Aircraft of the Royal Air Force 1918-57 - Owen ThetfordLondon: Putnam, 1957, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a large patch missing from the foot of the upper panel, now wrapped in a removable protective sleeve.
Includes: Black & white profiles; Black & white photographs; Frontispiece; Appendices (2);
From the cover: “Here for the first time is an encyclopaedia of all the aircraft which have served with the Royal Air Force from its formation on 1 April, 1918, to the present day. Although the work is planned to cover every type which has operated in normal R.A.F. service, special record-breaking aircraft which have made their mark in R.A.F. history, such as the Schneider racing seaplanes, are also included. There are also descriptions of several contemporary types which have been ordered for development trials — for instance, the English Electric P.I Fighter, the first truly supersonic interceptor for the R.A.F.
For every main type of aircraft, many hitherto unpublished facts are given. These include the numbers built for the R.A.F., including a breakdown by Marks where this is applicable, and the squadrons to which they were supplied. On the aircraft of the Second World War, this book contains the fullest documentation yet published: numbers built, squadrons equipped, technical specifications of all kinds, and operational records.
All the aircraft types are illustrated with one or more photographs covering the main Mark variants, and there are nearly 200 three-view line drawings which are themselves a unique collection. Many of the illustrations are collector’s pieces which have never previously been included in a book.”