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Albatros D.III, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPAVG13
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    ABOUT THIS PRODUCTIn 1916 German aerial domination, once held sway by rotary-engined Fokker and Pfalz E-type wing-warping monoplanes, had been lost to the more nimble French Nieuports and British DH 2s which not only out-flew the German fighters but were present in greater numbers. Born-from-experience calls from German fighter pilots requested that, rather than compete with the maneuverability of these adversaries, new single-engine machines should be equipped with higher horsepower engines...

    Allison-Engined P-51 Mustang, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPAVG1
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      ABOUT THIS PRODUCTWhile the introduction of the Merlin engine did improve the Mustang's performance and produce the bubble-canopied fighters with which we associate the name, credit must be given to the Allison-engined variants that preceded it. From its inception in early 1940, the Mustang's development was extraordinarily rapid - such was the need for a fighter at the time, and the confidence in its design. By early January 1942, the Mustang was in service with the RAF, flying low-level...

      Avro Lancaster by Osprey Publishing Item Number: OSPAVG21
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        The Avro Lancaster was one of the finest bombers of World War II and became the spearhead of the RAF's strategic bombing campaign over the Third Reich. Richard Marks draws on extensive research and detailed technical drawings to explore the evolution of this heavy bomber, revealing how its design developments transformed an old airframe from a dangerous liability into one of the most powerful weapons in the RAF arsenal. It demonstrated excellent performance, ruggedness and good handling...

        Curtiss P-40 - Long-nosed Tomahawks, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPAVG8
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          ABOUT THIS PRODUCTThe initial version of the Curtiss P-40, designated by the manufacturer as the Hawk H-81, combined the established airframe of the earlier radial-powered H-75 (P-36) fighter with the Allison V-1710 liquid-cooled engine. The year was 1939, and the marriage was one of expediency. With the threat of war in Europe growing by the day, the US Army Air Corps brass wanted a modern fighter that would combine the sterling handling qualities of the P-36 with a boost in performance that...

          Curtiss P-40 - Snub-nosed Kittyhawks and Warhawks, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPAVG11
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            ABOUT THIS PRODUCTAn improved version of the Allison V-1710 engine gave rise to the Curtiss H-87, which began life in 1941 as the P-40D and featured a completely redesigned fuselage. The shorter and deeper nose of the new fighter gave it a decidedly snub-nosed appearance compared to the earlier P-40 models. Curtiss continued to tweak the H-87 for the next two years in the search for better performance, but the last major version, the P-40N, was only marginally faster than the first. In the...

            DH 2 vs Albatros D I/D II, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPAVG5
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              ABOUT THIS PRODUCTFlown by Victoria Cross recipient Lanoe Hawker and the members of No 24 Sqn, the ungainly yet nimble DH 2 helped the Allies attain air superiority over the Somme in early 1916 and hold it through the summer. With its rotary engine -pusher' configuration affording excellent visibility and eliminating the need for a synchronized machine gun, the DH 2 was more than a match for anything the Germans could put in the air. That is, until the arrival of the Albatros D II, a sleek...

              General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPAVG10
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                ABOUT THIS PRODUCTDespite its uncertain start the F-111 proved to be one of the most successful and influential designs of the 1960s. Its radical -swing wing' was adopted by the F-14 Tomcat, Panavia Tornado and Rockwell B-1B Lancer while its turbofan-type engines became standard in many combat aircraft. F-111 crews pioneered tactics using terrain-following and laser targeting devices that made the F-15E Eagle's missions possible. Its 4,000 low-altitude penetration missions during Operation...

                Junkers Ju 87 Stuka, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPAVG15
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                  ABOUT THIS PRODUCTIn the opening days of the Blitzkrieg campaign, few aircraft could invoke as much terror as the Junkers Ju 87. Nicknamed the "Stuka- (an abbreviation of Sturzkampfflugzeug - the German term for "dive-bomber-), the Ju 87 was perhaps the most feared tactical bomber of the ETO. With its fixed landing gear and inverted gull wings, the Stuka was the most recognizable aircraft of the Blitzkrieg era. With profile plates, close-up photographs and battlescene artwork, this book...

                  Lockheed A-12 Cias Blackbird, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPAVG12
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                    ABOUT THIS PRODUCTDuring the early years of the Cold War, the most effective way to gather strategic intelligence about the Soviet Union and its allies was manned overflight. Lockheed's U-2 was spectacularly successful in this role, however, much to the concern of US President Eisenhower, its shape meant that it could be tracked on Russian radars. Given the highly sensitive nature of such flights, the President insisted that every effort should be made to reduce to zero the U-2's radar cross...

                    Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPAVG16
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                      ABOUT THIS PRODUCTDeveloped by the legendary Lockheed -Skunk Works,' the F-117 Nighthawk was a phenomenal technical achievement. Featuring cutaways, detail plates and battlescene artwork, this book tells the incredible story of the design of the machine, from the revolutionary materials used to the highly advanced computer technology that was employed to make the Stealth Fighter invisible to enemy radar. Written by the world's leading authority on the aircraft from Lockheed's -Skunk Works',...

