Saturday, October 31, 2015
Book Review: World Encyclopedia of Aero Engines
The World Encyclopedia of Aero Engines
Somerset, UK: Patrick Stephens Limited, 1998
Category: Aviation History
First produced in 1986, with its fourth edition published in 1998, The World Encyclopedia of Aero Engines was in many ways a direct predecessor to Bill Gunston's later book, The Development of Jet and Turbine Aero Engines - despite the overlap in publication dates between the two (the latter being first produced in 1995 and continuing with new editions through 2006). Much of the same text was carried over from the earlier Encyclopedia into the later work.
Where the two books differ, is in their coverage and explanation for the developmental history for jet engines. This subject was completely omitted from the earlier work, making The World Encyclopedia of Aero Engines a less compelling story. My advice for someone perusing through the used book market would be to gravitate towards the newer Development of Jet and Turbine Aero Engines as a more complete volume.