This is a guide to over 100 of the fighters that have helped shape history, including the Fokker Dr.I Triplane, Hawker Hurricane, Messerschmitt Bf109, North American P/F-51 Mustang, Supermarine Spitfire, and many more. It includes detailed specification boxes for every aircraft listed, with up-to-date information about country of origin, first flight, power, armament, size, weights and performance. It also includes a history of fighter aircraft, from anecdotes about the first flying aces to fighter armament and equipment during World War II. It features 300 identification photographs from the world-famous Imperial War Museum Photograph Archive, many rarely previously published. It is a must-have reference book for anyone interested in the classic history-making aircraft of the world. Fighter planes have played a crucial role in history: they have won wars, prevented wars, and defended nations from aggressors. This book is a fully illustrated guide to over 100 of these history-making machines. It covers the complete history of fighter aircraft, then offers a substantial A-Z guide brimming with information and often rare photographs of classic fighter aircraft, including the Fokker Triplane, Bristol Fighter, Spitfire and P-51 Mustang. Detailed specification boxes are featured for every aircraft listed. This fully illustrated book features 300 images, and provides enthusiasts and historians with key information about the fighters of the two World Wars.