This book is a photographic look at classic prop-driven water bombers, cargo carriers, and prop aircraft activities in South America. Some of the aircraft covered in volume two are the Catalina, Mars, CL-215, Conair Firecat (Grumman S-2), A-26, P2V, C-46 and more.
Chapter one is a photo essay on the various ex-warplanes and civil airliners that now make their living as fire bombers. Almost half of the book is devoted to these aircraft. I particularly enjoyed the photo coverage of the Martin Mars and other former warplanes converted to battle man’s oldest enemy, fire!
Chapter two covers Russian and Chinese built aircraft, with large photo coverage of the AN-2. In addition to the Colt, we are presented with photos of IL-18, An-8 and 24s, and Xian Y-7s.
Chapter three covers operations in South America. Here are some classic C-46s and DC-3s. Also photographically covered are more modern Soviet designs used in South America.
Volume two concludes with chapter four covering cargo operations utilizing vintage prop liners. While there are pictures here from all over the world, heaviest coverage is given to those in Alaska and Canada.
The book will appeal to the aviation historian, aircraft buff, and modeler alike. The book contains many photos that can provide the modeler with a very different livery or way to paint and mark some of their aircraft models. How about a Buffalo Airways or Evarts Air Fuel C-46? I can also recommend the book to anyone who likes seeing photographs of these old warriors and passenger planes soldiering on in operations different from what they were designed for. The book is available from Specialty Press through their website above. My thanks go to Specialty Press for the review copy and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.