New York, 1st ed., 1960. 447 pp., frontis., + photo-ills. D.j., 28 x 21cm. FINE. This is the most comprehensive history of America’s military aircraft previously published and with over 900 illustrations. The author describes how the airplane not only radically altered the whole course of modern warfare but was itself altered by the very concepts it introduced. The airplane’s original military role was that of scouting. Then the daredevil act of a pilot returning from a reconnaissance mission led to the adaptation of existing airplanes and the creation of new models especially for a new type of warfare. Thus, the bomber was born. The author details how, model by model, the various types of aircraft evolved. There are descriptions of every military plane of significance, experimental and operational.