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Fighter! : Ten Killer Planes of World War II (Hardcover) (Jim Laurier)

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Plunge into the action, and marvel at ten of the best and best-known World War II fighter aircraft!

There's no shortage of fantastic archival aviation photography from World War II. But photos from the period fall short in three major categories: the vast majority are black and white, most were composed under duress, and very few capture moments that have since entered the written record of aerial conflict.

Award-winning artist Jim Laurier rectifies the situation in this stunning, large-format, hardcover book celebrating World War II's top fighter aircraft. From design and weaponry to the daring tales of the pilots who flew the aircraft,Fighter! is a unique and lavishly presented look at World War II aviation through the imagination of military aviation's top artist and illustrator. The book presents chapters about ten legendary aircraft, each featuring paintings of the fighter in action, multi-view color plates (including cockpits), archival photography for context, and the stories behind the planes' design and service. The aircraft featured are:

Messerschmitt Bf 109

Hawker Hurricane

Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Mitsubishi A6M Zero

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Werger

Supermarine Spitfire

North American P-51 Mustang

Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe

While each of Laurier's paintings and illustrations are breathtaking and technically exacting, the stories highlight key moments in battle and the nostalgia surrounding these fighters and their pilots, offering anecdotes that enhance the art's power. A complete appendix includes key statistics for each aircraft. A warbird history like no other,Fighter! brings the romance of aerial combat, the power of agile takeoffs, and the fury of deadly weapons alive on the page.

Number of Pages: 192
Genre: Transportation, History
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Motorbooks Intl
Author: Jim Laurier
Language: English
Street Date: November 1, 2016
TCIN: 51858915
UPC: 9780760349526
Item Number (DPCI): 248-35-7843

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