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Flying Colours

Author: William Green and Gordon Swanborough
Format: Hardcover
Condition: Book good, dust jacket tatty

Military aircraft have been variously daubed, cunningly camouflaged, boastfully personalised or otherwise extravagantly coloured since they first took to the air almost 70 years ago. From the time that the identity of aircraft was established with national insignia, the marking of aircraft has become a science, and their decoration an art form. At times of tension, trends have been towards camouflage colours for concealment as international relationships have deteriorated. Yet, in peace and war, there have also been anti-camouflage colour schemes applied specifically to render aircraft more conspicuous for training, rescue and other purposes.

Flying Colours is a superb survey of this fascinating scene, depicting more than 100 different aircraft types, from the World War I Spads to todays swing-wing Tornado, in more than 1,300 spectacular illustrations. Splendid use is made of finely detailed profile drawings, top and bottom, head-on and scrap views, together with emblem and other detail enlargements, all in full colour and each extensively
researched by the compilers and artists who have striven for accuracy and interest.

All proceeds of this sale go to the Ferrymead Aeronautical Society Inc. (

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