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David Mondey’s list of credits is most impressive. He is an internationally recognised air historian, has over 20 books published and contributes to significantly important works. In this book he concentrates on all US aircraft from WW2 and, in so doing, has provided a first class guide.

As with his similar works on the aeroplanes of other countries, the aircraft in this tome are set out in alphabetical order by make. Each specific aircraft then commences with a text headed “History and Notes” in which all the relevant background and history is covered and the numerous variations of different aircraft explained. To these are added line drawings showing front, top and side elevations, numerous artistic impressions and the occasional photograph. In several instances we are also treated to an artist's impression showing variations of aircraft type and livery.

There are a number of what are probably long-forgotten aircraft included here - such as the Allied LRA-1 which was a glider designed to assault-land 10 troops on either land or sea all alongside the more famous names with which we are familiar.

In my own work I frequently find myself researching either sunken aircraft or those involved with the loss of a particular ship and this book gives me all the historical and technical details I need before pursuing a specific aircraft.

An excellent publication.

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An excellent book from David Mondey in the series that covers Axis and British aircraft of WW2 in addition to the American aircraft covered by this volume . As with all of this series it has been in publication with more than one publisher , mine is a Temple Press Aerospace edition , other editions appear to have been produced over the years by Chancellor Press and Hamlyn Publications , which suggests that this remains a popular series . Well-research , well-written and well-illustrated with both photographs and side-elevation colour drawings this is an excellent book for both those with an interest in aviation history and scale model building . A really reliable concise reference source . I must reproduce the captured B-17F in Luftwaffe test colours on page thirty-four !!!
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on 9 July 2005
My grandfather gave me a battered copy of this book at least 15 years ago and it's a great primer on the subject. it's not very in-depth, though there's enough information on each aircraft to get a good idea of how its variants (if there were any) differed, and a brief look at operational use. Lovely illustrations really bring out the detail of the aircraft. A must-own book for those with a general interest in WW2 aviation- and a great starting point for further study. it might not be as detailed as the books on single aircraft, but if it was built by the US and managed to get airborne diring the war, then you'll find it in this book. Sadly my old copy has been attacked by mould, so I need another copy- I was very pleasantly surprised to find it back in print.
The accompanying "British" and "Axis" books are just as good, and equally recommended.
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on 23 July 2009
There is something comforting about these Hamlyn books. The whole series, composing of American, Axis and British aircraft leave nothing out. From famous fighters to radio controlled target drones, every aspect of every aircraft is covered in as much detail as anyone could want.

I think I had my first copy when I was about 13, and now my son has got the bug, I felt compelled to buy them for him also. The illustrations are rich, showing the evolution of each particular aircraft.

Can't reccomend highly enough
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on 17 February 2016
My son bought this as he is at the age of liking planes, second hand but great quality and information is quite relevant
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on 8 July 2014
A welcome addition to any aviation enthusiast's collection with excellent photographs, diagram and text.
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on 2 December 2009
This is the first volume of World War II aircraft I purchased and i found it very readable and quite comprehensive with a good level of illustrations. both colour and black and white. The information on each individual type covered was good as was the overall layout of the book.
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on 7 October 2014
Excellent in every way
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on 23 December 2010
An overview of American aircaft which contributed significantly to WW2. A very good introduction to the subject. To other than the aficionado, this may well be a sufficient reference. Pity about the quality of the paper.
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on 18 May 2015
Good value & service
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