                      Lockheed Sr-71 Blackbird, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPAVG20
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                        The SR-71 represents the very pinnacle of Cold War aircraft design and it has become an aviation icon. Together with its predecessor, the A-12, the Blackbird was a giant leap into the technical unknown and the design employed many forms of new technology made necessary by the excesses of speed, altitude and temperature to which the aircraft was subjected. Throughout its 34-year Air Force career, the SR-71 proved itself to be the world's fastest and highest flying operational manned aircraft....

                        Messerschmitt Bf 109 AD series, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPAVG18
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                          Messerschmitt Bf 109 A-D series from Osprey Publishing Item Number:OSPAVG18 Author: Robert Jackson Illustrator: Adam Tooby Short code: AVG 18 Publication Date: 20 Jan 2015 Number of Pages: 64 About this Product From the nascent days of the Spanish Civil War to the desperate, final defence of the stricken Reich, the Messerchmitt Bf 109 was the Luftwaffe's signature fighter. From the very beginning of its combat career it came to symbolize what could be achieved with a modern monoplane fighter...

                          Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-F series, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPAVG23
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                            Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-F series from Osprey Publishing Item Number:OSPAVG23 Author: Robert Jackson Illustrator: Adam Tooby Short code: AVG 23 Publication Date: 20 Oct 2015 Number of Pages: 64 History The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was one of the truly world class piston-engined fighters of World War II. This reputation rests largely with the E and F variants, which bore the brunt of the Luftwaffe's most important operations in World War II and shot down tens of thousands of Allied aircraft in the...

                            Mitsubishi A6M Zero, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPAVG19
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                              Unquestionably the most iconic Japanese fighter of World War II, the Mitsubishi A6M Rei-Sen, Type Zero fighter was used from the initial raid on Pearl Harbor up to the Kamikaze attacks at the end of the war. Facing off against the likes of the Wildcat, Corsair and even the Spitfire, the Zero gained a legendary reputation amongst Allied pilots due to its incredible manoeuvrability. Detailed analysis of its technical qualities show why the Zero was so feared, but also pinpoints the weaknesses...

                              Republic F-105 Thunderchief, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPAVG2
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                                The Republic F-105 Thunderchief was the fastest and most successful strike fighter of the Cold War. Designed to deliver nuclear weapons at low altitude and then fight its way back to base, by the early 1960s it was the primary weapon in the USAF's tactical strike arsenal. Thunderchief pilots in Europe, the Far East and the USA stood on short-notice alert, ready to take on the formidable defenses of their Communist Bloc targets. The F-105 was, however, to become a legend in a very different...

                                Sopwith Camel, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPAVG3
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                                  ABOUT THIS PRODUCTAn icon of World War I aerial combat, the Sopwith Camel was a superb dogfighter in the hands of a pilot who could master its vicious idiosyncrasies. The first British fighter to be armed with twin machine guns, the Camel packed a considerable punch and was highly successful, notching up a considerable number of aerial victories. The Camel was a remarkable aircraft, and one that could perform in a variety of roles, including as a ground strafer, a night fighter and a...

                                  Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPAVG9
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                                    ABOUT THIS PRODUCTThe Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot was the Soviet Air Force's first mass-produced jet purposely designed for the close air support (CAS) role and was a simple, effective and durable attack aircraft that, by 2012, had seen combat in no fewer than 40 conflicts. Some 630 Su-25s were built between 1979 and 1991, as well as 185 export Su-25Ks, 70 Su-25UB/UBK Frogfoot-B two-seaters that rolled off the production line at the aviation plant in Ulan Ude (UUAP), Russia. The Frogfoot is known as...

                                    Usaf Mcdonald-Douglas F-4 Ii, Osprey Publishing, Item Number OSPAVG7
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                                      In many respects the most successful, versatile and widely-used combat aircraft of the post-war era the F-4 Phantom II was quickly adopted by the USAF after its spectacular US Navy introduction. Its introduction to USAF squadrons happened just in time for the Vietnam conflict where USAF F-4Cs took over MiG-fighting duties from the F-100 Super Sabre. Although the F-4 was never intended as a dog-fighter to tangle with light, nimble, gun-armed MiGs it was responsible for destroying 109 MiGs in...

                                      USN McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPAVG22
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                                        USN McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II from Osprey Publishing Item Number: OSPAVG22 About this Product Originally designed as a carrier-borne long-range interceptor armed with radar-guided missiles and tasked with defence against missile-launching bombers, the Phantom II went on to establish itself as one of the most important multi-role fighter, attack and reconnaissance aircraft of the 20th century. Arguably the United States' most important aircraft in the Vietnam War, where it played the...

                                        Vought F4U Corsair, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPAVG17
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                                          With over 12,500 produced, the Vought F4U Corsair is one of the icons of mid-20th century military aviation. It was as a Marine Corps aircraft that the Corsair was to become famous, fighting through World War II and Korea. Able to outperform its contemporaries, notably the A6M Zero, the Corsair combined speed, resilience and firepower. It also served in Indochina and Algeria, and in 1969's ?Soccer War' between Honduras and El Salvador, Corsairs were flown by both sides and fought the last...