Hardback with pictorial dust jacket and boards, it is in very good condition. It contains a foreword by Air Marshall J E Johnson and an index. To produce any history of the Royal Air Force is a daunting task, but to compile such a comprehensive, fully illustrated edition as this is surely an achievement that few, if any, previous books have been able to match. From the early days of balloons and experimental flying machines, through two world wars, international incidents from the 'Cold War' to the Falklands and 'Desert Storm' campaigns and beyond, this outstanding volume, two years in the making, follows the developments of the Royal Air Force right up to the present day. The text is accompanied by over 600 black and white and full-colour photographs and illustrations, many of which have never previously been published in book form. Each photograph s complemented by by a fully-detailed caption to create a fascinating and absorbing volume containing a veritable wealth of information that makes this volume essential reading for historians, aviation enthusiasts and plane spotters alike.