Peter M. Bowers began to build model airplanes soon after Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic in 1927. He began to write for publication in the mid-1930s when the editors of model aviation publications, including Model Airplane News, asked him to write articles and draw up plans for his outstanding models.
From 1940 to 1942, he studied aeronautical engineering at the prestigious Boeing School of Aeronautics, and he began to amass one of the largest, most comprehensive, private collections of airplane photos in the world. Scale Aircraft Drawings—Volume II: World War II draws extensively on this collection.
After five years in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a Maintenance and Technical Intelligence Officer, he joined the Boeing Airplane Company as an engineer, and he retired in 1983 after 361/2 years. Meanwhile, his model building had expanded to include the design and construction of pilot-carrying, "home-built" airplanes. His single-seat Fly Baby won the national EAA design contest in 1962, and he has been selling plans to amateur builders ever since.
Over the years, his many books and magazine articles have led to his worldwide recognition as an aviation historian, model builder and airplane designer.
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Scale Aircraft Drawings—WW II—Volume II
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