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Classic Warbirds

The Classic Warbirds series of softcover books focusses on World War Two aircraft, often with Australian or New Zealand bias. Each issue contains up to 64 pages, with many black and white photographs and line drawings, and some superb colour profiles. The layout and photograph reproduction is first class, making these volumes very good value for the money. The articles are well written, including voluminous picture captions. While most issues cover a single topic, numbers 6 to 9 contain 3-4 articles on a range of topics.

Publisher: Ventura Publications, New Zealand Language: English
48-72 pages, Softback, A4 size, b+w photos, colour photos, colour profiles, line drawings.


Quick jump: 1 5 10 15


'No.1 - Spitfire: Star of Israel'
by Alex Yofe
[ISBN 0 9583594 0 7, First published: 1996]

48 pages, 88 b+w photos, 4 tone profiles, 1 tone 3-view, 14 colour profiles, 2 colour 3-views, 2 pages scale line drawings.

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'No.2 - Spitfire: The ANZACS, The RAF through Colonial eyes'
by Malcolm Laird and Steve MacKenzie
[ISBN 0958359415, First published: 2000]

48 pages.

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'No.3 - American Spitfire Camouflage & Markings Part 1'
by Paul Ludwig and Malcolm Laird
[ISBN 0958359431, First published: 2001]

72 pages.

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'No.4 - American Spitfire Camouflage & Markings Part 2'
by Paul Ludwig and Malcolm Laird
[ISBN 095835944X, First published: 2001]

72 pages.

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'No.5 - From D-Day to Victory! Fighters in Europe 1944-45'
by Malcolm Laird
[ISBN 0958359423, First published: 2001]

64 pages.

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'No.6 - Early Mk.IXs, Pacific Corsairs, Green Ghost Beaufighters'
by -
[ISBN 0958359458, First published: 2002]

Covers RAAF Beaufighter Mk 21; early examples of RAF Spitfire Mk IX; New Zealand operated Corsairs.
64 pages, 84 b+w photos, 8 pages colour profiles.

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'No.7 - USAAF Spitfires, Bader's Mk.V, RAAF B-24s, Boomerangs'
by -
[ISBN 0958359474, First published: 2002]

Covers Bader's NZ wingman; American Spitfires; Japanese surrender schemes; Australian Boomerangs & B-24's.
64 pages, 89 b+w photos, 7 colour photos, 6 pages colour profiles.

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'No.8 - Pacific Twins: P-38 Lightnings, B-25 Mitchells, PV-1 Venturas'
by -
[ISBN 0958229635, First published: 2002]

Covers three of the great 'Twins' of the Pacific War: the P-38 Lightning, the B-25 Mitchell and the PV-1 Ventura.
64 pages, 85 b+w photos, 8 pages colour artwork.

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'No.9 - Fighter Archive: Avia S-199, Nightfighters, Luftwaffe Archive'
by -
[ISBN 0958229643, First published: 2002]

Covers the Avia S-199; Polish Beaufighters and Mosquitoes and a gallery of Luftwaffe fighter photographs.
64 pages, 70 b+w photos, 12 colour photos, 11 pages colour artwork.

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'No.10 - Merlin PR Spitfires'
by Wojtek Matusiak
[ISBN 0 9582296 2 7, First published: Mar 2007]

Covers photo-reconnaissance Spitfires
64 pages, 77 b+w photos, 7 colour photos, 19 colour profiles.

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'No.11 - Merlin PR Spitfires in detail'
by -
[ISBN 0958229651, First published: Mar 2007]

64 pages.

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