Latin American Fighters Book Review
|Date of Review||July 2016||Title||Latin American Fighters|
|Author||Iñigo Guevara y Moyano||Publisher||Harpia Publishing, LLC|
|Format||256 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$64.95|
Few regions rival Latin America for its astonishingly diverse, colorful array of warplanes since World War II.
And you instantly realize that when perusing Harpia’s exceptionally entertaining Latin American Fighters: A History of Fighter Jets in Service with Latin American Air Arms – available again from North American distributor Casemate.
Coverage courses alphabetically through 17 countries. And within chapters, author Guevara y Moyano logically segregates each by aircraft type – including purchase, service, losses, upgrades and history. Accompanying tables catalog corresponding quantities, subtypes, delivery dates and known serial numbers. “Fighters”, by the way, include armed trainers – like Lockheed’s T-33 and Embraer’s EMB-326.
With over 210 B&W and color photos, modelers and markings enthusiasts will especially appreciate this terrific tome. A helpful appendix even lists most – but not all – kits and decals available.
It doesn’t even demand sequential reading, either. I happily skipped from Argentina and Venezuela to Peru and the Dominican Republic – before consuming the rest. This encyclopedic effort utterly encourages sampling and savoring!
I loved Latin American Fighters. Harpia’s cool compendium promises endless enjoyment for military aviation enthusiasts. Now how about a companion volume on Latin American piston-engine fighters?
With thanks to Casemate for the review copy.