Bristol F2 Fighter Aces of World War I

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Bristol F2 Fighter Aces of World War I

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This is the history of the best Allied fighter-destroyer of World War 1 and the pilots who flew it. Nicknamed "Biff" by the pilots, the Bristol F2 Fighter enjoyed extraordinary success over the Western Front in the final 18 months of the war. However, it had an inauspicious debut, as an entire flight of F2As was wiped out by von Richthofen's Jasta 11. A new improved F2B was soon delivered to the front which functioned in an entirely different manner. The crews operated the plane not as a standard two-seater, but as a single-seat with a "sting in the tail" in the form of a rear gunner with a Lewis machine gun. Numerous ace teams earned the "Biff" grudging respect from its German opponents. This book charts the development of the plane from its unpromising beginnings to the revised model operating with a new kind of tactics. Moreover, the numerous first-hand accounts and combat reports give a fascinating insight into the experiences of the pilots themselves.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Development and Disaster (The first F2A operations)/Chapter 2: A Scout with a Sting in the Tail (Development of the F2B and new tactics)/Chapter 3: 'Biff Boys' (Bristol aces and their exploits)/Chapter 4: Ascendancy On Other Fronts (Bristol operations in Italy, the Middle East and post-war)/Appendices: Aces; Squadrons and bases; Ace airframes; aircrew awards

Product details

Published Sep 18 2007
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846032011
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 90 b/w; 20 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Aircraft of the Aces
Short code ACE 79
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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