By Walter J. Boyne

ISBN-10: 1576073459

ISBN-13: 9781576073452

ISBN-10: 1576077292

ISBN-13: 9781576077290

Written via greater than a hundred overseas students and specialists, this encyclopedia chronicles the contributors, apparatus, and drama of approximately a century of aerial combat.

• greater than 900 A–Z entries 0 in at the first, the easiest, the worst, the quickest, the top, the latest

• Contributions from a few a hundred most sensible overseas experts―many with wrestle experience

• Lavish set of illustrations with quite a few pictures together with the Mitsubishi G4M outfitted with the Okha suicide missile, the purple Baron, and the 1st all-female aircrew of the U.S. Air Force

• Maps starting from the Western entrance as stabilized in 1915 to the Persian Gulf struggle in 1991

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He devised a means to shield his wooden propeller with metal so a machine gun could shoot through the arc (bullets that hit the blades would ricochet off). In a mere 18 days in early 1915, he shot down three German aircraft and claimed two others. Press reports of his exploits were the first to use the French slang “ace” to mean at least five enemy aircraft downed—although the term soon came to require five or more confirmed aircraft shot down. The German word was kanone, indicating a star turn; 10 victories were required for that designation.

The idea of achieving ace status quickly became popular among fliers and the general public. As World War I degenerated into static trench warfare with horrific losses and virtually no glory, the contests among pilots to raise scores achieved considerable public following. The pilots became the heroes whom people needed in a protracted and bitter war. And they were heroes in later wars as well. The following table lists the highest-ranking aces from several conflicts since 1914. An excellent study by Al Bowers and David Lednicer indicates that there may have been as many as 10,000 aces in at least 27 countries, and some women also became aces.

Toronto: Macmillan, 1963. Hess, W. N. The Allied Aces of World War II. New York: Arco, 1966. ______. The American Aces of World War II and Korea. New York: Arco, 1968. Robertson, Bruce, ed. Air Aces of the 1914–1918 War. London: Harleyford, 1959. Shores, Christopher. Fighter Aces. London: Hamlyn, 1975. ______. Air Aces. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1983. Tolliver, Raymond, and Trevor Constable. Fighter Aces. New York: Macmillan, 1965. out refueling for 51 hours. Between 12 and 14 April, Chamberlin and Acosta covered an estimated 4,100 miles, more than 500 miles farther than the distance from New York to Paris.

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