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VINE VOICEon 1 June 2011
The book: what you notice first are the colour side views of 174 aircraft types (and a few observation balloons and zeppelins), plus quite a few of the same type in different schemes. Each image is accompanied by a small box (think top trump cards!) with specifications. They're arranged partly in chronological order, partly to go with the chapter they illustrate - and these chapters deal with early days, start of combat, bombing, maritime aviation, plus separate treatments of the Eastern front, the Middle East, and the Italian front. These are full of interesting notes on tactics and strategy, comparisons between the various aircraft types, weaponry, technology, statistics. Occasionally there are plates with multiple very small 'plane profiles to show the various markings within a squadron or Jasta, down to wheelcover colours.

My opnion: the best overview I have come across. There are a few shortcomings, but they don't detract (well, not much) from the fact that this is the best book on the subject I have seen. Not all types are illustrated (I would have loved a picture of the Giant bomber, or of R-planes); you only get a side view, so for modellers it is of limited use - though you do get multiple schemes for some of the more famous types. To have so much coverage (174 types, I repeat!) of the rapidly evolving aircraft of these five years is great. But for individual types (and those all-important top views) I still will go back to my Aircraft Profiles, dating back to the 60s and 70s. As an overview, for a reasonable price, and most importantly, available version, this book is still excellent value for money.
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on 12 January 2011
This is a beautiful,colourful and informative guide to the most important aircraft of the Great War.Over 250 colour profiles and specifications fill the 192 pages.It covers all the major theatres of the conflict,including the Middle East,the Eastern Front ,the Italian Front and others.Some fascinating photographs add a human touch.The colour profiles,however steal the show displaying the psychadelic flambouyance of these early colour schemes.Some of these aircraft are so bizzare-looking like the Caproni Ca4,or the Viosin 8 and 10 that I would love to have seen them in the air.This book is great value also.The only things I would like to have seen are 1/72 scale top-down views as all the profiles are side-on.I did notice a strut missing on the Albatros Dva,but thats my modeller's eye for detail.Overall a superbly researched and entertaining pece of work.
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on 19 June 2015
This is a very well written little book and well illustrated with excellent side drawings. It is not detailed. One could not expect that in a book of this size. However it is a very useful introduction and guide to the subject. A few more photos would be welcome but even so this book is very good value. Incidentally it is the only one of its type I could find.
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on 25 May 2016
A good quick overview of the aircrafts of WW1, not the most in - depth book you can get. But nice, good pictures and illustrations. A good teaser-book.
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on 15 March 2018
love it
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on 1 February 2018
This is an excellent and comprehensive guide covering all aircraft used operationally by all of the major participants of WW1 Highly informative and a must for air historians and modellers
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on 5 April 2016
This is a brilliant book, and a good start to my library.
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on 20 March 2016
A really excellent book with some superb illustrations. The text is concise but informative, and the number of aircraft covered seems comprehensive. An excellent text for the modeller and the wargamer.
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on 9 October 2015
Fabulous resource, very helpful for writing my own books.
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on 23 September 2015
Book arrived on time. This is a book I'm glad to have on my history book shelf.
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