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Good for basics
on 19 January 2005
This is first ever Jane's recognition book I own myself. I have been keen on aviation since I was a kid, and read my aircraft recognition knowledge from many different books and other sources. Now, I have found that new version of Jane's recognition book has been very handy. I can take it with me where ever I go and when I am hesitating on plane types, I just see this book. It does not give absolute knowledge of all details between all variants and models, but covers well enough all necessary flying vehicles. Now I work for KFOR and there has been even more use for the book, it covers military aircraft very well and so far I haven't found a single aircraft that has not been in the book. In most cases, it even has enough details to recognise small details between, for example, military helicopters, which are here very common, and differences between civil and military versions.
Only thing I miss, is to have a better glossary and possibility to find aircraft types quickly by sorting them by amount of engines, props etc.
This book is excellent for basics, but if you wish to be able to recognise all variants of some model, then I recommend something else. I doubt if there is any book that would give perfect data for spotting every variant of every model, that book would just be too heavy to take anywhere!