cancer in 2003.
( sources : Wikipedia, UNITED STATES MILITARY AIRCRAFT since 1909 )