Air Combat: From World War I to the Present Day

Author(s): Thomas Newdick

Tanks, aircraft, vehicles

The first aerial warfare took place in 1911, but since then the weapons, techniques and outcome of warfighting in the air have changed immensely. Air Combat is a comprehensive history of airborne warfare, from the first pre-WWI skirmishes in converted reconnaissance aircraft to present-day operations in the Middle East and Asia. The very first fighters and bombers were simple flying machines from which the pilot or navigator would aim a gun or 'dumb' bomb visually, leaning out into the slipstream. In contrast, modern warplanes are capable of destroying a target without ever seeing what they are firing at, using laser guidance and GPS to pinpoint the enemy. Illustrated with action photographs and full-colour artworks, the chronologically ordered chapters outline the developments and landmarks in aerial combat through the decades, focusing on campaigns including the Spanish Civil War, the Blitzkrieg which began World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Falklands conflict. The book ends with an analysis of the use of U.S. and allied air power to fight insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Thomas Newdick, an aviation and defence writer and editor, has researched and written numerous articles for various specialist magazines and journals examining military and civil aviation, twentieth-century military history, and defence technology. He has contributed to books such as The Encyclopedia of Military Jets, and is a regular contributor to Combat Aircraft and Aircraft Illustrated magazines. He is on the editorial staff of both Guideline Publications and Aeroplane.

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  • : 9781782743330
  • : Herron Books (Distributed Titles)
  • : Herron Books (Distributed Titles)
  • : 1.451
  • : April 2016
  • : 285mm X 211mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Thomas Newdick
  • : Hardback
  • : 358.400904
  • : 320