Aircraft: The Definitive Visual History

Author: DK Publishing

Price:  $28.57

Hardcover: 320 pages

Publisher: DK (May 20, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1465402128

ISBN-13: 978-1465402127

Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.2 x 12.1 inches

Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars


From the first prototypes of flying machines to today's supersonic jets, the history and roles of aircraft are explored in this beautifully illustrated guide.

Aviation enthusiasts of all stripes and ages will welcome learning more about key brands and big players from yesterday and today — whether it's the marvels of hot air balloons or the fantastic engines of Boeing, Lockheed, and more.

Planes are divided equally between military and commercial aircraft, and iconic aircraft of each era, such as the Supermarine Spitfire and Concorde, are showcased in beautifully photographed spreads with "virtual tours" that reveal the anatomy of these legendary planes.

Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution.


1.There are a few things that make it unique and more interesting than just a book of profile shots of aircraft. In each chapter they will usually focus on a single aircraft in detail, and include a couple pages of "detail" photographs. This is visually interesting as you get maybe 20 small close up images of details of the aircraft (a pulley, fuel cap, throttle, instrument, logo, etc.) which together give a feel for the craft which you just would not get from even a series of whole-plane shots.

2.Covers the entire history of flight including a lot of non American planes. Very impressive displays and pictures. Worth the money.

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