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American Military Aircraft: a century of innovation

19 July 2013

American Military Aircraft: a century of innovation,  Jim Winchester (General Editor), 2005, ISBN 978-0-7607-6982-9, 448 pp.

Jim Winchester, the general editor of this title, has produced an attractive and comprehensive coffee table book on U.S. produced military aircraft. Over 3000 photographs are included to illustrate nearly all of the U.S. armed forces aircraft placed into service since just before World War II. The author writes in the Queen’s English which is refreshing with words and spellings that differ from that spoken in the United States (e..g, defence instead of defense and abseil as opposed to rappel).

American Military Aircraft: a century of innovation,  Jim Winchester (General Editor)

American Military Aircraft: a century of innovation, Jim Winchester (General Editor)

Thumbnail graphics are used throughout to compare an aircraft’s performance (such and range, armament, speed, etc.) with other aircraft which occupy the same niche. These comparisons are not only done against competitive aircraft of other countries but insights are also scattered within the text to bring home that aircraft’s  unique attributes. Specialized aircraft are included — like the Lockheed AC-130 Spectre and Boeing MH-47 Chinook — as well as somewhat rare aircraft, such as the license built Pilatus TurboPorter. Oddly, some aircraft were omitted though they were produced in large numbers — the Brewster F2A Buffalo, Boeing AH-64 Apache and Lockheed S-3 Viking are notable due to their exceptions.

This is a good book for maturing children since the gamut of U.S. military aircraft is generally well covered with the facts, figures and special attention to particular variants. The index is organized according to aircraft manufacturer so it is not helpful with respect to research. However, the format and numerous images along with well written but brief text make this an excellent coffee table book — which is the author’s intent. The book is fun to peruse with the comparative graphics easily able to stimulate further research or conversation.

This book was given to me, by a brother of a different mother, which is a great strength of this book, it has given us innumerable items to ponder and discuss — few gifts are as good 🙂

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 19 July 2013 16:53

    Strange…. the S-3 Viking has the most dynamic envelope of all. Carrys 1/2 it’s own weight, has weapon hardpoints, heavy wep bombays and a remarkable 3000 nm range with a service ceiling of 40,000 feet, etc. Talk about an impressive vehicle. It was also retired with another 100% left on its fatigue life…Go figure.

    This is why we have F-35 and drones…….

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      21 July 2013 21:20

      What you have said is too true.

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