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Air Power And The Arab World 1909-1955

Volume 2: Military Flying Services in the Arab Countries, 1916-1918

Air Power And The Arab World 1909-1955 : Volume 2: Military Flying Services in the Arab Countries, 1916-1918

Series : Middle East@War

Author : Dr David Nicolle

Paperback Helion & Company 291mm x 210mm 72 pages 100 b/w photos, 15 colour profiles, 6 maps

Not yet published - in Spring 2020 list

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At a time when multiple wars are raging across much of the Middle East, it is almost forgotten that it was Abu al-Qasim Abbas ibn Firnas ibn Wirdas at-Takurni – an Andalusian inventor, physician and engineer – who was the first person to undertake experiments in flying with any degree of success.  That was back in the 9th Century A.D.  Nigh on a thousand years later the Arab World's critical strategic location made it almost inevitable that these regions would be drawn into the imperial rivalries of the leading European powers, while the Ottoman Empire struggled to maintain its existing position in the area.  This in turn meant that the first bombs to be dropped by military aircraft fell on Arab soil.  Not surprisingly, as the Arab countries slowly achieved their independence, they too wanted to have air forces.  In 1948 the first such Arab air forces were thrown into battle in an ill-fated attempt to keep Palestine as a primarily Arab country.

Based on decades of consistent research, but also newly available sources in both Arabic and various European languages, and richly illustrated with a wide range of authentic photography, Volume 2 of the ‘Air Power and the Arab World, 1909-1955’ mini-series continues the story of the men and machines of the first half century of military aviation in the Arab World.

 

"...a great introduction to the subject. And I can’t wait for the sequel." Cybermodeler

Additional Information

Publisher
Helion & Company
ISBN
9781913118761
Binding
Paperback
Book Size
291mm x 210mm
Pages
72 pages
Images
100 b/w photos, 15 colour profiles, 6 maps
Language
English text
Helion Book Code
HEL1203
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