Renowned aviation photographer Philip Makanna has captured the essence of an era in GHOSTS of THE GREAT WAR , a hardbound book that weaves his stunning color photographs with an extraordinary collection of archival duotones. In this edition, Makanna's images depict the beginnings of military aviation with Bleriot's wing-warping Model XI, Fokker's "Spider", a web of wires and wood, and Sopwith's simple seaplane racer. The book continues through to the advanced aircraft that appeared at the war's end.
Javier Arango has written a passionate and informative text which describes these
extremely rare aircraft and the history of their development. Arango also offers
a unique perspective as he writes about the flight characteristics of these aircraft
from his personal experiences as their pilot.
Stunning images and evocative words combine to describe the beauty, the romance and
the tragedy of military aviation's early days. Included in this new book are the
timeless words of Cecil Lewis who, in 1915, plunged into the war as an eager seventeen-year-old.
His poetry and wisdom guide the reader through this complex of experiences and emotions
that changed the world forever.
The ancient flying machines featured in GHOSTS of THE GREAT WAR form
the Aeroplane Collection, one of the largest collections of flyable World War One
aircraft in existence. The Collection, based in California, is currently home for
21 aircraft of the WWI period. Of these, seventeen different types are fully airworthy.