The Imperial Russian Air Service: Famous Pilots & Aircraft of World War One by Alan Durkota, Thomas Darcey & Victor Kulikov soon to be presented for sale on the terrific BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Mountain View: Flying Machines Press, 1995, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Drawings; Diagrams; Tables; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Plans;
From the cover: The story of the Imperial Russian Air Service is told for the first time, primarily through the lives of its distinguished aviators. An overview of the major branches of the air service is followed by biographies of the Russian aces and the French aces who flew in Russia. Additional biographies of distinguished flyers who contributed significantly to Russias war in the air, are provided, including the remarkable stories of the first black man to shoot down an airplane in air to air combat and the worlds first women combat pilots.
To provide a fuller perspective of Russias first air war, the key aircraft designers and manufacturers and their aircraft are profiled. An extensive colour section provides the most comprehensive, accurate look at Russian aircraft colours yet presented, plus colour renderings of uniforms and photographs of the medals won by the airmen. Detailed appendices cover lighter-than-air aviation, Russian awards, victory lists of the pilots, aircraft flown by the aces, and 3-view drawings (to standard 1 /48 or 1/72 scales) of more than 40 of the aircraft types the aviators flew into combat. The narrative is enhanced by more than 600 rare photographs, many published here for the first time.
Historians, aviation enthusiasts, and modellers alike will find this lavishly-illustrated book vital.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 546 pages. Index. Bibliography. 12¼” x 9¼”.