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Chinese Air Power in the 20th Century

Rise of the Red Dragon

Andreas Rupprecht



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Harpia Publishing, LLC
01 December 2019
History; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; Military history; Air forces & warfare; Military aircraft
The international community has not only acknowledged China's continuing rise as a world power but has also closely observed Beijing regain its place in the international community and grow to become a dominant player in the Far East. Despite the difficulty in obtaining relevant information, Harpia's Modern Chinese Warplanes series has filled an important void in recent years, focusing on the current situation, the structure of this growing force, its order of battle, and the latest types in service and under development. Chinese Air Power in the 20th Century examines the different periods, explains the political events behind them and they connect to military developments, individual structure and capabilities. This comprehensive directory provides a lavishly illustrated, in-depth analysis and overview of the historical gestation of the PLAAF and its path to becoming the modern air arm we know today. The title also includes an assessment of how the political climate influenced the design and development of the country's major military aircraft including the fighters, attack aircraft and bombers created by the Chinese aviation industry after World War II. This also includes a number of design proposals which, for various reasons, were rejected or abandoned.
By:   Andreas Rupprecht
Imprint:   Harpia Publishing, LLC
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 287mm,  Width: 210mm, 
ISBN:   9781950394005
ISBN 10:   195039400X
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 December 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Andreas has been interested in China's culture, history and aviation for decades and began writing in 2007. His first publication was a three-part series on the Chinese aviation industry and its projects, published by Germany's FliegerRevue. This was later expanded and published in English as The Dragon's Wings (2013). With Harpia Publishing he produced Modern Chinese Warplanes - a comprehensive directory of the PLAAF's structure, order of battle and current operational systems, published in 2012. This was complemented by the more strategically focused Flashpoint China in 2016 and the original research is now being completely revised in three parts covering Naval Aviation (2018), the PLAAF (2018) and soon, for the first time, the PLA Army Aviation (2019). He also works as a Chinese military aviation researcher and China news reporter for AirForces Monthly, Air International, Combat Aircraft and Flug Revue.

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