Warbirds Alive claims to list the Top 25 flyable warbirds as voted by visitors to a vintage aviation website. While it does discuss those warbirds in detail, it is also is a great primer on the vintage warbird scene.
The introduction of the book is a great read on warbirds, recoveries, and the men who have dedicated their lives to saving these planes. Not only is this an interesting saga, but also it is well illustrated with many photos both in color and black and white. Some current, some vintage, but all interesting! The introduction was the highlight of the book for me, and the photos were amazing.
The next section of the book is a chapter each dedicated to the Top 25. They are as follows:
Each chapter tells the history of the specific aircraft and is will illustrated with many photographs. Well I tend to disagree with some of the choices in the Top 25; where is the Canadian Warplane Heritage Lancaster, it is an interesting overview of the worldwide warbird population.
Lastly, there is a short Appendix with a listing of some warbird recoveries and then a nice photo gallery with more warbird photos, both vintage and current.
I loved this book. I highly recommend it to any warbird fan.
Thanks to Specialty Press and John Noack for the review copy.