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Coffee-Table Book of Great Aircraft! 23 Mar. 2014
By Michael OConnor - Published on
Format: Hardcover
There have been a number of 'World's Greatest Aircraft' books published over the years. Mark Phelps' FLIGHT, 100 GREATEST AIRCRAFT is the latest entry in the field. A 2013 Weldon Owen release, it's a 240-page photo-guide to iconic aircraft of the past century.

Originally developed online by the staff of FLYING magazine, the material was tweaked with some wonderful color photographs, expanded a/c descriptions, etc, The aircraft are presented in random order. Many of the 'usual suspects' are featured - the Wright Flyer, DC-3, P-51, Beechcraft Bonanza, Ju-52, B-17, Spitfire, Piper Cub, Sopwith Camel, BAe Harrier, Lockheed Constellation, B-24, PT-17, F-86, Yak-9, Fokker Triplane, Aeronca Champ, Learjet, Bell X-1, Pilatus PC-12, Me 262, Spirit of St. Louis, F-15, C-130, AT-6, Mitsubishi Zero, MiG-15, Beechcraft Staggerwing, Dassault Falcon, Gossamer Albatross, An-225 Mriya, De Havilland Beaver and JN-4 Jenny along with such types as the Diamond DA40 and Piaggio Avanati. Curiously, the book also includes the Robinson R22, AH-64 Apache, General Atomics Predator Drone, Space Shuttle and the Hindenburg; all of which kind of stretch the definition of "aircraft!"

Most of the birds get a two-page spread with a concise write-up and one-three pix, most of which are in color. Two-page overviews on 'Aircraft Basics,' 'Engine Innovations,' 'Heroes of Aviation,' etc. are interspersed throughout the book. The final section of FLIGHT, 100 GREATEST AIRCRAFT is given over to a 22-page 'Specifications' section.

As coffee table books go, Phelps' book is certainly a winner, filled with aviation eye-candy images guaranteed to please aviation enthusiasts of all ages. Recommended.
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Beautiful photography 28 Jan. 2014
By Bill Madden - Published on
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The photography is wonderful and worth the price of the book. I just wish the written discussions held more information.
Beautiful 3 Jun. 2014
By Michael T. McNamara - Published on
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Like every airplane ever made this is a lovely, lovely tribute.
One may disagree with some of the choices but not with the exquisite way the choices are presented.
My only quible is that this otherwise superb book lacks a data page stating basic things like date and place of publication and most important to me, a collector, whether it is a first edition.
This may mean nothing to most folks, like to magazine readers, and the editors of this book work for Flying Magazine. But it is important to me.
As much as I love airplanes, I also love books. I am surprised Flying's editors, apparently do not share that love.
That is my quible. I would love to have a discussion with them about their choices. There are a number of important aircraft missing from this list.
But the book is a thing of beauty. I am so glad to have it in my library.
Great book! But having shot the cover photo, I am biased. 23 May 2014
By Steve Skinner - Published on
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The owner of the Lockheed Electra Jr. featured on the cover had contacted me for more information about the picture, and at the time I didn't even know it had been licensed for use in the book.

I'm a aviation buff, and love photographing aircraft whenever I get the chance. This book a great addition to any coffee table and I agree with most of their selections. There is some really great photography in this book and nice writeups for each one, even though in some cases the information can seem a bit brief, especially for iconic aircraft like the P-51 Mustang.

Overall it's well worth the money and would make a great gift to any aviation lover.
Very nice, large coffee table illustrated book showcasing 16 July 2014
By Michigan Reviewer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Very nice, large coffee table illustrated book showcasing, as the title says, what the author considers to be the 100 greatest aircraft, not necessarily airplanes, ever built. Beautiful color photos. Nice, concise overviews of the planes featured, too. From balloons, the Wright brothers and all the way up to the present day. For a guy like me, who loves planes but doesn't have the financial wherewithal to be participate in aviation, this book is stupendous. I am sure for those who are fortunate enough to take to the skies this book would also be illuminating. Well worth your time. Great book.
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