Restricted ... Air Publication 1480 ... Aircraft Recognition Handbook
[Great Britain]: 1948-1953. 6 volumes, 8vo. Numerous photographs and silhouettes of British, American, German, French, Italian aircraft. The contents with holes punched at the gutter margin and contained within each binder by original string and metal clasps.
Publisher's cloth-backed boards, title label on upper cover.
Scarce post-war British manual to identify aircraft.
The Index volume includes an Introduction which explains the purpose of these manuals: "It is essential for those concerned with offence of defence by land, sea or air to learn to identify all types of aircraft. Appearance is the primary means of recognition and the silhouettes and photographs included in this publication convey the general appearance of aircraft in service throughout the world." Each volume is dedicated to a specific type of aircraft: single engine; twin engine; multi-engine; as well as a miscellaneous volume (including sea planes and helicopters) and a volume dedicated to British experimental aircraft. Each image includes relevant information about the aircraft, including maker, dimensions, max speed and use. The index volume further identifies aircraft use by country.