This authoritative volume is divided into two main sections covering fighters and bombers. Each traces the development of the aircraft from their first appearance, details their role in major conflicts around the world, and analyses how technological improvements have affected their performance. Special feature topics include nightfighters, bombers of the Spanish Civil War, the first jet v jet combat in Korea, Cold War bombers, inflight refuelling, the Gulf Wars and fighter pilot equipment in the 21st century. This unique volume, illustrated with over 1500 colour and black-and-white photographs, is aimed at both enthusiasts and historians alike, bringing together in one volume all the most significant fighters and bombers that have played important roles in flying history.
Francis Crosby has had a deep interest in aviation since an early age. After qualifying and working as an archaeologist, in 1985 he joined the Imperial War Museum's branch at Duxford, England, acknowledged as one of the world's leading centres for aviation enthusiasts. Having held research and exhibition posts at the museum, he now heads Duxford's Marketing Department. He has written extensively on historic aviation and has acted as a consultant for the media and the publishing industry. Francis Crosby's published works include Images of War: D-Day, and Images of War: The Luftwaffe in World War II (both published by Pen and Sword).