Putnam, 1st ed., 1997. 304 pp., frontis + photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 27 x 20.5cm. FINE. The Second World War accelerated the development of the aeroplane as nothing else could have done. Although much wartime research was spent on destructive arts, equal or greater effort was devoted to the saving of lives and improving the performance, reliability and ergonomics of the complex machine. In these pages some of the most prominent specialist aviation writers have come together to present an authoritative account of this dramatic era in the history of aviation technology. A new title published by Putnam and meeting their usual high standards.