Big Wings

The Largest Aircraft Ever Built

Philip Kaplan

 
Date Published :
January 2006
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Pen and Sword Large Format Aviation Books
Illustration :
30 color and b/w photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781844151783
Pages : 320
Dimensions : 10.5 X 9 inches
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$50.00

Overview
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In the history of aviation there have been many attempts to produce aircraft of extraordinary proportions to expand the limits of technology and create new performance standards. With few exceptions, the early attempts did not become the successes envisaged until post-World War II when such aircraft as the Boeing B-52, and and the Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet' airliner changed the face of aviation in both the military and civil roles.

Big Wings is a well-researched, highly informative look at the sixteen most significant giants of the air.

Each aircraft is introduced and its raison d'être explained, followed by an in-depth review of the successful and failed technical aspects of the design, its operational history, first-hand accounts from those that had flown the aircraft plus some startling facts and statistics.

The aircraft selected are as follows: Military - Douglas B-19, Boeing B-29, Consolidated B-36, Northrop B-49 and Boeing B-52 Airliners - Bristol Brabazon, Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 Heavy Lifters - Messerschmitt Me323, Consolidated XC-99, Lockheed C5 and Antonov AN-225 Flying Boats - Dornier Do-X, Martin JRM Mars, Hughes HK-1 and Saunders Roe Princess.

About The Author
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Author/historian/designer/photographer Philip Kaplan has written and co-authored forty-seven books on aviation, military and naval subjects. His previous books include: One Last Look, The Few, Little Friends, Round the Clock, Wolfpack, Convoy, Fighter Pilot, Bombers, Fly Navy, Run Silent, Chariots of Fire, Legend and, for Pen and Sword, Big Wings, Two-Man Air Force, Night and Day Bomber Offensive, Mustang The Inspiration, Rolling Thunder, Behind the Wire, Grey Wolves, Naval Air, and Sailor. He is married to the novelist Margaret Mayhew.

REVIEWS
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"very approachable, precisely because it stays away from the engineering minutia, and deftly describes the contexts in which these machines were hatched, the expectations for them, and how they delivered...This is about as ideal a book to give as a gift to pretty much anyone with an interest in the world around them—if you can bring yourself to part with it."

- SpeedReaders.info

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