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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Jane's has provided standard refernce books for many years, but this volume is different from most - it goes back to the originals, mainly the 1919 published version (the books come out every year, and still do) with additional entries from the 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917 and 1918 volumes. So this is not a source book with every detail a historian or modeller might want; it is a book of great historical interest, though, with many b/w images (often of rather poor quality) , scale drawings of widely different quality, and endless specifications - including, say, the surface area of each aileron, the USA naval air expenditure in 1917 or the weight per horsepower of the Gabardini biplane. The book is arranged by combatant (or non-combatant, as it includes such air forces as the Peruvian and Siamese; a short note tells us that "Nicaragua and S. Domingo have both purchased one or two aeroplnaes for their military forces; but nothing seems to have been done with them.") and for each gives a short history of 'aeronautics', organization, command structure 9and pilots for smaller forces), aerodromes, flying schols, industry in this field... and the 'planes themselves, varying from terse notes to whole pages with multiple illustrations for a single model. The final section deals with engines.
A limited goldmine! For more info on the subject in a more recent treatment, I would go for the excellent Aircraft of WWI: 1914 - 1918 (Essential Aircraft Identification Guide) by Jack Herris Aircraft of WWI: 1914 - 1918 (Essential Aircraft Identification Guide)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Originally the byword for information about ships, `Jane's' has also become the very embodiment for detail in respect of most forms of transport - especially that which was used during the major conflicts of the 20th Century.

Divided into two very large parts; Part A - Aircraft and Part B - Aero Engines, this is an exhaustive study of the aircraft of all nations involved in the 1914-1918 conflict. Countries are listed almost alphabetically (Britain is listed after China. The Commonwealth countries of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India and South Africa appear immediately after Britain - and these are followed by a brief entry for Bulgaria followed by Denmark!). Within each country's listing, all aircraft then appear in strict alphabetical order by manufacturer. The work commences, however, with an interesting preface and an equally illuminating introduction entitled `Aircraft in the War' from which we learn of Balloon-Aprons, early seaplanes, HMS' Argos and Furious and much more besides.

To give an example of content, at one end of the scale, countries such as Chile and China are afforded a half page of information with the Argentine filling a whole page - albeit with four historic photographs. At the other end, Britain gets 67 pages, France (26), Germany (70), USA (30) - all of which reflects the numbers of different aircraft in service at that time. Each section provides an explanation of the country's political and military aviation circumstances, separate information for naval aviation where it existed, the aviation industry and other pertinent details before tackling each aircraft individually and includes all the technical details. The whole product is fully supported with B&W images of most aircraft throughout.

An excellent reference source, the reader may easily become absorbed with the details of many extraordinary and hitherto unknown aircraft and the way in which they were, for example, folded for transport by ship or catapulted from above the big guns of the capital ships of the day.

With 254 pages of aircraft detail, photographs (often 4 to a page) plans and line drawings, this is an exceptionally detailed work and one which is likely to answer most questions about any aircraft of the time. There then follows a further 65 pages of equally detailed information about the relevant engines and engine parts with the images looking as though they were lifted from the sales literature of the day.

Whereas there will be those who may concentrate on whatever minor or insignificant errors which may (or may not!) have crept into this work, such anomalies must be set against the enormity of the information provided by the entire product. Little wonder most people have come to regard this series of books (including ships, aircraft and other forms of transport) as high quality material deserving of the best possible assessment.

NM
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2014
Excellent coverage of the WW1 fighting aircraft which I bought for my husband, who is really into Jane's. For me, it was the range of aircraft that was covered that I found riveting. A must for anyone interested in the evolution of the aeroplane.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2014
Huge, comprehensive and worth every penny.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2013
We found this an amazing book, full of information and history of these remarkable planes. It's perhaps not the easiest book if you only want to identify planes and we agree with the first reviewer on the merits of the Jack Herris book for that purpose. This Jane's guide is still a wonderful book to read or browse through providing much detail on the background and development of aircraft during this period.
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on 15 December 2014
All the planes but little information. Perhaps a reference only book but even at that its difficult to see tis value
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on 21 July 2015
Excellent standard reference book and very good value. Good service.
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on 18 August 2015
Excellent book as you would ecpect from Janes
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on 29 August 2014
Jane's guides will not let you down!
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on 11 November 2014
very go0d
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