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BRISTOL F2 FIGHTER ACES OF WORLD WAR 1 (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No 79)
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BRISTOL F2 FIGHTER ACES OF WORLD WAR 1 (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No 79)

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Jon Guttman

Built to replace the obsolete BE and RE types which had become 'Fokker fodder' over the Western Front, the Bristol F2 Fighter had the misfortune to enter frontline service at the height of 'Bloody April' 1917, when Allied aircraft were being decimated by superior German fighting scouts. Initally suffering a similar fate to its predecessors, the aircraft eventually became a success largely because surviving crews learned to operate the F2 not as a standard two-seat reconnaissance scout, but as a single-seat fighting scout with a 'sting in the tail' in the form of a rear gunner with a Lewis machine gun. Thanks to the Bristol Fighter's speed and manoeuverability, which had only previously been found in single-seat fighters, pilots were able to fly the F2 as agressively as if they were at the controls of a Camel or SE 5a. Numerous ace teams were soon created during the summer of 1917, and by the war's end the Bristol Fighter-which was both loved and respected by those that flew it- had produced pilot and observer aces with scores that rivalled those of single-seat fighter pilots.

96 pages. 

*Comprehensive histories of the elite fighter pilots, and the aircraft they flew

*A unique source of information researched by recognized experts, and brought to life by first-hand accounts from the comat veterans themselves

*Conncise, authoritative text is supported by at least 30 specially commissioned original color artworks, scale plans, and the best archival photography from around the world