Bristol F2 Fighter Aces of World War I by Jon Guttman

By Jon Guttman

This is often the historical past of the simplest Allied fighter-destroyer of worldwide struggle I and the pilots who flew it. a variety of ace groups earned the 'Biff' grudging admire from its German rivals, because the crews operated the aircraft now not as a customary two-seater, yet as a single-seat with a 'sting within the tail' within the type of a rear gunner with a Lewis laptop gun. This publication charts the improvement of the aircraft from its inauspicious beginnings to the revised version working with a brand new type of strategies. a variety of first-hand debts and strive against reviews provide a desirable perception into the strive against reviews of the pilots themselves.

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Where once the artist struggled to assimilate Chinese elements, now many of his visual ideas come ultimately from Europe. Artists now sought to produce real portraits of sitters rather than to paint idealised moon faced types. They also rendered light and shadow more realistically. However, only an imperceptive fool would mistake a Qa¯ja¯r (or a Mughal) painting for a work of Western art and, most often, those ‘Western’ influences came not directly from the West, but were filtered via Indian Mughal art.

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