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    Ivan SorensenIvan Sorensen
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    Any recommendations? Looking for a book that covers a ton of WW1 aircraft, decent amount of photos and covers at least some technical detail (speed, armaments etc.) and production numbers.

    If it includes some of the history behind each plane, that’d be outstanding too.

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    #100197
    Don GlewweDon Glewwe
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    “The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide Aircraft of World War I 1914-1918” by Herris and Pearson is a decent coffee-table book.

    If you can find a copy, the Harleyford Publications (“Fighter Aircraft…” and “Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War”) are chock full of good info.

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    #100210
    RuarighRuarigh
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    Jane’s Fighting Aircraft of WW1 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Janes-Fighting-Aircraft-World-War/dp/1851703470) might suit for technical detail.

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    Ivan SorensenIvan Sorensen
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    Thanks gang, I’ll look for those.

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    #100261
    Autodidact-O-SaurusAutodidact-O-Saurus
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    You may also try the old Rand McNally Guide.  Somewhat dated at this point but quite handy–a color drawing of each of the most common planes, no photos, a goodly number of simplified 3-views. The Harleyford books are a great resource but can be a little pricey for the rarer titles.

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    #100298
    deephorsedeephorse
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    I second “Aircraft of WWI 1914-1918” by Herris & Pearson.  I would also suggest “Military Aircraft, Origins to 1918” by Justin D Murphy.

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