60 Years of Combat Aircraft: From World War One to Vietnam War One.

Author:Marquiss, Scott

60 Years of Combat Aircraft: From World War One to Vietnam War One. By Bruno Pautigny. Paris: Histoire and Collections, 2010. Illustrations. Pp. 160. $38.00 (Amazon) ISBN: 978-2-35250-117-2

A self-taught illustrator, Bruno Pautigny began his career in a small advertising agency. As his career progressed, other agencies followed with assignments varying from advertising copy to medical textbooks. As a general illustrator, he enjoyed illustrating automobiles and other mechanical devices. Growing tired of the pressure within the print industry, he switched to working for several book publishers. Later Revell Inc., maker of plastic models, approached him about illustrating box art for their upcoming aviation releases. He also has illustrated articles in France's Wing Master, a plastic-modeler magazine. While creating for Revell and Wing Master, Pautigny created over 400 aircraft illustrations used in French aviation profiles. The majority of the book's illustrations are from these profiles.

60 Years of Combat Aircraft is a thin "coffee table book" with slick pages. Having no dust jacket, Bruno's skills of illustration leap off the cover as you hold the book--from a Fokker Dr. I Triplane in one corner to a McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II in the other. The book's five chapters are titled "World War I," "World War II," "The Fifties," "The Sixties," and "Concerning Illustrations"; within each, a sub-chapter of aircraft of individual nations of the period is shown. Interestingly, a sub-chapter of the "The Fifties" is Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French-Israeli plan for the invasion of Egypt to capture the Suez Canal. Concerning Illustrations has a discussion about how German aircraft of a different era are illustrated legally today. Each chapter's...

To continue reading