Aircraft: The Definitive Visual History
From the first prototypes of flying machines to today’s supersonic jets, the history and roles of aircraft are explored in this beautifully illustrated guide.
Aviation enthusiasts of all stripes and ages will welcome learning more about key brands and big players from yesterday and today — whether it’s the marvels of hot air balloons or the fantastic engines of Boeing, Lockheed, and more.
Planes are divided equally between military and commercial aircraft, and iconic aircraft of each era, such as the Supermarine Spitfire and Concorde, are showcased in beautifully photographed spreads with “virtual tours” that reveal the anatomy of these legendary planes.
Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution.
About the Author
Philip Whiteman is an award-winning aviation journalist and consulting engineer, specializing in fuel and engine technology. He has contributed to numerous aviation publications, and has flown a number of aircraft. He operates a 1944 Piper L-4H Cub.
"[Aircraft] should delight readers. The layout is compelling and makes flipping through the book easy and enjoyable." – General Aviation News
"The book offers history and roles of aircraft, from the first prototypes of flying machines to today's supersonic jets." – AOPA.org (Aircraft owners and Pilots Association)
"Each page of Aircraft is beautifully illustrated, balanced with captions and relevant details." – Cumberland Times-News
"This well laid out coffee table book presents the evolution of aircraft from the earliest beginnings up to present day by presenting excellent photographs of each type. It is rare these days to find an aviation book of this size that is four-color throughout and with the quality of printing this work exhibits." – American Aviation Historical Society Flightline Magazine