Aeronaut Books, U.S.A., 1st ed., 2014. 752 pp., numerous photo-ills., + some cold., plates. Laminated boards ; 28 x 22cm. Tiny bump to one corner o/w brand new (in original cellophane wrappers that we only opened to retrieve the data to describe this item) o/w MINT. This is the story of the development of American military aviation before and during the First World War. Comprehensively told here for the first time, this story is one of inability to develop suitable airframes and aero-engines during the war, with the result that not one American-designed aircraft saw combat over the Western Front. That failure was due to an inability to resolve the complex technological and production problems in the time available. With the exception of the Liberty Plane, an American-built adaptation of a British design powered by the only truly successful American aero-engine, the USAS went to war flying aircraft designed and built in Europe, and all these types are included in this account together with American designs. Here is a detailed, graphic account of these little-known aircraft, with over 1,000 photos, drawings and colour profiles of 38 aircraft. RARE.