The Big Book of X Bombers X Fighters

The Big Book of X Bombers   X Fighters

Specifications included for each aircraft include: Length Height Wingspan Empty weight Gross weight Maximum range Ceiling Maximum speed Armament In addition, veteran aviation author Steve Pace shows readers some of the designs that could ...

Author: Steve Pace

Publisher: Zenith Press

ISBN: 9780760351420

Category: History

Page: 360

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They're all here--every X-bomber and X-fighter since 1942. On October 2, 1942, the Bell XP-59 Airacomet soared up and away from present-day Edwards AFB, launching the US Army Air Forces into the Jet Age. In the several decades since, hundreds of new variations of experimental and test turbojet-powered bombers and fighters--X-bombers and X-fighters--have taken explosive flight. These aircraft blazed a trail leading to today's B-2 Stealth Bomber and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Big Book of X-Bombers & X-Fighters showcases all of the USAF jet-powered X-bombers and X-fighters that have flown since 1942--more than 90 in all, including the alphabet soup of their variants. From experimental to prototype service bombers and fighters--from the XB-43 to the B-2A and the XP-59A to the F-35A--they're all here, with their inside stories revealed. Some of these aircraft were further developed. Others were canceled. All stretched the performance and design envelopes. More than 250 photos illustrate all of these experimental aircrafts' cutting-edge features and zeroes in on histories of their design, flight testing, and weapons testing. Specification tables detailing performance, design, and armaments help round out this compendium of information on truly groundbreaking aviation designs. X-bombers and X-fighters in The Big Book of X-Bombers & X-Fighters include: Bell P-59 Airacomet Republic P/F-84 Thunderjet Douglas B-43 Jetmaster North American B-45 Tornado Boeing B-47 Stratojet Curtiss P/F-87 Blackhawk McDonnell P/F-85 Goblin Convair P/F-92 "Dart" Northrop F-17 Cobra Boeing B-1 Lancer And all the rest! Specifications included for each aircraft include: Length Height Wingspan Empty weight Gross weight Maximum range Ceiling Maximum speed Armament In addition, veteran aviation author Steve Pace shows readers some of the designs that could have been and offers a peek into what might be lurking in the future, making this the definitive guide to USAF jet-powered experimental aircraft!
Categories: History

The Projects of Skunk Works

The Projects of Skunk Works

The Big Book of X-Bombers and X-Fighters: JetPowered Experimental Aircraft and Their Propulsive Systems. Zenith Press. 2016. Rich, Ben R., and Janos, Leo. Skunk Works. Back Bay Books. 1996. Suhler, Paul A. From Rainbow to Gusto: Stealth ...

Author: Steve Pace

Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)

ISBN: 9780760350324

Category: History

Page: 256

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The stories behind more than 50 secret projects undertaken by the famed Lockheed Martin Skunk Works on behalf of the US Armed Forces, DARPA, and the CIA - all illustrated with official Skunk Works photography and commissioned artworks. Hatched in June 1943 after a special request of the US Army Air Forces to develop a turbojet-powered fighter to counter growing German threats, Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works has gone on to develop remarkable aeronautical and space technologies, including stealth. Some have made it into production, while others never quite made it off drafting boards and computer screens, but proved fascinating nonetheless. This generously illustrated history tackles Skunk Works programs ranging from jet fighters and jet engines to missiles and rockets, helicopters, research aircraft, airships, unmanned aerial vehicles and recon drones, and even the seagoing stealth ship Sea Shadow - more than 50 in all. Author Steve Pace examines the historical context which led government organizations to approach the Skunk Works, as well as the technologies and projects developed there (often on a handshake and unburdened by bureaucracies), and the anecdotes and legends associated with each program. Pace includes official Skunk Works photography of the projects taken both at its headquarters and at test facilities such as Area 51. In addition, commissioned color artworks help further illustrate many of these projects featured herein. In addition to profiling legendary aircraft like the F-80, F-94, F-104, U-2, SR-71, F-117, and F-35, Pace takes on more obscure projects from the past as well as those still to come, such as the hypersonic SR-72 and High Speed Strike Weapon, and even offers a peak into what the future might hold with the proposed TR-X.
Categories: History

The Projects of Skunk Works

The Projects of Skunk Works

The stories behind more than 50 secret projects undertaken by the famed Lockheed Martin Skunk Works on behalf of the US Armed Forces, DARPA, and the CIA - all illustrated with official Skunk Works photography and commissioned artworks.

Author: Steve Pace

Publisher: Zenith Press

ISBN: 9780760351574

Category: History

Page: 256

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The stories behind more than 50 secret projects undertaken by the famed Lockheed Martin Skunk Works on behalf of the US Armed Forces, DARPA, and the CIA - all illustrated with official Skunk Works photography and commissioned artworks. Hatched in June 1943 after a special request of the US Army Air Forces to develop a turbojet-powered fighter to counter growing German threats, Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works has gone on to develop remarkable aeronautical and space technologies, including stealth. Some have made it into production, while others never quite made it off drafting boards and computer screens, but proved fascinating nonetheless. This generously illustrated history tackles Skunk Works programs ranging from jet fighters and jet engines to missiles and rockets, helicopters, research aircraft, airships, unmanned aerial vehicles and recon drones, and even the seagoing stealth ship Sea Shadow - more than 50 in all. Author Steve Pace examines the historical context which led government organizations to approach the Skunk Works, as well as the technologies and projects developed there (often on a handshake and unburdened by bureaucracies), and the anecdotes and legends associated with each program. Pace includes official Skunk Works photography of the projects taken both at its headquarters and at test facilities such as Area 51. In addition, commissioned color artworks help further illustrate many of these projects featured herein. In addition to profiling legendary aircraft like the F-80, F-94, F-104, U-2, SR-71, F-117, and F-35, Pace takes on more obscure projects from the past as well as those still to come, such as the hypersonic SR-72 and High Speed Strike Weapon, and even offers a peak into what the future might hold with the proposed TR-X.
Categories: History

Lockheed SR 71 Blackbird

Lockheed SR 71 Blackbird

The author has closely researched this extraordinarily advanced family of aircraft and this book includes full details of their design, manufacture and thirty-year service with the American Central Intelligence Agency, Us Air Force ...

