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British Fighter Aircraft in WWI (Hardback)

Design, Construction and Innovation

Aviation WWI Aviation in WWI

By Mark C Wilkins
Imprint: Casemate
Series: Casemate Illustrated Special
Pages: 192
Illustrations: 250 photos, profiles, and diagrams
ISBN: 9781612008813
Published: 15th April 2021

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World War I witnessed unprecedented growth and innovation in aircraft design, construction, and mass production. Each country generated its own innovations – Albatros Fokker, Pfalz, and Junkers in Germany and Nieuport, Spad, Sopwith and Bristol in France and Britain. This highly illustrated book focuses on the approach of the British who developed fighters in a very different way; Tommy Sopwith had a distinctive approach to fighter design that relied on lightly loaded wings and simple functional box-girder fuselages. His Camel was revolutionary as it combined all the weight well forward; enabling it turn very quickly – but also making it an unforgiving fighter for the inexperienced. The Royal Aircraft Factory’s SE5a represented another leap forward with its comfortable cockpit, modern instrumentation, and inline engine – clearly influenced by both Spads and German aircraft.

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About Mark C Wilkins

Mark C. Wilkins is an historian, writer, lecturer, and museum professional. He has been director & curator of both the Cape Cod Maritime Museum and The Atwood House Museum (Chatham Historical Society), and has worked for the Smithsonian Institution & Mystic Seaport. Mark is a published author of books and articles relating to maritime and aviation history. Mark is a contributor to Smithsonian’s Air & Space Magazine and Aviation History magazine. Mr. Wilkins has an A.L.M. in history from Harvard University, and is the historical consultant and producer of aerial effects for the Lafayette Escadrille Documentary Film.

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