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Early Canadian Military Aircraft Volume 1

Early Canadian Military Aircraft Volume 1 Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review May 2011 Title Early Canadian Military Aircraft Volume 1
Author John Griffin and Anthony Stachiw Publisher Aviaeology
Published 2011 ISBN 978-0-9780696-6-7
Format 296 pages, hardbound MSRP (USD) $59.00


The folks at Aviaeology sent over this interesting title - Early Canadian Military Aircraft. This is Volume 1 in a new series that covers early Canadian military aviation, this title starting from the beginning through 1920. The title provides some very nice coverage of seven early aircraft and for each aircraft, the authors provide a summary of the type, in-service data (role, quantity, period of service, locations assigned), performance specifications, in-depth history of service with period photography, details of each tail/serial number, and a large selection of beautiful color profiles. The aircraft covered in this title include:

  • Avro 504K/L
  • de Havilland DH.9A
  • RAF SE.5a
  • Curtiss HS-2L
  • Bristol F.2B
  • Curtiss JN-4
  • Fairey IIIC Transatlantic


According to the publisher, there are over 120 rare photographs in this title, 122 color profiles like those above, and lots of great historical research on each type. In addition, the appendices are worth their own weight in gold as they provide:

  • Early regulations for aircraft markings with updates
  • Color specification tables in CYMK, sRGB, and Pantone
  • Aircraft doping instructions
  • Catalogue of Alphanumeric Styles
  • Line drawings of each aircraft type
  • Maps of early Canadian air stations

The print quality is excellent, as is the binding and paper quality. The publishers intended for this to become a definitive reference title and they did an excellent job of providing high quality in all aspects of this book's production.

This is an impressive work and it is priced very conservatively considering the quality of this title. This is a must-have addition for the military aviation historian as well as for the modeler.

This title is highly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Aviaeology for this review sample!


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