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Aircraft Of WWI (Essential Aircraft Identification Guide): 1914 - 1918 (The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide) Hardcover – 28 Feb 2010

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Amber Books (28 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906626650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906626655
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 19.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is interesting to see the amazing progress of aircraft design in eight years from the flimsy Bleriot to the fast, well armed fighting aircraft at the end of the book... look out for the amazing colour schemes. --Model Aviation

Happily, the new volume in The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide series draws on the latest research to cover various World War I airplanes and airships in full colour... Herris and Pearson have created a worthy successor to the Harleyford volumes. It is highly recommended... --Over the Front magazine

Happily, the new volume in The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide series draws on the latest research to cover various World War I airplanes and airships in full colour... Herris and Pearson have created a worthy successor to the Harleyford volumes. It is highly recommended... --Over the Front magazine


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I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is a comprehensive and readable overview of aviation in WW1 but sufficently in depth enough for anyone above the level of wanting familiarisation of every nut and bolt for which there are other sources. Each aircraft description is succinct whilst the overviews of changes in technology are just right. In addition the author delves into areas that you generally don't see in volumes of this kind - economics for example a hitherto negelected topic. Finally the illustrations, crisp and detailed! If this is the standard for the Essential Aircraft Identification Guide series then I'm hooked!
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I like this book! The drawings are great and the written part is fine if you want a quick tour of WWI air combat. Don't expect anything too detailled, this book is not tring to cover everything in depth but that's fine as it does not claim to be. The reason it lost a star was that at times it concentrates too much on certain aircraft types to the detriment of others for example, there are four drawings of Gotha GIVs and only one of a Pfalz DIII and none of the a sub-type.
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A lot is achieved here in a modest size book of 187 pages, and it is certainly very attective visually. The colour profiles are very good and many little known types are illustrated (Spad A2, Lohner L, etc). Of course there have to be compromises: plan elevations would be nice to see but would have almost doubled the size of the book, and the text is short and somewhat simplistic, but the author does tackle the Middle East and the Italian front, together with the aircraft used on them, quite well, whilst the Russian Front at least gets a mention. Unfortunately there are numerous errors in the specifications, often from pounds being mistaken for kilos though others are inexplicable.

Mr Herris is an expert on and enthusiast for the German airforce and this becomes very obvious. Like many others he is smitten by the 'romance' of the German Jastas. There is far more here about the German airforce than any other. Its true he gives some credit to the RFC in the text but his admiration for the Germans- Boelcke, Richthofen and the rest- is only too clear.

As far a illustrations are concerned, the first fifty profiles include 25 German, 17 French and 5 British designs and the impression is given that we British were scarely present on the Western Front at all. The German strategic offesive againt Britain is 'glamourised' with seven colourful illustrations of Gothas and 'giants': there are no illustrations here of French or British equivalents: you have go on another 110 pages to find two pictures of Handley Page bombers. Totting up the profiles there are 7 Fokker DVII's, 8 Spad V11/X111's and 2 British SE Va's. I'm not one to complain (!) but....
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This is a beautiful,colourful and informative guide to the most important aircraft of the Great War.Over 250 colour profiles and specifications fill the 192 pages.It covers all the major theatres of the conflict,including the Middle East,the Eastern Front ,the Italian Front and others.Some fascinating photographs add a human touch.The colour profiles,however steal the show displaying the psychadelic flambouyance of these early colour schemes.Some of these aircraft are so bizzare-looking like the Caproni Ca4,or the Viosin 8 and 10 that I would love to have seen them in the air.This book is great value also.The only things I would like to have seen are 1/72 scale top-down views as all the profiles are side-on.I did notice a strut missing on the Albatros Dva,but thats my modeller's eye for detail.Overall a superbly researched and entertaining pece of work.
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The book: what you notice first are the colour side views of 174 aircraft types (and a few observation balloons and zeppelins), plus quite a few of the same type in different schemes. Each image is accompanied by a small box (think top trump cards!) with specifications. They're arranged partly in chronological order, partly to go with the chapter they illustrate - and these chapters deal with early days, start of combat, bombing, maritime aviation, plus separate treatments of the Eastern front, the Middle East, and the Italian front. These are full of interesting notes on tactics and strategy, comparisons between the various aircraft types, weaponry, technology, statistics. Occasionally there are plates with multiple very small 'plane profiles to show the various markings within a squadron or Jasta, down to wheelcover colours.

My opnion: the best overview I have come across. There are a few shortcomings, but they don't detract (well, not much) from the fact that this is the best book on the subject I have seen. Not all types are illustrated (I would have loved a picture of the Giant bomber, or of R-planes); you only get a side view, so for modellers it is of limited use - though you do get multiple schemes for some of the more famous types. To have so much coverage (174 types, I repeat!) of the rapidly evolving aircraft of these five years is great. But for individual types (and those all-important top views) I still will go back to my Aircraft Profiles, dating back to the 60s and 70s. As an overview, for a reasonable price, and most importantly, available version, this book is still excellent value for money.
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