Forthcoming Portugese Fighter Colours NEW ART

Portuguese Fighter Colours 1919-1956

White • 2016
AuthorsLuiz Armando Tavares, Armando Jorge Soares
IllustratorZygmunt Szeremeta, Chris Sandham-Bailey, Karolina Hołda, JP Vieira, Artur Juszczak
Release date2016-03-11
CategoryAvailable CategoryDostępne
FormatA4, 240 pages (240 in colour)
Price169.00 PLN Price35.00 GBP

This volume describes and illustrates the colours and markings of all the piston-engine fighters that served with the Portuguese military from the end of WW1 to the 1960s. A small nation with modest-sized air arms, Portugal nonetheless used a wide variety of iconic fighter aircraft over this period, from the SPAD S.VII of WW1 to the F-47 Thunderbolt after WW2. French, British and American aircraft were used, including such famous types as the Hawker Fury and Hurricane, the Spitfire and the Bell P-39 Airacobra. This profusely illustrated book covers all these aircraft, with brief details of their service use and comprehensive details of the colours and markings they carried. Besides the many photographs, full colour profiles illustrate the markings used. Detailed colour notes and precise description and illustration of national markings over the period complete a book that will be invaluable to aircraft enthusiasts, historians and modellers.


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    Portuguese Fighter Colors 1919-1956 Piston-engine Fighters

    Published: May 17th, 2016      
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    Author: Luiz Armando Tavares, Armando Jorge Soares
    Reviewed by: 
    Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
    Company: MMP Books
    ISBN #: 978-8363678456
    Other Publication Information: A4, 240 pages, hardcover, abundant period pictures (b&w), and color profiles
    Price: $69.00
    Product / Stock #: White Series 9130


    The Portuguese Air Force might have been modest in size before the jet-age, but certainly was rich in the variety of fighter airplanes they flew. Their fighter aircraft inventory included French, British and American designs, some of them acquired and pressed into service through very colorful circumstances!

    The book has chapters for each aircraft type in detail, including an introduction to the aircraft type and their service in the Portuguese Air Force, before having a section on camouflage and markings for the given aircraft being depicted in the chapter. After the section on camouflage styles and markings, the main feature of each chapter follows: numerous and gorgeous color profiles (sometime even 3-view) of different aircrafts, next to a historical picture of the airplane.

    This book covers all the fighter aircraft in the Portuguese Air Force between the end of WWI and the beginning of the jet era for Portuguese pilots. Specifically, the book includes: Spad S.7C1; Martinsyde F.4 and F.4A; Morane-Saulnier MS.133; MS.230 and MS.233; Hawker Fury Mk.I; Gloster Gladiator Mk.II; Curtiss Mohawk; Lockheed P-38 Lighting; Bell P-39 Aircobra; Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I and Mk.V; Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIB and MkIIC; Republic F-47 Thunderbolt; and Bristol Beaufighter Mk.X.

    The Portuguese Air Force did not see combat during WWII, and it kept a vigilant attitude towards both sides, and even Spain, protecting the air space over continental Portugal and more importantly the Azores. There is one confirmed case of Portuguese Fighters chasing away a German aircraft over continental Portugal, and one claim over the Azores. Some of the airplanes were acquired via unconventional methods. For instance, they had so many P-39 interned during WWII (often being ferried between the UK and North Africa), that they decided to setup a P-39 flight in the Portuguese Air Force.

    You can see a full preview of the book – including all the pages - at :

    Finally the book has a few appendices covering the following details: the Portuguese Air Force Markings and Insignia over the years; colors and camouflage details; identification and numbering system; evolution of the air arm in Portugal; and finally a very brief section on some Luftwaffe airplanes interned in Portugal.

    I’ve truly enjoyed reading this book. It is a great historical read; it has very good quality black-and-white pictures, and amazing color profiles.

    This book is highly recommended to historians, modelers and aviation aficionados.

    I would like to thank Mushroom Model Publications and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

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