By Walter J. Boyne

Written via greater than a hundred foreign students and specialists, this encyclopedia chronicles the contributors, apparatus, and drama of approximately a century of aerial combat.

• greater than 900 A–Z entries 0 in at the first, the simplest, the worst, the quickest, the top, the latest

• Contributions from a few a hundred most sensible overseas experts―many with wrestle experience

• Lavish set of illustrations with a number of images together with the Mitsubishi G4M built with the Okha suicide missile, the crimson Baron, and the 1st all-female aircrew of the U.S. Air Force

• Maps starting from the Western entrance as stabilized in 1915 to the Persian Gulf warfare in 1991

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An excellent study by Al Bowers and David Lednicer indicates that there may have been as many as 10,000 aces in at least 27 countries, and some women also became aces. Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) Many of these pilots later attained even higher scores while fighting World War II; the list below includes the top aces on either side of the civil conflict. Joaquin García Morato y Castaño, Nationalist, 40 Andres García Lacalle, Republican, 11+ China-Japan-Manchuria (1937–1945) This theater became part of World War II but was fought over a longer period.

Keen, R. Wireless Direction Finding, 3rd ed. London: Iliffe and Sons Limited, 1938. Komons, Nick A. Bonfires to Beacons: Federal Civil Aviation Policy under the Air Commerce Act, 1926–1938. S. Government Printing Office, 1978. Aerial Torpedoes Leary, William M. S. Air Mail Service, 1918–1927. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985. , and Bragaw, Charles L. Achievement in Radio: Seventy Years of Radio Science, Technology, Standards, and Measurement at the National Bureau of Standards.

France has centered its research at the Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales, a public institution responsible to the French Ministry of Defense. In reunified Germany, the German Aerospace Center has sustained a long tradition of aviation research and development. S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), NACA’s successor, has expanded research at Langley, Ames, and other research facilities around the country. The establishment at Farnborough has undergone various name changes in response to developments and changing research agendas.

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