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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Collins-Janes; 1st Edition edition (4 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007192924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007192922
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 12 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 967,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tony Holmes has written three volumes in the Jane's Recognition series, covering Military Aircraft, Fighters of World War 2 and Vintage Aircraft. An Australian based in England, he has been employed as an aviation author/editor since 1989. Tony Holmes has written 42 books and edited more than 200, almost all relating to aviation.

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Quite disappointed with this book. Its OK as a small reference book as the descriptions are reasonable.
Might be good to take in the car if you went to an airshow or museum & wanted more info about a particular plane perhaps.
The title of "recognition guide" is misleading as it has no diagrams of the planes and some photos leave plenty to the imagination !
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The book is a quick reference that covers almost 500 warplanes from first world war: a small and simple manual for "spotting" in museums or airshows.
This is clearly explained in Introduction by the author, Tony Holmes.
However is the aim of the book, but also its limit. It can be useful only at an airshow...
I can found interesting to read a "birdwatching book" while sitting in my armchair at home, but is not the case for this recognitions guide.

The pictures are interesting, but the format is small, like for a tourist guide.
Details and aircraft feauters are well done (is a Jane's book obiovusly!) but the description are not interesting.
Not so detailed to read while sitting at home, when you can access to more detailed books.
But too "encyclopedic" while you wandering in a museum or watching an airshow. In those contexts are more useuful some smart information like the rareness of an aircraft, like how many "specimens" are kept in museums and how many are in airworthy conditions? And no informations of this kind could be found in the book.
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Amazon.com: 4 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Janes Vintage Aircraft 5 Aug 2006
By Alexander W. Greig - Published on Amazon.com
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With 460+ aircraft this anthology is very comprehensive and will no doubt fulfil the need of someone who wants descriptions of the class of aircraft presented here.

The operative word here is "descriptions" and while this is invaluable in showing what the aircraft looks like and in listing the performance statistics, it does not, however provide the main thing I was hoping for. That is a three view drawing which could be enlarged by the purchaser of the book to assist in the making of models, static or flying, and in the creation of aircraft for use in the various flight simulator programmes.

For what it is, a compilation of aircraft photographs, it is an excellent buy. For what I was hoping for, it leaves a lot to be desired.
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good reference book 31 July 2007
By Don T. Hun - Published on Amazon.com
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I do like the photographs, the history, and descriptions. A good reference for aircraft when I need a picture to go along with prose. I found the guide difficult because the aircraft were organized by manufacturer. An index by name of the aircraft would have been helpful.
Jane's Reference Book 2 Dec 2013
By Keith Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a great pocket-size airplane reference book. Easy to view, great color photos and full of airplane and helicopter information..
Good book, worth of Tony Holmes 20 Sep 2011
By Enrique Bozzo - Published on Amazon.com
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This book and its inevitable companion "Military Aircraft" [which cas still fly] make very good and informative reading. Between them they cover all there is.
I didn't give it the 5 stars because in spite of very good photos it does not contain the all-important (to me) line drawings from side, above, front.
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