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Aircraft: books - history and technology

A book on aviation? Explore here our selection of general illustrated books on the history, models and technology of aircraft.

Flight - The Complete History of Aviation

From the Wright brothers' first powered flight, to Concorde's final voyage and the tragic crash of the Columbia, Flight takes you on a sky-high journey through the history of aviation.
Charting the trailblazers, jet test pilots and constant progress at the cutting-edge of technology, every aspect of flight is explored in this stunning book. Recalling memorable events - record-breaking flights, aerial warfare and hijackings - Flight is the story of how man's dream to fly became a reality.

This new compact edition features incredible photography and breathtaking stats; the perfect bookshelf addition for everyone interested in how we took to the skies.

Author:Reg Grant
Specs:452 pages, 26.5 x 22.5 x 3.5 cm / 10.4 x 8.9 x 1.38 in, hardback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Dorling Kindersley Ltd (GB, 2017)
EAN:9780241298039
Book: Flight - The Complete History of Aviation

Flight - The Complete History of Aviation

Language: English

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Histoire de l'aviation

L'aventure aérienne civile, militaire et spatiale depuis ses origines jusqu'à nos jours :
- Pour chaque appareil sont données des caractéristiques techniques détaillées.
- 600 pages d'exploits, de passions et d'inventions techniques.
- L'épopée de l'aéronautique depuis l'âge des ballons jusqu'aux avions furtifs.
- Blériot, Mermoz, Lindbergh, Gagarine, Armstrong... : les performances humaines et les records des plus grands aviateurs et astronautes.
- Les grandes nations à la conquête du ciel puis de l'espace : une lutte économique et technologique.

Plus d'un millier d'appareils civils et militaires décrits et illustrés.

Author:Bernard Marck
Specs:618 pages, 29 x 25.5 x 4.8 cm / 11.4 x 10 x 1.89 in, hardback, in cassette
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Editions Arthaud (F, 2012)
EAN:9782081280106
Book: Histoire de l'aviation

Histoire de l'aviation

Language: French

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The Aircraft Book - The Definitive Visual History

The Aircraft Book is all about the men, machines, and landmark technology behind the most iconic aircraft from the Supermarine Spitfire to the Concorde. Featuring over 1,000 of the greatest military and commercial aircraft in the world, this is an amazing visual guide tracing their evolution over the past 10 decades.

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A captivating, international view of aircraft through time from Germany's Zeppelins to the USA's "Blackbird" with histories of how famous marques like Boeing and Lockheed came to be household names. Plus, go on a virtual tour inside the engines of some of the legendary planes to see just what powers their performance.

The Aircraft Book is essential for aviation buffs, covering the enduring impact that aircraft has on society as an object of curiosity, a symbol of luxury, and an essential weapon of war.

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Author:Philip Whiteman
Specs:320 pages, 31 x 25.5 x 2.8 cm / 12.2 x 10 x 1.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Dorling Kindersley Ltd (GB, 2013)
EAN:9781409364801
Book: The Aircraft Book - The Definitive Visual History

The Aircraft Book - The Definitive Visual History

Language: English

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800 avions de légende

Des premières machines volantes aux aéronefs les plus sophistiqués, découvrez l'histoire fascinante de l'aviation. Partagez les aventures de créateurs de génie, vibrez aux exploits des pilotes les plus audacieux et revivez les grandes heures de l'aventure aéronautique.
Grâce à plus de mille superbes photos, admirez dans le détail 800 avions emblématiques, des gros porteurs commerciaux aux jets privés e luxe, en passant par les appareils militaires les plus performants.

Edition française du magnifique livre anglais "The Aircraft Book - The Definitive Visual History" de Dorling Kindersley.

Specs:320 pages, 31 x 26 x 2.8 cm / 12.2 x 10.25 x 1.1 in, paperback
Illustrations:1000+ colour photographs
Publisher:Editions Larousse (F, 2020)
EAN:9782035993427
Book: 800 avions de légende

800 avions de légende

Language: French

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Airlife's World Aircraft - The Complete Reference to Civil, Military and Light Aircraft

"Airlife's World Aircraft" is a colour-illustrated reference to civil, military and private aircraft that are currently flying operationally. It includes over 1,000 entries, with more than 1,300 colour photographs, giving details of specification, history, powerplants, dimensions and performance.
Here, in this single volume, you will find everything from flying warbirds to stealth bombers, ultralights to wide-bodied heavies, in fact just about all the aircraft types that can be seen flying anywhere in the world.

