➳ [Reading] ➶ Dogfight By Tony Holmes ➩ – Fighter pilots are the elite of the elite; it can take years of training to produce a fighter pilot and even longer to produce a plane that is worthy of their skills Yet a dogfight can last only minut Fighter pilots are the elite of the elite; it can take years of training to produce a fighter pilot and even longer to produce a plane that is worthy of their skills Yet a Dogfight can last only minutes Drawing inspiration from The History Channel's popular show Dogfight and the new Osprey DUEL series Dogfight offers readers a chance to discover what it felt like to be a fighter pilot during World War II flying some of the most iconic planes to have ever graced the skies during operations when man and machine were tested to the limit Meticulously researched digital artwork recreates the cockpit of each of these iconic fighter planes and accompanies a step by step explanation of the design and development of these warbirds from prototype to combat First hand accounts and interviews with surviving pilots detail pilot training differences among the combatants as well as the euipment used in their preparations for war Maps and diagrams reveal the wider strategic setting in which each Dogfight took placeFrom Spitfires battling Messerschmitts over the skies of southern England to Fw s desperately attempting to turn the tide against the advancing Mustangs of the th Air Force during the dying days of the war discover the history of these amazing pilots and their aircraft in the awesome Dogfights of World War IISpecial Features Illustrated throughout with digital illustrations of cockpits side elevations and battle scenes and filled with rare and never before seen photographs Provides in depth information on the flight characteristics and fighting capabilities of all of the most famous warbird types Includes brief biographies and kill tables of famous aces.Dogfight


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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Dogfight
  • Tony Holmes
  • English
  • 14 September 2015
  • 9781849084826

10 thoughts on “Dogfight

  1. says:

    Reads like a stitched together version of shorter books about individual aircraft which is apparently what it is The book is poorly edited it contains occasional misspellings and a number of redundancies including an explicable repetition of a couple of pages with the repeat beginning in mid sentence The choice of which planes to include is neither comprehensive nor always intuitively sound why compare the Zero with the Seafire rather than with the Hellcat or Corsair? Long parts act like reference manuals than like general interest readingBut there's a lot of nice art And there are two real strengths The background on the development and refinement of each plane is highly informative about the intense and endless engineering that went on for military aircraft during the Second World War The descriptions of overall tactics and dogfights are also informative tactics were largely determined by each aircraft's capabilities often discovered in combat; ambushes were preferred in order to stack the odds; many fights lasted mere seconds

  2. says:

    An interesting read For me the choice of aircraft was interesting as were some of the errors made during the course of the war and prior to eg delayed use of drop tanks for Spitfire failure to truly evolve beyond the Zero for Japan As I said interesting to not see any real reference to other aircraft like the P 38 or the Hellcat I enjoyed the overview not only of the aircraft but of crew training and personalities as well

  3. says:

    Good compilation of previous VS books into one handy hardbound volume The firsthand accounts were particularly of interest to me

  4. says:

    got this on clearance at Barnes Noble Excellent text photographs and writing make this a terrific intro to the history of military flight during WWII Highly recommend it

  5. says:

    Got bored with the technical comparisons and lack of actual pilot accounts

  6. says:

    Dogfight is not light reading and it is not a book about fighter pilots rather it is a reference work Several pairs of WWII fighters are detailed with most of the book describing the technical aspects of each plane There are a few stories about the pilots who flew them in each section The pairs of planes are Spitfire vs Bf 109E Thunderbolt vs Bf 109GK P 40 Warhawk vs Ki 43 Oscar P 51 Mustang vs FW 190 and Seafire vs A6M Zero There are some profiles of the various planes and some decent photographs throughout If you like knowing what kind of engine of what horsepower went into a plane or that they switched out a certain caliber of machine gun for a different caliber on a certain aircraft then you'll find this book useful I can understand some of the pairing but the Seafire vs Zero left me scratching my head The Seafire was just another version of the Spitfire which was already covered and saw combat far too late in the war to be decisive No Russian plane was mentioned yes there were some very excellent fighters produced in Russia during the war nor were there any from any belligerents other than German the US Britain and Japan The most glaring omission was that of any US Navy fighter The F4F Wildcat vs the Zero or even better the legendary F6F Hellcat vs the Zero would have been far interesting

  7. says:

    Tony Holmesin Taistelu ilmojen herruudesta toisen maailmansodan parhaimmat hävittäjät Gummerus 2012 kerää yhteen viisi Osprey kustantamon Duel sarjaan kuuluvaa kirjaa joissa vertaillaan kahta toisistaan mittaa ottanutta sotakonettaLentokoneiden ominaisuuksien lisäksi kirjassa käsitellään myös eri maiden ilmavoimien koulutusta tunnettuja lentäjiä ja myös itse taistelutoimia tiettynä ajanjaksonaLentokoneiden valinnassa on päädytty osin itsestäänselviin pareihin Messerschmitt Bf 109E vs Spitfire P51 Mustang vs Focke Wulf 190 mutta hieman hämmästelin viimeisen luvun kaksintaisteluparia Seafire vs A6M Zero joista ensiksimainitulle olisi ehkä löytynyt relevantimpi vaihtoehtoKiinnostavimmiksi osioiksi kohosivat mielestäni ehkä Aasian ja Tyynenmeren sotanäyttämöä käsittelevät luvut ehkä siksi että aiheesta on tullut luettua selvästi vähemmän kuin vaikkapa taistelussa EnglannistaLuettavuudeltaan kirja ei ole ehkä jännittävin mahdollinen ellei sitten ole hillittömän kiinnostunut teknisistä tiedoista Pientä toistoakin esiintyyValokuvista ja maalauksista koostuvasta kuvituksesta on annettava täydet pisteet samaten kuten eri koneiden ohjaamojen ansiokkaista esittelyistä

  8. says:

    DogfightsDogfight by Tony Holmes is a descriptive and informational about all the different air battles in the European theater and the south pacific during World War II The book tells you all about the planes and all the information about them the tactics and it describes the pilots feelings inside the plane The book also informs you about all the variants of the planes and their modifications The Book gives you a performance rating on all of the aircraft from speed to armament I would recommend this book for people who like history or informative books

  9. says:

    A combination of Holmes' personal choices and detailed technical information on each plane doesn't make for smooth reading This is not to say those with a love for the details of the war in the air won't find somethings to loveFor me the History Channel's visual reconstruction of those dogfights and others was clearer and satisfying Or perhaps my rating was because the P 38 Lightning wasn't showcased here

  10. says:

    A compilation of five smaller books published by Osprey publishing in their Duel series I found the book mildly interesting but not especially engaging The final chapter about the Seafire was the most informative in that it describes Royal Navy carrier activities in the Pacific very late in WW2

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