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Complete Book of World War II Combat Aircraft by Peirluigi Pinto Enzo Angelucci
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 14.5" Width: 10.6" Height: 1.4" Weight: 6.55 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2007
Publisher White Star Publishing
ISBN 885400829X ISBN13 9788854008298
Reviews - What do customers think about Complete Book of World War II Combat Aircraft?
A decent reference book Mar 28, 2008
Although a few entries are missing, I did enjoy the way the book is organized and presented. Single- and Page-and-a-half color plates are well done and plentiful which is very nice in a book that size. Text entries remain a bit short and need some re-editing, although they do give the essential information. I wasn't disappointed with the purchase, and the book does a good job complementing my collection of other historical books on the subject matter.
Excellent resource Feb 26, 2006
Excellent listing of combat aircraft with stats and descriptions. Handy (despite size) source for quick reference.
Take another look Jun 7, 2001
The book is a compilation of WWII COMBAT Aircraft. As such, the comments in the other review about the book missing the C-47, PBY, German Fokker Trimotor and Donier Trainer is not fair. These were not primarilty COMBAT aircraft, but more of a transport or training role. The Airacobra and Kingcobra, reportedly missing, are on pages 276 and 277, both with color plates. I don't believe the book deserves the bad press of the other review. I find the book holds plenty of useful information, including production numbers for the numerous variants. The color plates and photos are great. It is hard to get everything into one text, but I think it is worth the money.
Almost The Complete Book of WW II Aircraft Jan 1, 2001
As an aviation buff, I love coming across books such as this. I received my copy as a Christmas gift. The two-page color plates of each aircraft described are excellent. The accompanying synopsis of their history are enlightening. However...the title and dust jacket write-up declare this to be an exhaustive treatise on WW II aircraft. After a short while, I found glaring omissions which counter this book's claim of detailing "all the combat aircraft, both Allied and Axis, that took part in the conflict." For the Allies, I discovered the absence of the Air Cobra, the King Cobra, the Kingfisher,the Consolidated PBY Catalina, the C-46, and the venerable C-47. On the Axis side, I found no mention of the German Fokker tri-motor transport, nor the tandem seat, tandem twin-engine, Dornier trainer/fighter. Though, admittedly, listing and discussing all aircraft of this conflict is an undertaking frought with potential for omissions, claiming you indeed have achieved it when you haven't is a bit boastful if not very misleading. The brief list above was created in a very short time by simply recalling aircraft from memory and verifying that they were not present in the book. All the above aircraft were all noteworthy in some respect in this conflict. Their omission, therefore, is a bit of a concern. Also, the translation from Italian to English is a bit rough. Perhaps, the translator was not very well acquainted with the subject matter.