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United States Military Aircraft Since 1909 Hardcover – 16 Mar 1989

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  • Hardcover: 766 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam; 3rd edition (16 Mar. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085177816X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851778167
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 5.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,324,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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766 pages, illustrated throughout


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A good book both for specific reference and for a "good read" on US air force aircraft from before 1914 until the early service of the F-14/F-15 generation. I particularly appreciated the coverage of the relatively obscure late thirties aircraft ie before Lend-lease, such as the B-18, though naturally the aircraft manufactured purely for foreign customers (Martin Maryland) are not included, though various foreign types operated by the US on a local basis are described and illustrated.
Though apparently limited by it's date of publication this book still sets the standard to which others aspire and not always successfully.
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A previous owner had obviously tried to keep the volume up-to-date, by adding little notes and inserting odd three-views (pasting them in mostly), which was a bit annoying as I felt it detracted from what would have been a decent used bargain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on this subject 1 July 2011
By J. boyle - Published on Amazon.com
If you want to know about U.S. Army/Air Force aircraft, this is the only book you'll ever need.
That's a big statement, but in this case it's true. Originally published in 1962 and revised in 1972 and 1989, Swanborough and Peter M. Bowers, combined their knowledge (and photo collections) to produce a epic book.
Simply, it gives a history of every aircraft type operated by the US Army and Air Force. In addition to outlining the development of the aircraft, it gives some operational details (the authors purposely omitted a list of every unit that operated the type to keep the book a reasonable size) along with photos, excellent three-view drawings and a list of serial numbers.
Also included is a bief history of American military aviation, a review of colors and markings, and something not often seen, a complete list of designations which will tell you what unproduced types were (example: the F-103 a a Delta-wing mach 3 interceptor project) but not illustrate them.
Sadly, both Swanborough and Bowers have passed away. I'd love to see a new revised edition of this book.
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