Author:Rod Simpson
Specs:640 pages, 29.5 x 21 x 3.9 cm / 11.6 x 8.25 x 1.54 in, hardback
Illustrations:1305 colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2001)
EAN:9781840371154
Book: Airlife's World Aircraft - The Complete Reference to Civil, Military and Light Aircraft

Airlife's World Aircraft - The Complete Reference to Civil, Military and Light Aircraft

Language: English

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DMAX Superflugzeuge weltweit

In der Welt der Fliegerei gab es schon immer einprägsame Superlative: Die grössten und schnellsten Flugzeuge, die mit der grössten Nutzlast oder Dienstgipfelhöhe, die am häufigsten gebauten sowie die eigenwilligsten Entwürfe.
Wolfgang Borgmann bietet dem Leser einen spannenden Überblick aus den genannten Kategorien.

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In fundierten und doch leicht lesbaren Texten samt Bildern und Leistungsdaten werden Flugzeuge wie die Lockheed SR-71 (die schnellsten und höchsten), Maschinen wie die Lockheed C-5 Galaxy (die grössten), die Cessna 172 (die am meisten gebaute) oder die futuristisch anmutende Testplattform Grumman X-29 vorgestellt.

Author:Wolfgang Borgmann
Specs:224 pages, 30.5 x 23 cm / 12 x 9.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:240 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2019)
EAN:9783613042308
Book: DMAX Superflugzeuge weltweit

DMAX Superflugzeuge weltweit

Language: German

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Die stärksten Flugzeuge der Welt

Frachtflugzeuge strahlen in der Fliegerei eine ganz eigene Faszination aus. Die gigantischen Maschinen bekommt man nämlich nicht unbedingt jeden Tag oder an jedem beliebigen Flughafen zu sehen.
Die grösseren unter ihnen können unglaubliche und sperrige Lasten über enorme Distanzen transportieren - von leichten Fahrzeugen über schwere Panzer bis hin zu ganzen Kampfhubschraubern. Ihre zivilen Pendants tragen auch schon mal ein Space Shuttle auf dem Rücken oder schlucken ganze Flugzeugteile, um diese zu Fabriken am andern Ende der Welt zu transportieren.

Dieser Band von Horst W. Laumanns brilliert durch spektakuläre Aufnahmen und spannende Einblicke.

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Author:Horst W. Laumanns
Specs:192 pages, 24 x 30.5 cm / 9 x 12 in, hardback
Illustrations:180 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2017)
EAN:9783613040236
Book: Die stärksten Flugzeuge der Welt

Die stärksten Flugzeuge der Welt

Language: German

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Die schnellsten Flugzeuge der Welt - seit 1945

Wenn es um die schnellsten Flugzeuge der Welt geht, wartet die Luftfahrt mit faszinierenden Superlativen auf. Man denke nur an den Mach 3 schnellen US-Aufklärer SR-71 oder die legendäre X-15, die den bis heute stehenden Rekord für Flächenflugzeuge hält mit atemberaubenden 7.274 km/h.
Aber auch die damalige UdSSR flog mit ihren brachialen MiG-25-Abfangjägern regelmässig nahe der dreifachen Schallgeschwindigkeit. Selbst Zivilmaschinen waren nahe oder jenseits der Schallmauer unterwegs.

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Dieser Band von Host W. Laumanns brilliert durch spektakuläre Aufnahmen und spannende Informationen.

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Author:Horst W. Laumanns
Specs:192 pages, 24 x 30.5 cm / 9 x 12 in, hardback
Illustrations:185 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2018)
EAN:9783613040946
Book: Die schnellsten Flugzeuge der Welt - seit 1945

Die schnellsten Flugzeuge der Welt - seit 1945

Language: German

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History's Most Important Racing Aircraft

Don Berliner, a prolific aviation author, puts pen to paper once again to provide us with a definitive overview of the most important, influential, and iconic racing aircraft of the last century. The book looks at the incredible variety, growth, and rapid expansion of this area of aviation design and production. Individual events are relayed which deal with teams of designers, often equipped with a lot more ideas than money, making wild dashes for the checkered flag and fame.

Supplemented throughout by extensive illustrations (over 200 images) this piece of work is sure to appeal to enthusiasts of the genre interested in seeing the most select racing aircraft of all time consolidated into one volume.
Aircraft featured include the Schneider Cup winning 1919 Supermarine Sealion, the iconic De Havilland Comet, post-war jet racers such as the Lockheed P-80A and the North American F-86A as well as a whole host of Formula One, Sport Biplane and Jet Class racers. Details of the current status of each racer is given, indicating whether the craft is still active or whether preserved models are available for viewing.

