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Aviation: The World's Aircraft A - Z [Hardcover]

Fia O Caoimh
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4 July 2011
In an incredible combination of personal passion and exhaustive reseach, Fia O Caoimh presents a visual encyclopaedia of aircraft, with special emphasis on obscure or forgotten planes. His exquisite illustrations of planes and helicopters, each accompanied by detailed technical specifications, re-create the progression of aircraft, beginning with the early days of flight. More than ten years in the making, and now available in a smaller format with more than 900 illustrations, this unique, engrossing and heartfelt labour of love is certain to resonate with professionals and amateurs alike.

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (4 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500515956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500515952
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 26.6 x 26.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Attention grabbingly phenomenal ... obviously the product of a labour of love as well as of considerable research and knowledge as well as of extraordinary artistic talents' --School Librarian

'Exquisite illustrations ... O'Caoimh spent 10 years putting this book together, a real labour of love. A bargain at £16.95'
--Bournemouth Daily Echo

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5.0 out of 5 stars Aviation manual 24 Feb 2012
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This book contains a vast collection of all types of aircraft, from early days to modern aircraft, each pictured by an excellent pencil sketc and details. High value for money. Recommended strongly.
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2.0 out of 5 stars weak & poorly thought out 8 Mar 2014
By rfs
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I hoped by previously good reviews this book would be good. However it is, in my opinion,almost awful.The reasons for this are-

1. The drawings are poor and look traced.
2. Most of the aircraft are not fully shown. Lots of close up drawings of parts of the aircraft. This would not be so bad except that each aircraft gets only 1 drawing.

A shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great for drawing tips etc 18 Feb 2012
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Really nice book that includes so many images. One odd thing is that on a lot of the landing images, the planes seem to be lurching to one side which in the real world would definitely wake up any snoozing passengers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice encyclopaedia 18 April 2013
By Peter
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This book is full of information - so manyaircraft with datas and artistic drawings. If you are an aviation enthusiast, find a place for this on your shelf!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Illustrated Guide to Aircraft! 14 July 2011
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
There are books and then there are labors of love. AVIATION, AN EXPLORATION OF 400 OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST AIRCRAFT is a labor of love, being Irish artist/author Fia Caoimh's tribute to the rich history of aviation. This Tess Press release, apparently a reprint of the original Thames and Hudson edition, features Caoimh's intricate drawings of aircraft ranging from the Wright Flyer to the Scaled Composites Space Ship One. Visually, AVIATION is one impressive piece of work!

Caoimh follows a lengthy historic introduction on aviation with a 20-page, illustrated 'Timeline of Aviation' before presenting the meat of the book, some 850 illustrations of aircraft. Arranged by manufacturer, Caoimh's detailed sketches are complimented by concise, often anecdotal descriptions of the aircraft depicted. The first illustration is of an Adams Aircraft Industries A-500; the last, a Zlin Z-526F. In between those two aircraft can be found nicely-done illustrations of Cessna Skyhawks, Fairchild Republic A-10s, Sikorsky MH-60G Pave Hawks, Gloster F-8s, Piper PA-31 Chieftains, English Electric Wrens, Boeing B-17s, Supermarine S-5s, Avro 701 Athenas, McDonnell Douglas F-15s, Guimbal Cabri G-2s, Yakovlev Yak-42s, Morane-Saulnier MS-230s, Fairchild C-82s, Loening OA-1As, Dornier Do-335s and so on. Tech specs for the aircraft depicted are given in a concluding section that runs to over 150 pages.

Some might quibble about aircraft missing from Caoimh's volume. Where, for instance, is the B-29, the Mitsubishi Zero and the B-36? And, truth be told, not every last illustration is 100% accurate. Caoimh's 'Skiptamaloo' P-51, for instance, looks bloated. But when you look at the totality of his work, such slips are miniscule.

Whiel there have been many photographic guides to aircraft, there have been precious few works similar to Caoimh's; small wonder given the incredible amount of work such an endeavor would take. AVIATION is truly a rara avis; a marvelously well-done illustrated guide to aircraft big and small, famous and less-well-known, military and civilian. Highly recommended.
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