Greg VanWyngarden has a lifelong interest in World War 1 aviation, and has been particularly active in deciphering the colors and markings that decorated the various German fighters flown by the leading aces. This is his third book for Osprey, having co-authored Fokker Dr I Aces with Norman Franks in 2001 and Fokker D VII Aces Pt 1 in 2002, again with Norman. The author lives in St Charles, Iowa.
"Part 2 deliberately avoids repeating coverage found in Part 1 (No 32 in the series), written several years previously by Norman Franks. Franks' book is organized by unit, while VanWyngarden takes a chronological approach. Both contain the usual color profiles and planform drawings. Chris Savaglio's technique for presenting natural wood in small scales...is ideal for the varnished wood finishes commonly seen on these attractive aircraft." --Aerospace Modeler (January 2009)"[Aircraft of the Aces books] are so extremely well-written that it makes them very easy to read . . . All of the books have terrific color plates, with views of the profile, top of the wing and tail, followed by a more detailed description of the plate, by number, at the end of the book. For those of you who are into modeling or painting your counters, these books are a 'must have.' The color plates detail individual color schemes by squadron, individual pilots, as well as by the plane's home airfield. These books also have a glut of black and white photographs throughout . . . an excellent addition to your collection and I strongly recommend them." --Aerodrome"This lavish 96 page production is quite simply excellent . . . very highly recommended." --Model Mart"Almost every page of the book has interesting black & white photographs of either the pilots, the airfields or the Albatros itself. The author does discuss each of the plane's strengths and weaknesses as expressed by the pilots themselves, as well as the factories which produced the aircraft. Being an Osprey book, there is also an eleven-page set of color plates of various Albatros showing the paint schemes used by specific aces -- some from the side and some from the top. These are a nice reference for those looking to make their own counters for the game of Dawn Patrol." --Earl Leyda, Aerodrome