Ever since man first took to the air, combat aircraft have been at the cutting edge of aviation technology, resulting in some of the greatest and most complex designs ever built. Military Aircraft features 52 of the most important military aircraft of the last hundred years. The book includes all the main types, from biplane fighters and carrier aircraft to tactical bombers, transport aircraft, multirole fighters, strategic strike aircraft and stealth bombers. Featured aircraft include: the Fokker Dr.1 triplane, the legendary fighter flown by German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron, during World War I; the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, Japans highly-manoeuvrable fighter that dominated air-to-air combat in the early part of the Pacific War; the tank-busting Il-2 Shturmovik, the most produced aircraft in World War II; the Harrier jump jet, a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fighter that has been service for more than 40 years; the B-2 Spirit bomber, an American precision strike aircraft used in recent conflicts in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan; and the F-22 Raptor, an air superiority fighter with state-of-the-art stealth technology that makes it almost invisible to radars. Each entry includes a brief description of the models development and history, a profile view, key features and specifications. Packed with more than 200 artworks and photographs, Military Aircraft is a colourful guide for the military aviation enthusiast.
Introduction World War I and World War II Fokker Dr.1 Sopwith Camel SPAD XIII Junkers Ju 87 Stuka Messerschmitt Bf 109 Hawker Hurricane Supermarine Spitfire Mk V Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Junkers Ju 88 Mitsubishi A6M Zero Douglas SBD-1 Dauntless North American B25 Mitchell Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Douglas C-47 Skytrain De Havilland Mosquito Ilyushin Il-2M3 Shturmovik Republic P47 Thunderbolt Avro Lancaster North American P-51 Mustang Yak-9 Grumman F6F Hellcat Me 262 B-29 Super Fortress Northrop P-61 Black Widow Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star Cold War and Modern Era North American F-86 Sabre MiG-17 Boeing B-52 Stratofortress Lockheed C-130 Hercules Avro Vulcan MiG-21 MD F-4 Phantom II Lockheed SR71 General Dynamics F-111 AV-8B Harrier II Lockheed C-5 Galaxy Tupolev Tu-22M Backfire Grumman F-14 Tomcat MD F-15E Eagle Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon Panavia Tornado GR.Mk 1 Dassault Mirage 2000H MiG-29 Fulcrum MD F/A-18 Hornet Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker/Su-34 Northrop B-2 Spirit Dassault Rafale Eurofighter Typhoon Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Index
Thomas Newdick is an aviation and defence writer and editor. He is author of The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide: Modern Military Airpower 1990-Present, The Worlds Greatest Military Aircraft and Technical Guide: Japanese Aircraft of World War II. He is the editor of Air Forces Monthly and a regular contributor to Combat Aircraft and Aircraft Illustrated magazines.