World War II Fighter Planes Spotter's Guide

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World War II Fighter Planes Spotter's Guide

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A compact but comprehensive guide to the iconic fighter planes that fought during World War II, which features full colour profile artwork throughout.

World War II saw pilots from around the world battling in the skies over Europe, Asia and Africa, with victory resting upon their nerve, skill and the capabilities of some of history's most iconic aircraft. In the chaos of battle, it was vital that they could quickly identify friend from foe. But do you know your Hurricane from your Bf 109, or what the legendary P-51 Mustang looks like? Do you know the wingspan of the A6M Zero-sen, or how fast it could fly?

World War II Fighter Planes Spotter's Guide answers all of these questions and more, providing essential information on over 90 legendary aircraft, from the celebrated Spitfire to the jet-powered Me 262. Featuring full-colour artwork to aid recognition, as well as all the details you need to assess their performance, this is the perfect pocket guide to the Allied and Axis fighters of World War II.

Table of Contents

Avia B 534
Bell P-39 Airacobra
Bell P-63 Kingcobra
Bell P-59 Airacomet
Bloch MB.152
Boulton Paul Defiant
Brewster F2A Buffalo
Bristol Blenheim
Bristol Beaufighter
CAC Boomerang
Curtiss P-36/Hawk 75
Curtiss P-40B/C Tomahawk
Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk/Warhawk
de Havilland Mosquito
Dewoitine D.520
Dornier Do 17/215/217
Douglas P-70/DB-7 Havoc
Fairey Fulmar
Fairey Firefly I
Fiat CR.32
Fiat CR.42 Falco
Fiat G.50 Freccia
Fiat G.55 Centauro
Focke-Wulf Fw 190A/F/G
Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9
Focke-Wulf Ta 152
Focke-Wulf Ta 154
Fokker D.XXI
Gloster Gladiator
Gloster Meteor I/III
Grumman F4F Wildcat
Grumman F6F Hellcat
Hawker Hurricane
Hawker Sea Hurricane
Hawker Typhoon
Hawker Tempest V
Heinkel He 219
Heinkel He 162
IAR 80/81
Junkers Ju 88C/G/R
Kawanishi N1K1-J Shiden
Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden-Kai
Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu
Kawasaki Ki-61 Hein
Kawasaki Ki-100
Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Gudkov LaGG-3
Lavochkin La-5/7
Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Macchi C.200 Saetta
Macchi C.202 Folgore
Macchi C.205V Veltro
Messerschmitt Bf 109E
Messerschmitt Bf 109F
Messerschmitt Bf 109G/K
Messerschmitt Bf 110
Messerschmitt Me 262
Messerschmitt Me 163B Komet
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-1/3
Mitsubishi A5M
Mitsubishi A6M2/3
Mitsubishi A6M5/7
Mitsubishi J2M Raiden
Morane-Saulnier MS.406
Nakajima Ki-27
Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa
Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki
Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate
Nakajima J1N1 Gekko
Nakajima A6M2-N
North American P-51A/Mustang I
North American P-51B/C/D/K Mustang
Northrop P-61 Black Widow
Polikarpov I-16
Polikarpov I-152 (I-15bis)
Polikarpov I-153 (I-15ter)
PZL P.11
Reggiane Re.2000/2001/2002
Republic P-43 Lancer
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
Supermarine Spitfire I/II
Supermarine Spitfire V/VI
Supermarine Spitfire VII/VIII
Supermarine Spitfire IX
Supermarine Spitfire XII
Supermarine Spitfire XIV
Supermarine Spitfire XVI
Supermarine Seafire I/II/III
Vought F4U/FG-1 Corsair
Westland Whirlwind I
Yakovlev Yak-1/7
Yakovlev Yak-9
Yakovlev Yak-3

Product details

Published 04 Feb 2021
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 288
ISBN 9781472848512
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Full colour artwork throughout.
Dimensions 130 x 190 mm
Series General Aviation
Short code GNA
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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