- Mass Market Paperback: 174 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (2 Nov. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014103033X
- ISBN-13: 978-0141030333
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.2 x 18.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 800,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Aircraft Recognition - A Penguin Special - Illustrated With Official Silhouettes and Photographs Mass Market Paperback – 2 Nov 2006
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About the Author
R.A. Saville-Sneath was born in 1895 and served in the First World War as R.E. "Signals" motor-cyclist dispatch rider. He later became chairman of companies concerned with aircraft equipment and international patent development, keeping him in close touch with the trend of aircraft design after the war. In July 1938 he was appointed Head Observer at a local post of the Observer Corps. He gave many lectures on aircraft recognition and contributed articles on the subject to various newspapers and journals. He is also the author of British Aircraft (two volumes), Aircraft of the United States (two volumes) and Britain's Airpower. He died in 1989.
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Top Customer Reviews
It's 176 pages of reviews on great aircraft, ranging from the crude but cool Brewster Buffalo to the sleek and streamlined Supermarine Spitfire.
It's a feast of facts for any aeroplane enthusiast, with all the information you could possibly want to digest.
It includes brilliant copyrighted silhouettes of each plane, and includes all the dimensions.
It even includes 16 glossy pages covered in black-and-white photos, which you can feast your eyes on!
This book, then, is a snack of superlatives for anyone who likes planes, and wants to read about them. It's a good book for youngsters who like planes, too, and want to learn more about them.
You'll learn something new about every plane, guaranteed.
The only flaw I can see with this book, is the author - R A Saville-Sneath - is a bit too involved, if you like, with his plane choices. He tends to write about them in such depth that sometimes it's a bit confusing to read.
And to add insult to injury, the small, badly printed Times New Roman font in this book can get a bit tedious, to say the least.
But that's just the nitty gritty.
Overall, this book is a fascinating read and makes great reading sense for all ages.
Contemporary accounts and instructional books are incredibly useful in getting a feel for a time and place - always remembering that contemporary documents would have been subject to "need to know" and censorship (viz. the attribution of parachute mine blasts and later V2 strikes to "gas explosions"
Altogether an incredibly useful document for those of us with no first hand experience of the time (not that I'm sorry for that.....)
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