Author:Don Berliner
Specs:170 pages, 17.5 x 25.5 x 1.7 cm / 6.9 x 10 x 0.67 in, hardback
Illustrations:200+ b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2013)
EAN:9781781590720
Book: History's Most Important Racing Aircraft

History's Most Important Racing Aircraft

Language: English

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X-Planes of Europe: Secret Research Aircraft from the Golden Age 1947 - 1974

Although much has been written about the legendary American 'X-planes' of this era, far less is known about many of the secret and exotic research aircraft designed and built in Europe especially those in France.
Years ahead of their time, these aircraft were world-class in their own right. In Britain the transonic DH 108 Swallow was pushing towards the sound barrier as early as 1946 and the AW52 'all wing' laminarflow aircraft first flew in 1947.

Despite five years of wartime occupation, France flew its own design jet aircraft in 1946, with the N-20 swept flying wing concept being tested by 1951 in Switzerland and the Swedish SAAB 210 delta wing test aircraft first flying in 1952.
The Fairey Delta 2 smashed the World Air Speed Record (previously held by a North American F-100C Super Sabre) by an astonishing 37% margin; this aircraft was later pivotal in research for the Concorde supersonic airliner programme.
The ungainly Rolls Royce 'Flying Bedstead' of 1953 pioneered the Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) concept used today in the new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

Now, these once highly-classified aircraft are brought together in detail for the first time by the acknowledged experts in this field. The product of years of patient research, much of the material in this ground-breaking book is being made public for the first time.
With many unpublished photographs, previously classified drawings and detailed appendices, the stories of these remarkable aircraft combine to produce an in-depth record that gives these rare and exotic flying machines their proper place in aviation and military history.

Author:Tony Buttler, Jean-Louis Delezenne
Specs:240 pages, 30.5 x 21.5 x 2.7 cm / 12 x 8.5 x 1.06 in, hardback
Illustrations:120 b&w and 100 colour photographs
Publisher:Hikoki Publications (GB, 2012)
EAN:9781902109213
Book: X-Planes of Europe: Secret Research Aircraft from the Golden Age 1947 - 1974

X-Planes of Europe: Secret Research Aircraft from the Golden Age 1947 - 1974

Language: English

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X-Planes of Europe II : More Secret Research Aircraft from the Golden Age 1945-1971

Following on from the successful "X-Place of Europe", Tony Butler adds a second volume of fighter and bomber prototypes.

Aircraft from Britain, France, Italy, Switzerland and the former Yugoslavia range from the diminutive Ikarus jet prototypes to the imposing BAC TSR.2, piston-powered French Arsenal VB 10 and the Hispano HA-300. Includes un-built aircraft and NATO attack aircraft, as well as the British aircraft Hawker P.1052 and Short Sperrin.

Author:Tony Butler
Specs:400 pages, 29.5 x 21 cm / 11.6 x 8.25 in, hardback
Illustrations:425 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Hikoki Publications (GB, 2015)
Series:Hikoki
EAN:9781902109480
Book: X-Planes of Europe II : More Secret Research Aircraft from the Golden Age 1945-1971

X-Planes of Europe II : More Secret Research Aircraft from the Golden Age 1945-1971

Language: English

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Forschungsflugzeuge - Fliegen für die Wissenschaft

"Foschungsflugzeuge - Fliegen für die Wissenschaft" behandelt ein hochspannendes Thema der Fliegerei. Viele wissenschaftliche Versuche und Unternehmungen bedürfen spezialisierter Fluggeräte, um z.B. die obere Atmosphäre, Wettersysteme, grosse Wasser- oder Landflächen zu untersuchen, astronomische Beobachtungen zu tätigen u.v.m.
Die hierfür eingesetzten Flugzeuge sind eine Klasse für sich und häufig aufwändig umgebaute Sonderanfertigungen. Neben den Flugzeugen selbst werden in diesem Buch auch die jeweiligen Forschungsprojekte und Institute vorgestellt.

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Author:Horst W. Laumanns
Specs:160 pages, 24 x 17 cm / 9 x 6.7 in, hardback
Illustrations:32 b&w and 122 colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2015)
EAN:9783613037427
Book: Forschungsflugzeuge - Fliegen für die Wissenschaft

Forschungsflugzeuge - Fliegen für die Wissenschaft

Language: German

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