This title featuring photographs from the Imperial War Museum. It is a guide to over 100 of the fighters that have helped shape history, including the Fokker Dr. I Triplane, the Hawker Hurricane, the Messerschmitt Bf109, the North American P/F-51 Mustang and the Supermarine Spitfire. It features detailed specification boxes for every aircraft listed, with information about country of origin, first flight, power, armament, size, weights and performance. It includes a history of fighter aircraft, from anecdotes about the first flying aces to fighter armament and equipment during World War II. Since World War I, fighter planes have played a crucial role in history: they have won wars, prevented wars and defended nations from aggressors. This book is a fully illustrated guide to over 100 of these history-making aeroplanes. It contains an A-Z guide to fighters of the two World Wars, and is brimming with information and often rare photographs of classic fighter aircraft, including the Fokker Triplane, the Bristol Fighter, the Spitfire and the P-51 Mustang. With many previously unpublished photographs from the Imperial War Museum Photograph Archive, the book is a must-have reference volume for everyone interested in these aircraft.
Francis Crosby worked at the Imperial War Museum's branch at Duxford for many years, and then established a marketing and business development consultancy. He has written extensively on historic aviation.