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Warplanes of the World 1918-1939

Warplanes of the World 1918-1939

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{detailed description}It is natural for the uninformed aviation observer to see the interwar years as dull and uneventful — merely a lull between two periods of intense excitement and development. However, as Warplanes of the World 1918-1939 shows, this was far from the case. There was a constant need for military aircraft all over the world during this politically unstable period and new methods of combat were needed and developed from Afghanistan to the civil war in Spain.
Technically, as well, the period 1918-1939 was far from stagnant. Indeed, it should be remembered that many important changes in structure and configuration took place during these decades — the manufacturing material of many military aircraft changed from wood to metal, cockpits became enclosed, undercarriages became retractable. By the time that World War 2 started the appearance and performance of military aircraft differed radically from that of the World War 1 machines — and it is worth remembering that the world's first jet aircraft, the Heinkel He178, flew in this period.
Another innovation which was to have far-reaching effects was the introduction of the aircraft carrier. Great Britain commissioned the first carriers with a flush deck and the first off-set island structure — HMS Argus and HMS Eagle — and in September 1922 the Americans launched their first carrier — the USS Langley. The Japanese followed suit with Hoshe in December of the same year. Ironically it was the British who taught the Japanese torpedo bombing — the lessons were put to practical use in 1942 at the battles of Midway and the Coral Sea.
Warplanes of the World 1918-1939 is part of Ian Allan's comprehensive reference book coverage of military aircraft from 1914 to the present day and provides an important link in the chain of aircraft development. It was the interwar years — years of testing and change — which shaped the form of the air forces of the combatant nations in 1939 and any student of aviation history should study these years in detail. Warplanes of the World 19181939 makes this possible and provides a lucid, compact and authoritative reference book.
{Author / Publisher / Date}by Michael J. H. Taylor
published by Ian Allan 1981 1st edn. 192pp profusely illustrated, index. 15x22
{condition}lengthy inscription to front free endpaper, otherwise fine, in price clipped and slightly edge worn d/j
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