1st ed., 1995. 256 pp., photo-plates + maps & diagrams. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. As early as the First World War men risked their lives to develop night flying, and by the 1939-45 conflict fighter aircraft, as well as the slower bombers, were being improved month-by-month in order to achieve a twenty-four hour mastery of the skies. Today the warplane is impervious to the time of day and the conditions outside the cockpit. The author presents a thorough account of the fascinating developments that have seen this element of military aviation evolve at such pace, with great technical expertise on the part of designers and daring and skill on the part of flyers.