Britain's Forgotten Fighters of the First World War

Paul R. Hare

Those with any interest in the
First World War will have have heard
of the planes most associated with that
conflict—the legendary Sopwith Camel
and Royal Aircraft Factory's S.E.5a,
which are often called the "Spitfire" and
"Hurricane" of the Great War. Aviation
enthusiasts might even know of the
Camel's predecessors, the Sopwith Pup or the Triplan
Date Published :
July 2014
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Language:
English
Illustration :
32 black and white
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781781551974
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Those with any interest in the First World War will have have heard of the planes most associated with that conflict - the legendary Sopwith Camel and Royal Aircraft Factory’s S.E.5a, which are often called the "Spitfire" and "Hurricane" of the Great War. Aviation enthusiasts might even know of the Camel's predecessors, the Sopwith Pup or the Triplane. But what of the many other planes that saw active service in the war? This is the story of those armed airplanes whose names few people can recall, the ‘Forgotten Fighters’ of the First World War, including the pusher ‘gunbuses’ of the early war years, the strange ‘pulpit’ design of the B.E.9, the desperate conversions of reconnaissance machines that were never intended to be armed, and those which were thought too tricky for the average pilot to handle. It is also the story of the brave men who flew these machines, fighting, and too often dying, for a cause they believed in. Some of these airplanes only served in small numbers and others in areas away from the main battle on the Western Front, but all made a vital contribution to the winning of the war. And these lost but iconic fighter aircraft, and the brave young men who flew them, deserve to be remembered just as much as the more famous aces in their legendary machines. This is their story.

About The Author
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Paul R. Hare, a retired engineer, has made a lifelong study of early aviation, becoming a recognised authority in his field, and has publishing several books and numerous magazine articles various aspects of the first war in the air. He first began researching the failure of the American Aeroplane building Programme over 25 years ago and has lectured on the topic both in The UK and the USA as well as writing a number of articles about it, and about the Liberty engine that was crucial to it.

REVIEWS
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"For those readers who want to step up to the next level in their knowledge of British World War I aircraft, Paul R. Hare’s Forgotten Fighters is a must. This well-researched, nicely organized, and beautifully illustrated little encyclopedia authoritatively discusses seventeen different types of airplanes produced and put into use by the RFC/RNAS/RAF before and during the war years, most of which will be only vaguely familiar to the average reader...airplane aficionados will find Forgotten Fighters to be a useful and attractive addition to their library. It is recommended."

- Over the Front, Spring 2015

"an interesting look at some lesser-known aircraft and fills a gap in the understanding of the development of the fighter aircraft of WWI."

- Carl J. Bobrow, Museum Specialist, National Air and Space Museum, Aerodrome, Fall 2015

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