Friday, August 14, 2015

Book Review: Air War On the Edge

Bill Norton
Air War On the Edge: A History of the Israel Air Force and its Aircraft Since 1947
Hinckley, UK: Midland Publishing, 2004
Category: Israel Air Force - Aircraft

Rating: 5-Stars

Bill Norton's exhaustive compendium traces the operational history of every aircraft type to enter service with the Israeli Air Force, from the 1940s to the turn of the 21st century.  Illustrated with black and white as well as color photographs and artwork, Norton provides the context for the introduction of each aircraft, statistics on each airplane, upgrade history, and pilot interviews from the men who flew them.  Individual serial numbers, service losses, even their post-retirement fates are all enumerated.

At 432 pages, this volume is packed with details.  Even aircraft that flew only as experimental types - such as captured or leased MiG fighters - are chronicled.  If there was ever an encyclopedia for the aircraft of the IDF, this would be it.

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