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12-25-2004, 08:25 AM
What's your favorite/best one volume encyclopedia of WWII aircraft, (also most comprehensive)?

12-25-2004, 08:25 AM
What's your favorite/best one volume encyclopedia of WWII aircraft, (also most comprehensive)?

12-25-2004, 08:53 AM
Me. 8D

Just kidding, there are quite a few good ones out there though!

12-25-2004, 08:59 AM
I always trusted in Jane`s http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Theres a WW2 Book with all planes of that era, is very nice.

12-25-2004, 10:23 AM
i remember going to the library when i was a kid, the Janes stuff was 'for reference only' meaning you couldnt take it home http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif.
the plus point was that i would have needed a mule to carry the thing home due the books size and weight.

12-25-2004, 02:53 PM
David Mondey wrote several good books back in the 1980s - I have the Brit and US encyclopaedias, and refer to them almost daily

Very nice illustrations too (don't remember artist), unlike some other books I could mention

12-25-2004, 03:40 PM
Janes is the last word for an encyclopedia of military weapons past and present. The problem is their stuff is a bit pricey (as in you could get a car instead).

12-25-2004, 04:00 PM
Aircraft of the Fighting Powers Vols 1-6 by Cooper and Thetford. Published during WW2 by Farnborough Publishing Co LTD.

12-25-2004, 05:04 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by rurik:
What's your favorite/best one volume encyclopedia of WWII aircraft, (also most comprehensive)? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE> Interesting you should ask as I received a book from my nephew with this very title called "The Encyclopedia of Aircraft of WWII" by Paul Eden (Amber Books Ltd. in London). It's by no means as exhaustive as Jane's or Aircraft of the Third Reich by William Green but it's a very worthwhile and fairly comprehensive book.

Here's a link: http://amberbooksnew.users10.donhost.co.uk/pages/newbooks.asp


12-26-2004, 03:47 AM
THe Internet http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

12-26-2004, 04:20 AM
The internet is definitely the best place for research, but I wouldn't mind having a concise, fun-to-look-at book to put on my shelf.

The problem is do you want to spend $100+ for a boring scientific book like Jane's that covers eveything? I will more likely go to Border's or other mega store to browse the big colorful albums in the $25-50 range, and when I find the one I like, I will search the interent for the best price and then post here. Sam's Club had a good one at my local store last week. I'll check it out and get back with you.

12-26-2004, 07:48 AM
Best book has got to be.....

" The Great Book of Fighters....an illustrated encyclopedia of every fighter aircraft built and flown"
by Willam Green and Gordan Swanborough,MBI publishing Co, 2001.

It's one of those coffee table books,monsterously large,600 pages, with almost 1700 fighters in it.

All makes,models,variants,specs,pics and lots of cutaway drawings.Awesome resource.From the Vickers E.F.B.1 in 1912 to the present day,it has every fighter that has ever flown.Cost was $40.00 usd.

Ddave http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

han freak solo
12-26-2004, 10:34 AM
I just got a book titled "Gunner", done by the same guys that did "Cockpit". Just $17 from Half Price Books.

Great photos and decent reading on the various gun positions in bombers. Touches on WWI but is primarily focused on WWII. Even covers the IL-2. Sweet book. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif