A recent release in Germany is the book 1000 Flugzeuge (1000 aircraft) from the publisher Naumann & Göbel Verlagsgesellschaft mbH in Germany.
The book was prepared by Jung Medienpartners at Limburg, Germany and seems to be a quite low budget project. The title more than covers the contents since in fact well OVER 1000 different aircraft types are described. You cannot expect of course in-depth sections on the history of each individual aircraft type described in such kind of book and in fact only a few lines are given including some technical details. It is a pity that no separate photo descriptions are given, but this just does not seem to be possible for such a project! What the people at Jung have done is really amazing. They have collected from different sources (and these are MANY!) photographs, most of them in colour and of good quality and seem to have obtained most technical/historical data from Internet. Except for an introduction and an index, the book is divided in nine different chapters for:
Passenger and transport planes
Sport and training planes
Flying boats and amphibians
Fighters and fighter-bombers
Military transport planes
Although the choice is sometimes arbitrary, a good review of aviation history is given, although emphasis is laid on the period 1930-up to the present.
In its encyclopedic form, it is not a book for the free-time aviation historian with a special field of interest, but for everybody being an aviation fan! The book is A4 size with hard-bound cover with 336 pages on high quality paper.
Even if you do not master the German language, the book is interesting enough just for the pictures. However, most staggering about this book is its price. Where you expect some EURO 40-50 at least, the book is brought on the market for a price of only EURO 14.95. For this money, it really is a good buy!!
Sample publication provided by Naumann & Göbel Verlagsgesellschaft mbH.