I picked up this book last summer at a flee market together with another one called Enzyklopädie der Flugzeuge.
After the first few pages it became obvious that although a bit out-dated, this book would make for a great quick-reference book for post-war aircrafts.
The book contains 256 pages in a large, A4 format including more than 200 different aircrafts, over 340 color images, more than 300 drawings and 24 detailed views. The copyright on the first pages reads 1985 and lists Salamander Books Ltd and Pilot Press as the copyright holders for the content. The paper quality is alright, the book being printed on thicker paper which makes flipping through easier. The print itself is non-glossy and the colors are not that great. But I guess all this was in-line with the printing quality of the 80s, when the book was published. The book is divided into 9 chapters that focus on the different application areas:
- Fighter Aircrafts
- Light Attack Aircrafts
- Reconnaissance Aircrafts
- Anti-submarine Warfare Aircrafts
- Transport and Tanker Aircrafts
- Early Warning and Control Aircrafts
- Training and Utility Aircrafts
Each chapter has a list of the most known aircrafts in the given category with selected ones even containing a 3D structural view showing the inner live of the bird along with the most common or most interesting color schemes. Most aircrafts occupy a full page with technical details, line drawings, a short history and some color scheme examples from different operating periods and regions. Also worth mentioning are the historical images showing the airships in action.
This books makes for a very good reference of post-war aircrafts from all over the world with interesting technical and historical data.
In order to avoid copyright issues, I will refrain from publishing images from the book. Sorry for that!