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Directory of military aircraft of the world
March, Peter R.
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Publication Information:
London : Cassell, 2001.
Physical Description:
480 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
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Includes index.
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UG1240 .M37 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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With over 700 photographs, 200 artworks, and 400 aircraft types, plus formal and popular designations, this is the definitive treatment of every military plane made to defend the skies throughout the world. Each easily identifiable aircraft comes complete with in-air pictures and specially designed profile paintings, as well as a detailed manufacturing and service history, making this exhaustive new reference a must for researching combat operations or as a guide at air shows and war-game reenactments.

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Booklist Review

March has authored Military Aircraft Markings, an annual reference book on aircraft recognition, for more than 20 years. His current project covers all known military aircraft flying through early 2001. Included are 412 aircraft of combat, combat support, training, and a miscellaneous category surveying communications, transport, VIP planes, and more. Each entry is illustrated with at least one color photograph and a second color photograph or computer illustration showing a side or angled view. A typical entry provides a history of the development of the aircraft, information on its current service, and special features of the plane. A sidebar presents standard technical data--range, endurance, crew, and so on. Coverage includes all branches of the military or the equivalent national services. Information is arranged alphabetically by name of manufacturer and then name of aircraft. A page header quickly allows users to locate the desired plane and provides information on the manufacturer, aircraft name, type of aircraft, and national origin. This is followed with about half a page of text and technical data. At the top and bottom of each page are attractive photographs and digital artworks showing the plane. Assisting users are several well-designed tools, including a 50-page "World Air Arms Inventory," which is arranged alphabetically by country, service organization, type of aircraft, and manufacturer. Near the back of the book is a two-page glossary of all abbreviations used in the text. This is followed by a subject index. The only comparable resource is Jane's All the World's Aircraft, the massive annual that lists all known powered aircraft. Jane's is arranged by country and manufacturer, but users will not find listings there for countries that do not produce aircraft. A user seeking information on the air arms of countries such as Uruguay, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe would need to consult Directory of Military Aircraft of the World instead. This current, comprehensive, easy-to-use resource is an excellent complement to Jane's, and all libraries with an interest in military aviation should consider it for their collections.

Publisher's Weekly Review

The blunt-nosed 1948 Soviet MiG, the German-built Hoffman motor glider and the forthcoming 2005 Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor are just a few of the planes catalogued and photographed in the Directory of Military Aircraft of the World. Aviation author Peter R. March (Military Aircraft Markings) writes entries for 400 military planes from around the world, and includes 700 glossy photos and more than 200 drawings. March describes the development of each plane as well as its current service, special features and various models. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved