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Arco-Aircam Aviation Series

The Arco-Aircam Aviation Series of books were the US editions of the British Aircam Aviation Series from Osprey Publishing. Each title took a largely pictorial look at a classic military aircraft type, or the camouflage and markings worn by various military air arms and flying units.

After 5-6 pages of concise text introducing the subject, the remainder of each book comprised b+w photographs, 8 pages of colour profile artwork and 3-4 pages of small plan-view tone drawings, showing the upper and lower surfaces of the aircraft illustrated in colour. The original editions of the first few titles were printed entirely on glossy paper, but later titles and reprints appeared with matt paper for all except the colour profiles. This resulted in rather poor reproduction of some of the photographs.

Publisher: Arco Publishing Co, USA Language: English
50 pages + covers, Softback, 7.25" x 9.75" size, 30-40 b+w photos, 8 pages colour drawings, 3 pages tone plan-view drawings.


Quick jump: 1 5 10 15 20 25 30 35


'No.1 - North American P-51D Mustang'
by Richard Ward
[ISBN 0 668 02093 8, First published: Sept 1968]

In USAAF-USAF Service. (First edition on glossy paper).

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'No.2 - Republic P-47 Thunderbolt'
by Ernest R. McDowell
[ISBN 0 668 02095 4, First published: Oct 1968]

In USAAF-RAF & Foreign Service.

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'No.3 - North American Mustang'
by Richard Ward
[ISBN 0 668 02097 0, First published: Nov 1968]

In the RAF-RAAF-SAAF-RNZAF-RCAF & Foreign Service.

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'No.4 - Supermarine Spitfire Mk I-XVI'
by Ted Hooton
[ISBN 0 668 02099 7, First published: Jan 1969]

In RAF-SAAF-RAAF-RNZAF-RCAF & Foreign Service.

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'No.5 - North American P-51B/C Mustang'
by Ernest R McDowell
[ISBN 0 668 02101 2, First published: Apr 1969]

In USAAF Service. 52 pages.

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'No.6 - Curtiss Kittyhawk Mk.I-IV'
by Christopher Shores
[ISBN 0 668 02103 9, First published: Mar 1969]

In RAF-SAAF-RAAF-RNZAF-RCAF-NEIAF Service.

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'No.7 - Curtiss P-40D-N Warhawk'
by Christopher Shores
[ISBN 0 668 02105 5, First published: May 1969]

In USAAF-French and Foreign Service.

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'No.8 - Supermarine Spitfire Mk.12-24 and Supermarine Seafire Mk.1-47'
by E R Hooton
[ISBN 0 668 02107 1, First published: July 1969]

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'No.9 - Spad Scouts SVII-SXIII'
by J. M. Bruce
[ISBN 0 668 02110 1, First published: Dec 1969]

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'No.10 - Lockheed P-38 Lightning'
by Ernest R. McDowell
[ISBN 0 668 02113 6, First published: Dec 1969]

In USAAF-French-Italian-Chinese Nationalist Service.

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'No.11 - Consolidated B-24D-M Liberator'
by Ernest R. McDowell
[ISBN 0 668 02115 2, First published: Jan 1970]

In USAAF-RAF-RAAF-MLD-IAF-CzechAF & CNAF Service. PB4Y-1/2 Privateer in USN-USMC-Aeronavale & CNAF Service.

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'No.12 - Avro Lancaster'
by Brian Goulding & Mike Garbett
[ISBN 0 668 02117 9, First published: Jan 1970]

In Unit Service.

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'No.13 - Battle of Britain'
by Christopher Shores
[ISBN 0 668 02119 5, First published: Jan 1969]

Hawker Hurricane, Supermarine Spitfire, Messerschmitt Bf.109.

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'No.14 - Finnish Air Force 1918-1968'
by Christopher F. Shores
[ISBN 0 668 02121 7, First published: 1969]

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'No.15 - Nakajima Ki.43 Hayabusa I-III'
by Richard M Bueschel
[ISBN 0 668 02292 2, First published: Feb 1970]

In Japanese Army Air Force-RTAF-CAF-IPSF Service.

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'No.16 - Republic F/RF-84F Thunderstreak/Thunderflash'
by Ernest R McDowell
[ISBN 0 668 02294 9, First published: Dec 1970]

In USAF-BAF-RNorAF-RNethAF-Luft-FrenchAF-TAF-CNAF & RDAF Service.

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'No.17 - Boeing B-17B-H Flying Fortress'
by Ernest R. McDowell
[ISBN 0 668 02296 5, First published: Aug 1970]

In USAAF-USAF-USN-USMC-USCG-RAF-French-Danish-Portuguese-IDF/AF-Dominican & Brazilian AF Service.

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'No.18 - Mitsubishi A6M1/2/-2N Zero-Sen (Vol.1)'
by Richard M Bueschel
[ISBN 0 668 02298 1, First published: 1970]

In Imperial Japanese Naval Air Service.

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'No.19 - North American F-86A-L Sabre'
by Alex Imrie
[ISBN 0 668 02301 5, First published: July 1978]

In USAF & Foreign Service.

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'No.20 - Nakajima Ki.27A-B, Manshu Ki.79A-B'
by Richard M Bueschel
[ISBN 0 668 02302 3, First published: 1970]

In Japanese Army Air Force-Manchoukuo-IPSF-RACAF-PLAAF & CAF Service.

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'No.21 - Sharkmouth 1916-1945 (Vol.1)'
by Richard Ward
[ISBN 0 668 02225 6, First published: Aug 1970]

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'No.22 - Sharkmouth 1945-1970 (Vol.2)'
by Richard Ward
[ISBN 0 668 02328 7, First published: Sep 1970]

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'No.23 - Grumman F6F-3/5 Hellcat'
by Richard M. Hill
[ISBN 0 668 02306 6, First published: Feb 1971]

In USN-USMC-FAA-Aeronavale & Uruguayan Service.

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'No.24 - Canadair Sabre Mk.1-6, Commonwealth Sabre Mk.30-32 (Vol.2)'
by Gerard W Joos
[ISBN 0 668 02305 8, First published: Feb 1971]

In RCAF-RAF-RAAF-SAAF-Luftwaffe & Foreign Service.

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'No.25 - Luftwaffe Colour Schemes and Markings 1935-45 Volume 1'
by Martin Windrow
[ISBN 0 668 02307 4, First published: Mar 1971]

(Fighters and Ground Attack types).

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'No.26 - Luftwaffe Colour Schemes and Markings 1935-45 Volume 2'
by Martin Windrow
[ISBN 0 668 02308 2, First published: Dec 1971]

(Bombers, Reconnaissance, Maritime, Training and Liaison types).

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'No.27 - Kawasaki Ki.61/Ki.100 Hien'
by Robert M. Bueschel
[ISBN 0 668 02310 4, First published: Dec 1971]

In Japanese Army Air Force Service.

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'No.28 - Vought F4U-1/7 Corsair'
by Robert Kopitzke
[ISBN 0 668 02314 7, First published: Dec 1971]

In USMC-USN-FAA-Aeronavale & Foreign Service.

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'No.29 - Aerobatic Teams 1950-1970 Volume 1'
by Richard Ward
[ISBN 0 668 02309 0, First published: Jan 1971]

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'No.30 - Czechoslovakian Air Force 1918-1970'
by Zdenek Titz
[ISBN 0 668 02322 8, First published: 1971]

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'No.31 - Hawker Hunter F.1/T.66'
by Francis K. Mason
[ISBN 0 668 02311 2, First published: Dec 1971]

In Royal Air Force & Foreign Service.

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'No.32 - North American B-25A/J Mitchell'
by Ernest R. McDowell
[ISBN 0 668 02312 0, First published: Dec 1971]

In USAAF-USMC-RAF-Free French-NEIAF, Kon. Marine & Foreign Service.

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'No.33 - Hawker Hurricane Mk.I/IV'
by Christopher Shores
[ISBN 0 668 02316 3, First published: July 1979]

In Royal Air Force & Foreign Service.

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'No.34 - McDonnell-Douglas A-4A/L Skyhawk'
by Richard Ward
[ISBN 0 668 02313 9, First published: 1972]

In USN-US Marine Corps-Royal Australian Navy & Royal New Zealand Air Force service

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US titles from No.35 onwards were simply the UK edition with a "sticky label" in the corner giving the series number. The following numbers are known:

'No.38 - De Havilland Mosquito'
'No.40 - Vought F-8 Crusader'
'No.43 - English Electric (BAC) Lightning'
'No.44 - McDonnell F-4 Phantom II Vol.1'
'No.45 - De Havilland Vampire F.1-T.55'
'No.51 - 50 Fighters 1938-1945 Vol.1'
'No.52 - McDonnell F-4 Phantom II Vol.2'
'No.53 - 50 Fighters 1939-1945 Vol.2'
'No.54 - Messerschmitt Bf 109B,C,D,E,F,G In Luftwaffe & Finnish Service Vol.4'



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