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So progress in the development of fighting aircraft during the 1920s was at first slow. But slowly the revolution in structural methods appeared and aircraft designed for aerial fighting began to overhaul their civil counterparts again.


Book cover finish Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features Dust jacket
Condition Used very good
Number of pages 192
Published date 1982
Language English
Author Christopher Chant
Editor Chartwell Books Inc.


The aerial legacy of the First World War was both good and bad: on the credit side the aero-plane had evolved into an effective machine with several distinct roles, and on the debit side the lessons of the war seemed so clear that there appeared to be little point in further thought, with the one principal exception of the heavy bomber. This last had appeared so late in the war that all realised the importance of exploring its true military potential.



So progress in the development of fighting aircraft during the 1920s was at first slow, and was far outstripped by that of civil and record-breaking aircraft. However, slowly the revolution in structural methods and markedly improved engines made itself felt, and aircraft designed for aerial fighting began to overhaul their civil counterparts again. Small-scale wars, and the increasing threat of a Second World War, speeded this process immeasurably, and by the late 1930s the slow, agile and elegant biplanes had all but disappeared in favour of a new generation of aggressive monoplanes combining outright performance with devastating potential, which was finally realised during the climactic years 1942-1945.


But even as these piston-engined aircraft were beginning to play a decisive part in warfare, the genesis of the jet engine and electronic warfare was ushering in a new revolution, whose evolution during the late 1940s and early 1950s produced one of aviation's truly 'golden eras? And it was these aircraft, designed largely to fight a strategic war between the super-powers and their allies, which equipped the US Air Force in the Vietnam War. And here the fallacy of the previous 15 years' tactical thinking was revealed.











Christopher Chant was brought up in East Africa, but educated at The King's School, Canterbury and at Oriel College, Oxford, where he took a degree in Literae Humaniores. He has been fascinated in aviation since an early age, and after coming down from Oxford became an assistant editor on the Purnell partworks History of the Second World War and History of the First World War.

In 1972 he became editor of the Orbis partwork World War II, and on its completion left full-time publishing employment to concentrate on his writing career. Since that time he has married and moved from London to rural Lincolnshire, where he now lives with his wife and two sons.

He is the author of a number of works dealing with aviation and modern military history, including Aviation: an Illustrated History, The World's Armies, The World's Navies, The World's Air Forces, The Armed Forces of the United Kingdom, and Air Forces of World Wars I and II.

Christopher Chant

Christopher Chant ( December 5th, 1945 ) was born at Adlington Hall near Macclesfield ( Cheshire, England ). He spent most of his early childhood in East Africa, where his father was an officer in the Colonial Service. Aviation in particular and military matters in general have been a passion ever since he was given his first model aeroplane kit at about the age of 11. 

Christopher Chant returned to the United Kingdom for his secondary education at The King’s School ( Canterbury, Kent, England, 1959 - 1964 ) and then higher education at Oriel College ( Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, 1964 - 1968 ). At Oxford, he gained his degree in Literae Humaniores ( otherwise known as " Greats " and involving Greek and Latin language, ancient history and philosophy ), and was also heavily involved in various aspects of his college’s rowing club as an oarsman and coach. 

After taking his degree, Christopher Chant moved to London ( England ) as an Assistant Editor on the Purnell partworks History of the Second World War ( 1968 - 1969 ) and History of the First World War ( 1969 - 1972 ), and on the completion of the latter he moved to Orbis Publishing as Editor of the partwork World War II ( 1972 - 1974 ). As this partwork approached its conclusion, he decided on a half - shift of career direction to become a freelance writer and editor. 

Settled in Sutherland ( Scotland ) since the early 2000's, he continue to write extensively on military and aviation subjects, and have also contributed as editor and writer to the partworks The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft, War Machine, Warplane, Take - Off, World Aircraft Information Files and World Weapons, and to the magazine World Air Power Journal

In more recent years, he became involved in the creation of a five - disk CR - ROM series covering the majority of the world’s military aircraft from World War I to the present, and also in the writing of scripts for a number of video cassettes, TV programmes and DVD programmes. 

( sources : Wikipedia, )

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