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Features 52 of the greatest fighters, bombers, interceptors and transport planes, from WWI's Fokker Dr. 1 Triplane to the Stealth capabilities of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor - packed with full statistics and over 200 illustrations and photographs.

9" x 11 3/4", 224pp

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A comprehensive and colorful enthusiast's guide spanning a century of flight …

Well before the Wright brothers achieved the first controlled, mechanically powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight in 1903, military theorists were speculating on the potentially revolutionary effect that 'air ships' would have on the art of warfare.

World War I introduced aerial warfare on a large scale and marked the start of a still ongoing race to create ever more agile, powerful, and deadly aircraft, a competition that became the central feature of modern war and produced a century of technological marvels, design masterpieces, and awe-inspiring fighting machines.

Now, Easton Press is proud to present the illustrated guide to the preeminent war planes of aviation's first century: THE WORLD'S GREATEST MILITARY AIRCRAFT, a magnificent Collector Edition bound in leather and accented with 22kt gold.

Fifty-two quintessential war planes.

From the Fokker Dr1 triplane of Manfred von Richthofen (aka “The Red Baron”) to 2015's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive and sophisticated weapon in history, THE WORLD'S GREATEST MILITARY AIRCRAFT examines fifty-two exemplary planes that represent the astonishing first century of mechanized air warfare.

Here are aircraft that saw little service but forever changed history, such as Nazi Germany's Messerschmitt Me 262, the world's first jet fighter, as well as planes that defined conflicts and indeed, entire eras, including the icon of the RAF's victory in the Battle of Britain, the Supermarine Spitfire, and the Boeing B-52 jet bomber, chilling symbol of the Cold War and still in service after sixty years.

Mitsubishi A6M Zero … MIG-17 ... Northrop B-2 'Stealth' bomber …. These and dozens of other pivotal planes are profiled in entries that cover the aircraft's development and service history and essential specifications about dimensions, performance, and armaments.

And each aircraft is illustrated with detailed full-color artwork created specifically for this volume, which also includes gorgeous photographs – altogether over 200 images that capture the special characteristics and important markings of these classic aircraft.

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