Aviation Century

Aviation Century

War & Peace in the Air

Book - 2006
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Firefly Books Ltd

The closing volume of an internationally acclaimed series.

"Any readers interested in the history of flying will treasure [this series of] profusely illustrated books."
- Booklist

War and Peace in the Air, the final book in the acclaimed five-volume Aviation Century series, explores the influence of aviation in the major wars and minor conflicts since World War II. The authors also examine the dangers of flight, including airborne disasters, accident investigations and threats from terrorism, and speculate on the myriad ways in which aviation will change in the near and far future. Included are:

  • The introduction of the jet engine and the changes it brought in training, logistics and administration
  • Improvements in weaponry, avionics and aircraft systems in the transformation of basic bombers and fighters
  • The history of flight safety, from the first air fatality in 1908 to the disaster-prevention tactics introduced to defeat modern terrorist threats
  • Profiles of 21st century aircraft, plus the future in aviation -- including collision avoidance systems, computer-driven air-traffic control, and the return of supersonic travel.

Rare archival photographs and newly photographed color images add to the entertaining and informative text. All the current photographs have been shot on site or in museums, collections or the field.


The final book in the 5 volume Aviation Century series explores the influence of aviation in conflicts since WWII; the dangers associated with flight such as disaster, investigations and terrorism; and looks to the future. Exceptionally well-illustrated.

Book News
In this concluding volume of their Aviation Century series, Duck (retired from the Royal Air Force) and Patterson (air and spacecraft photographer) survey important events in aviation since World War II. The first chapter examines the enormous changes in military aviation that accompanied the invention of the jet engine. Chapter two provides a history of major flight disasters that occurred in both war and peacetimes, and in the final chapter the authors speculate future changes in commercial and military aviation. The epilogue revisits the legacy of the Wright Brothers. Abundant original and archival photographs accompany the text. This book is distributed by Firefly Books. Oversize: 9.5x11". Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Erin, Ont. : Boston Mills Press ; Buffalo, NY : Distributed in U.S. by Firefly Books, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781550464306
1550464302
Characteristics: 352 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), ports. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Patterson, Dan 1953-
Alternative Title: War & peace in the air

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