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Title:
Warbirds : an illustrated guide to U.S. military aircraft, 1915-2000
Author:
Fredriksen, John C.
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Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xiv, 363 pages : b illustrations ; 29 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781576071311
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Warbirds pays special attention to the aircraft of America's Golden Age, 1919-1939, and the breakthrough technological developments of that era.

* Each entry includes a photograph of the warplane, service dates, manufacturer, records set, engineering and performance history, technical innovations, and even operational problems


Author Notes

John C. Fredriksen , Ph.D., is an independent historian.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Fredriksen is the author of numerous military histories and reference works, including the recent American Military Leaders: From Colonial Times to the Present [RBB N 15 99]. This volume is a survey of all U.S. military aircraft of significance and is intended for students and serious researchers. It covers all fighters, bombers, trainers, patrol craft, transports, and helicopters manufactured and deployed by military or naval units. Omitted are experimental prototypes and airships like dirigibles. The book is arranged alphabetically by manufacturer and then by name or designation (e.g., Bell UH-1 Iroquois, Bell V-22 Osprey). There are 325 entries, each with a black-and-white photograph of the aircraft and a listing of performance, power plant, armament, and service dates and a brief narrative detailing the development, deployment, and eventual retirement of the machines. Often mentioned in the narratives are production figures, records, unique features, model variants, and opinions on the success or failure of the aircraft. The reference is very current, mentioning such recent aircraft as the Lockheed/Boeing F-22 Lighting II, which is scheduled to be deployed in 2005. Two bibliographies are included. The first lists books and articles on specific aircraft and is arranged by manufacturer. The second is a bibliography of more general titles. An appendix lists aircraft by function, such as "Air-Sea Rescue" and "Fighter." According to the preface, aircraft that performed several different functions are listed under each relevant category, but we found some discrepancies. For example, the entry for the McDonnell F-101 Voodoo describes it as a fighter and a reconnaissance craft, but in the appendix it is listed only under "Fighter." A second appendix is a chronological listing of aircraft by historical period, such as "World War I, 1917^-1918 " and "Contemporary, 1976^-2000." The third appendix is a list of about 45 aircraft museums throughout the U.S. and Canada. The lack of an index makes it hard to locate specific entries for specific aircraft such as the B-52 without knowing the manufacturer. There are literally hundreds of reference books on military aircraft. Many are specialized by time period, country, type of plane, or service branch. Less comprehensive and technical than the standard Jane's All the World's Aircraft, Warbirds is an up-to-date, well-designed resource that will be popular in high-school, public, and academic libraries.


Library Journal Review

This reference work by aviation author Fredriksen aims to be an introductory source to the U.S. military aviation inventory from its modest beginnings in World War I through the present day's vast technological astonishments. Each of the aircraft selected from the scores of possible examples is then examined in a short history, with mention of its contribution to the military picture, some details on its construction and numbers, and other selected facts. A single photo is included, with technical specifications. The format is adequate to the initial task, though anything beyond basic interest has to be found in the voluminous cross-referenced suggested reading appendixes. Nevertheless, having singled out the "casual user" and with the goal of being "exacting in scope without being burdensome in detail," this single volume is right on target. With its extensive source lists, it should get considerable reference traffic.ÄMel D. Lane, Sacramento, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

In this book sized for the coffee table, Fredriksen provides portraits of 327 US warplanes, WW I to the present. Included are fighters, bombers, transports, flying boats, trainers, helicopters, reconnaissance aircraft, and several lesser-known types. Each entry includes one black-and-white photograph and provides information concerning physical dimensions (including weight), engines, performance, armament, and in many cases, pedigree. In the area of military transports, the author is very good at making distinctions between those originally designed as civil aircraft and those designed exclusively for the military. What sets Fredriksen apart from his better-known predecessors (e.g., Bill Gunston, Kenneth Munson, and William Green, all prolific compilers of aircraft compendia) are two bibliographies: 18 pages on aircraft and three on general topics. Also included is a list of museums where some of the aircraft may be viewed and a three-page list of aircraft journals and magazines. Although not essential for those holding aircraft reference books by the authors noted or bibliographies devoted to aircraft, this good, if expensive, general introduction would be helpful to general readers and undergraduates. M. J. Smith Jr.; Tusculum College