Fact File, Fighter Aircraft since 1945

A nicely presented history of fighter development since 1945. The aircraft are presented by country and include concise text with excellent colour photographs. – highly recommended.


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NAME: Fact File, Fighter Aircraft since 1945
FILE: R2636
AUTHOR: Frank Schwede
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES:  127
PRICE: £12.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Cold War, fighter aircraft, subsonic jets, trans-sonic 
jets, super-sonic jets, air superiority, ground attack, dog 
fighting, guns, missiles, low observables

ISBN: 1-47389-129-9

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DESCRIPTION: A nicely presented history of fighter development 
since 1945. The aircraft are presented by country and include 
concise text with excellent colour photographs.  – highly 
recommended.

The brief history of flight has seen some amazing progress in a 
series of spurts. WWI saw the military aircraft advance from 
very fragile unarmed aerial observation posts to effective 
killing machines with guns, bombs and even unguided rockets. 
Then, not much happened until Germany began arming for a new world 
war and a vigorous arms race began. In just a few brief years, 
fighters advanced from wood and canvas machines with two rifle 
calibre machine guns, open cockpit biplanes capable of struggling 
to 200 mph, to all metal monoplanes with up to eight machine guns
 or canon with enclosed cockpits, oxygen, radio and speeds up to 
460 mph.
From 1945, further dramatic progress was made with jet powered 
fighters that carried radar, heavy gun armament, guided missiles 
and achieved speeds of just over three times the speed of sound. 
This book covers the jet age and makes a creditable job of it.

With books of this type there is a large subject to cover in a 
compact space which means that not every fighter type can be 
covered. Inevitably, some readers will wonder why one particular 
aircraft has been missed out or another type included. The author 
will have to be a little subjective but this book is balanced and 
provides an interesting selection of aircraft.