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Books by Francis Crosby

  • History of Military Helicopters

    Francis Crosby

    Product Code: APGFA
    Paperback
    A complete history of army and navy helicopters from first visionaries to unmanned aircraft systems.
    • £7.69
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  • The Complete Visual Encyclopedia of Naval Aircraft of World Wars I and II

    Francis Crosby

    Product Code: ALUFE
    Hardback
    This title features a directory of over 70 aircraft with 330 identification photographs. It includes Shipborne fighters, bombers, flying boats and naval planes, including the Curtiss Helldiver, Mitsubishi Zero-Sen, Supermarine Seafire, Fairey Swordfish, Grumman F6F Hellcat, Mitsubishi Zero and Vought F4U Corsair. It examines the history and evolution of naval aircraft, from the first flights launched from ships and their pioneering role in World War I to the rise of naval airpower during World War II, with special reference to Pearl Harbor, the Doolittle Raid and the Battle of Midway. Naval aircraft - planes that are able to launch from and land on ships - have played an ever-increasing role in wartime conflicts. This fully illustrated reference book charts the early history of naval aviation, from the pioneering days when biplanes were catapulted from converted destroyers through to the 'ace-making' aircraft of World War II. An A-Z directory of over 70 aircraft describes the main characteristics of each plane, with details about its country of origin, first flight, power, armament, size, weight and performance. The book provides enthusiasts with a fascinating portrayal of the naval aircraft of this significant period in history.
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  • An Illustrated Guide to Bombers of World Wars I and II

    Francis Crosby

    Product Code: AIUQG
    Hardback
    This is a complete A-Z directory of bombers, from the early attacks of 1914 through to the Blitz, the Dambusters and the atomic bomb raids. It includes over 300 identification photographs from some of the world's greatest aviation libraries. It features the Gotha bombers of World War I, the Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber of the Spanish Civil War, the Heinkel 111 of the Blitz, and the Boeing B-29 Superfortress that dropped the first atomic bomb in 1945. It includes detailed information about country of origin, first flight, power, armament, size, weights and performance. This outstandingly researched and authoritative book begins with a history of bombers, from the early experimental aircraft that dropped bombs by removing a pin or a piece of string, through to the history-making atomic bomb raids that ended World War II. A substantial A-Z guide covers 65 major aircraft, including the British Handley Page 0/400, the North American B-25 Mitchell, and the Japanese Yokosuka D4Y Suisei. With over 300 identification pictures, including many rarely seen wartime photographs, this brilliantly illustrated book provides enthusiasts and historians with key information about the great bombers of the two World Wars.
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  • The World Encyclopedia of Military Helicopters

    Francis Crosby

    Product Code: AFLUS
    Hardback
    This is a complete reference guide to over 65 years of military helicopters, from the first types deployed in World War II to the specialized aircraft in service today. It includes all the famous manufacturers such as Bristol, Saunders-Roe and Westland from the UK; Bell, Boeing-Vertol, Hiller, Hughes, Kaman, Piasecki, Robinson and Sikorsky from the USA; Kamov and Mil from Russia; and manufacturers from around the world, such as Aerospatiale, Agusta, Denel, Eurocopter, HAL and PZL. It features cutaway drawings, an A-Z directory and over 500 photographs, including rare images from archives, museums and private collections. Specification panels provide information detailing each helicopter's name, country of origin, date first flown, power, armament, size, weight and performance. This substantial reference book provides an authoritative and highly illustrated overview of the military helicopter. It begins with a detailed history, from the ideas of Leonardo da Vinci through to the tilt-rotor aircraft that have operated with coalition forces in Afghanistan. The book contains an A-Z directory covering over 80 production military helicopters in detail. The origins, development and operation of each type are clearly described, and a specification panel gives key performance and dimensional data. This informative book is superbly illustrated with cutaway drawings and over 500 photographs showing helicopters both on the battlefield and in service.
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  • World Encyclopedia of Bombers

    Francis Crosby

    Product Code: AFFRZ
    Paperback
    This title covers the history, origins and evolution of bomber aircraft, from the first planes to the powerful jet bombers of today. It features the Avro Lancaster, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortess, Heinkel He111 and many others from World Wars I and II. It features sophisticated and powerful jet bombers of the modern age, including the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, Panavia Tornado and Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. Specification boxes for each aircraft provide at-a-glance information about the planes' country of origin, first flight, powers, armaments, size, weight and performance. It features facts and anecdotes about major battles throughout the century, and a glossary explaining key aviation terms and abbreviations. It contains over 750 photographs from some of the world's best aviation and military photolibraries. This record of incredible developments in bomber technology spans over a century of innovation. The book is divided into three sections. The first deals with the development of bombers and the major conflicts in which bombers have been used, such as the Blitz and Dambusters missions of World War II and the Libya raids and Gulf War of modern times. The second section is a comprehensive A-Z of World War bombers, 1914-45, and the third section focuses on modern jet bombers and the latest developments in warfare. This fully illustrated reference book with its easily accessible information is perfect for every enthusiast or war historian.
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