Here you will see the Douglas SDB ‘Dauntless’, the US Navy’s torpedo bomber of 1939; the Piaggio P.180 ‘Avanti’, now associated with the great Ferrari racing marque; the Czech utility Let Aero 145 transport plane; the Bücker Bü-133 ‘Jungmeister’, aerobatic champion of Europe from 1935; the Japanese seaplane Shin Meiwa US-1, able to carry out rescues in 15 ft waves!
… in all, over 400 aircraft types, many famous and some rescued from obscurity by Fia O Caoimh’s acute insight into aircraft structures, applied to old drawings or photographs.
special features include:–
• An A–Z of great flying machines, civil and military, presented alphabetically by manufacturer, each lovingly observed and hand-drawn in detail by the author
• The complete known technical specifications of all the aircraft included in the book, with information about where the actual aircraft can be seen
• An illustrated timeline of man’s attempts to fly, from early myths and legends to ventures into space
• Includes the author’s personal selection of strange and original aircraft – some only flown in prototype.
A treat for the air historian.
Fia O Caoimh is an Irish artist, architect and pilot, flying from his Waterford Airport base. He constructed his own high performance Rutan Long-Ez aircraft and began the ten-year project resulting in this book in 1995.