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Fighter Aircraft Since 1945 (Paperback)

Aviation

By Frank Schwede
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Series: Fact File
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781473891296
Published: 13th November 2017

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The world's first jet engines were already available shortly before the end of the Second World War, but they had not been developed to a high enough standard to take part. This changed after 1945 when, on both sides of the Iron Curtain, one technological development surpassed the others and records tumbled almost every week. The era of the piston engine was finally over and jet fighters now dominated the skies. By the mid-1950s their speed had already reached double that of the speed of sound; an achievement which a few years earlier, would have sounded to many like science fiction.

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RAF News, February 9th 2018

This book provides technical data along with a brief history of the development of each fighter type and it’s variants which are all organised by the country/bloc of origin. There are fighter aircraft from America, Russia, China and Europe covered with each being accompanied by some fantastic images of those airframes. The selection of aircraft included in the book illustrates the shift from the quest for greater speeds and altitudes for the worlds air superiority fighters to the quest for stealth and technological advancement instead.

Kits and Bits Blog, Mark Dale

A nicely presented history of fighter development since 1945. The aircraft are presented by country and include concise text with excellent colour photographs. – highly recommended.

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About Frank Schwede

Frank Schwede has worked as a freelance journalist for several daily newspapers, including the 'Süddeutsche Zeitung' and the 'Münchner Abendzeitung', as well as numerous radio stations. His hobbies include collecting international police badges and model police vehicles.

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