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British Fighter Aircraft in WWI

Design, Construction and Innovation by Wilkins, Mark C. Code: 60486 Format: Hardback / 192 pages Publication date: 15/05/2021 Availability: Future Publication. Pre-order now. Due date: May 2021 Price: AU $59.95

Fully illustrated account of how British aircraft manufacturers vied to create the best fighter to counter German technology during World War I. World War I witnessed unprecedented growth and innovation in aircraft design, construction, and as the war progressed - mass production. Each country generated its own innovations sometimes in surprising ways - Albatros Fokker, Pfalz, and Junkers in Germany and Nieuport, Spad, Sopwith and Bristol in France and Britain. This book focuses on the British approach to fighter design, construction, and mass production. Initially the French led the way in Allied fighter development with their Bleriot trainers then nimble Nieuport Scouts - culminating with the powerful, fast gun platforms as exemplified by the Spads. The Spads had a major drawback however, in that they were difficult and counter-intuitive to fix in the field. The British developed fighters in a very different way; Tommy Sopwith had a distinctive approach to fighter design that relied on lightly loaded wings and simple functional box-girder fuselages. His Camel was revolutionary as it combined all the weight well forward; enabling the Camel to turn very quickly - but also making it an unforgiving fighter for the inexperienced. The British Aircraft Companys SE5a represented another leap forward with its comfortable cockpit, modern instrumentation, and inline engine - clearly influenced by both Spads and German aircraft. Each manufacturer and design team vied for the upper hand and deftly and quickly appropriated good ideas from other companies - be they friend or foe. Developments in tactics and deployment also influenced design - from the early reconnaissance planes, to turn fighters, finally planes that relied upon formation tactics, speed, and firepower. Advances were so great that the postwar industry seemed bland by comparison. AUTHOR: Mark Wilkins is an historian, writer, and museum professional. He is the current Curator of Maritime History at the Calvert Marine Museum. He has been director & curator of both the Cape Cod Maritime Museum and The Atwood House Museum (Chatham Historical Society), and has worked for the Smithsonian & Mystic Seaport. He is a published author of books and articles relating to maritime and aviation history. Mark has a masters degree in history from Harvard University, and is currently working on several books relating to WWI aviation. He is adjunct faculty, history department, at St. Marys College of Maryland. 250 photographs, profiles and diagrams

Format: Hardback
Pages: 192
Illustration: B&W THROUGHOUT
Availability: Future Publication. Pre-order now. Due date: May 2021
Publisher: CASEMATE BOOKS
Publication date: 15/05/2021
Country of publication: UNITED STATES
Weight: 0 g
Dimensions: 254.00mm X 203.00mm
Code: 60486

Mark Wilkins is an historian, writer, and museum professional. He is the current Curator of Maritime History at the Calvert Marine Museum. He has been director & curator of both the Cape Cod Maritime Museum and The Atwood House Museum (Chatham Historical Society), and has worked for the Smithsonian & Mystic Seaport. Mark has a masters degree in history from Harvard University and he is adjunct faculty, history department, at St. Marys College of Maryland.