S u m m a r y
||192 pages; Format 8.5 inches by 11
||US$39.95 purchased at Border Books
||Glorious wartime Kodachrome
reproduced in beautiful colour; first in a series; more than 100 aircraft
types covered including some esoteric subjects; captions provide
description and history of each aircraft; colourful pre-war schemes
|| Highly Recommended
Reviewed by Steven Eisenman
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You need that last minute gift....perhaps for yourself? Maybe a coffee table
book? Well this is the one to get.
This is one of the most beautiful collection of Kodachrome pictures of
aircraft that I have seen yet. It is not that there is anything unique here. It
is that these pictures have been reproduced in all the glory that modern color
printing technology will allow. This is a book to lose yourself in.
This book, which appears to be the first volume in a series, covers the
immediate pre-war up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. The final picture in the
book is a magnificent color picture of the USS West Virginia on fire with the
USS Tennessee right behind her.
There are no less than 100 types and subtypes represent in the most beautiful
color. Not Just your run of the mill early B-25A Mitchells and F4F Wildcats, but
also aircraft such as the Curtis A-18 Shrike in washable British style
camouflage, and F2Fs and F3Fs in all their pre-war colorful markings. How about
a natural metal AT-18 (Hudson) with a Martin Twin 50. cal turret. There are a
number of pictures of aircraft intended for the RAF, Hudsons, P-400s,
P-38/322-B, Vengence and others. What is quite clear in all this color is that
the underside on these aircraft was Sky Gray, and very pale at that! One of the
best surprises is the picture of the Northrop N-1M Flying Wing. There is a
picture of John K. Northrop in the cockpit of the brilliantly yellow aircraft.
Close in, it looks more like a racing car cockpit than an aircraft cockpit.
Click the thumbnails below to view
While most books give you a line or two caption, Bodie has seen fit to give a
full description and some historical background on each aircraft. The
information will add to your knowledge of the aircraft covered in this volume.
I unreservedly recommend this book to anyone who loves the sight of pre-war
American aircraft in all their magnificent color. For pure visual pleasure, do
not overlook this book. This is a gift that will keep on giving, as long as you
keep looking at it.
Review Copy paid for by Modeldad...who drooled all over the
cover, so he had to buy it!