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Fighters Between The Wars 1919-39

Fighters Between The Wars 1919-39

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{detailed description}The twenty years spanned by this small volume saw advances in almost every aspect of military aviation. The war of 1914-18 had transformed aviation from the sport of the few into a recognised military force with an established industry behind it.
The much-reduced budgets for peacetime air forces dictated a cautious approach to innovation; yet in these two decades aeroplane design underwent one of the biggest transformations in its history. Rotary engines were discarded in favour of their more efficient radial and in-line counterparts ; metal gradually replaced wood and fabric as the principal structural material, bringing smooth-skinned machines with semimonocoque bodies; and the monoplane, first ushered in by Blériot in the first decade of the century, at last came into its own. The speeds and the armament of military aeroplanes likewise increased in proportion.
Twenty of the most eventful—and colourful—years in the history of military aircraft are represented in this volume by 8o fighters, attack and training aircraft. They range from twin-gunned, rotary-engined fighters like the Sopwith Snipe to such sleek monoplanes as the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and the eight-gunned Hawker Hurricane, and are presented in the colours of many of the world's air forces, both large and small.
{Author / Publisher / Date}by Kenneth Munson
published by Blandford Blandford 1st edn 1970 Well illustrated with 3 view colour drawings, index. 12x19
{condition}small inscription to front endpaper, otherwise very good, slight foxing to d/j
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