Military enthusiasts, aircraft aficionados, history buffs, and modelers will pore with delight over this comprehensive technical guide to the fighters of World War II. Beautifully complemented by more than 80 stunning illustrations, and written by an expert on all aspects of aviation history, this definitive pocket hardcover is packed with technical data and stories about the emergence and development of these planes. The beautifully displayed craft come from Britain, Germany, U.S.A., Japan and other major players, and they clearly reveal how the War accelerated design and performance to new heights. Each detailed plate offers a side and split plan view of the aircraft to show side, upper, and lower surface markings. A digest of essential information enhances the visual experience, providing design, production, development, and service specifies. Among the models included: the Hawker Hurricane, Supermarine Spitfire, and Messerschmitt Bf109.