Amid the continuous struggle for aerial superiority during World War 1, two aircraft types were at the forefront. Both rotary-engined fighters, the Sopwith Camel and the Fokker Dr I triplane were relatively slow for their time, but were regarded as the most maneuverable machines produced during the conflict, and the classic pair for a tight, evenly matched dogfight at close quarters. In this book Jon Guttman examines the fascinating story of the design and development of these deadly foes. First-hand accounts and innovative cockpit-view artwork give a thrilling insight into the pilots' experiences during the world's first aerial duels and explain their successes and failures.
About the Author
Jon Guttman is senior editor, research director, and contributing writer for the Weider History Group, which publishes Aviation History. Specializing in World War I aviation, he has written eleven titles in the past including the popular Balloon Busting Aces of World War I in Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces series. The author lives in Leesburg, VA.
Table of Contents
The Strategic Setting: a need for new fighters · Chronology of development, combat use · Design and development · Strategic situation: Flanders in the Summer of 1917 · Technical Specifications · The Combatants: RNAS, RFC, RAF, Luftstreitskräfte · Combat · Statistics and analysis · Aftermatch: swift eclipse, swift immortality
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