Author: Steve Pace

Publisher: Crowood Press

ISBN: 1861266979

Category: History

Page: 200

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Describes the design, production, evolution, and operation of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.
Categories: History

Air Force Magazine

Air Force Magazine

P ERSONALLY , and in behalf of the Air Force , I wanted to pay tribute to the night fighters of the past and the modern ... The P - 61 was equipped with a 4 x 20 mm cannon in the nose and a remote control turret which contained 4 x 50 ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105008375516

Category: Aeronautics

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Categories: Aeronautics

The Statesman s Year Book 1992 93

The Statesman s Year Book  1992 93

Major auxiliaries include 1 oiler, 1 repair ship, 4 transports, 4 survey and rescue, 1 training frigate and 5 tugs. ... The AM-X fighter-bomber, jointly developed by Italy and Brazil, is now entering service in a new group; ...

Author: B. Hunter

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230271210

Category: Political Science

Page: 1744

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The classic reference work that provides annually updated information on the countries of the world.
Categories: Political Science

The Cutting Edge

The Cutting Edge

The proposition that innovation is critical in the cost-effective design and development of successful military aircraft is still subject to some debate.

Author: Mark A. Lorell

Publisher: Rand Corporation

ISBN: 9780833048608

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 245

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The proposition that innovation is critical in the cost-effective design and development of successful military aircraft is still subject to some debate. RAND research indicates that innovation is promoted by intense competition among three or more industry competitors. Given the critical policy importance of this issue in the current environment of drastic consolidation of the aerospace defense industry, the authors here examine the history of the major prime contractors in developing jet fighters since World War II. They make use of an extensive RAND database that includes nearly all jet fighters, fighter-attack aircraft, and bombers developed and flown by U.S. industry since 1945, as well as all related prototypes, modifications, upgrades, etc. The report concludes that (1) experience matters, because of the tendency to specialize and thus to develop system-specific expertise; (2) yet the most dramatic innovations and breakthroughs came from secondary or marginal players trying to compete with the industry leaders; and (3) dedicated military R&D conducted or directly funded by the U.S. government has been critical in the development of new higher-performance fighters and bombers.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Japanese Army Fighter Aces

Japanese Army Fighter Aces

MAJOR AIR COMBATS INVOLVING FIGHTER UNITS OF THE JAAF The list below is set out in six columns; ... this indicates the number and type of JAAF aircraft involved (eg, F x 4, B x 12 indicates four fighters and 12 bombers).

Author: Ikuhiko Hata

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9781461751182

Category: History

Page: 368

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In-depth review of Imperial Japanese Army Air Force fighter units and pilots Detailed study of equipment (e.g., the Zero fighter), operations from Pearl Harbor to kamikaze attacks, and pilots who achieved ace status Heavily illustrated with photos of pilots, aircraft, and unit insignia
Categories: History

Reach and Power

Reach and Power

Washington : Center for Air The Bomber in World War II . New York : Force History , 1992 . ... Great Aircraft Collections of the World . ... New York : Ballantine Books , Scarborough Books , 1982 . 1971 . Pace , Steve . X - Fighters .

Author: Ron Dick

Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office

ISBN: UOM:39015041926901

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 556

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This illustrated oversize vol. commemorates the 50th ann'y. of the creation of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) as a fully independent branch of the military in 1947. Covers the accomplishments and actions in the history of American aviation, which predates the creation of the USAF: from the era of the Wright biplanes before and through WWI; the years of development between 1919 and 1941; the harrowing maturation of the force during WWII's global fight; the creation of the service itself; its tempering during the Berlin Airlift and the Korean War; the long watch of the Cold War; the grueling conflict in Southeast Asia; the rebuilding of the force in the 1970s and 1980s; air power's triumph in the Gulf War, and its use since then for both humanitarian and combat operations.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Bomber Command

Bomber Command

Chapter X Chapter XI Bomber Command Headquarters, Buckinghamshire Conflict and Compromise, 1943–44 ....................201 1. ... B Specifications and performance of the principal aircraft of Bomber Command and Luftwaffe night-fighters, ...

Author: Max Hastings

Publisher: Zenith Press

ISBN: 9781610588638

Category: History

Page: 400

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Bomber Command's air offensive against the cities of Nazi Germany was one of the most epic campaigns of World War II. More than 56,000 British and Commonwealth aircrew and 600,000 Germans died in the course of the RAF's attempt to win the war by bombing. The struggle in the air began meekly in 1939 with only a few Whitleys, Hampdens, and Wellingtons flying blindly through the night on their ill-conceived bombing runs. It ended six years later with 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes, and Mosquitoes, equipped with the best of British wartime technology, blazing whole German cities in a single night. Bomber Command, through its fits and starts, grew into an effective fighting force. In Bomber Command, originally published to critical acclaim in the U.K., famed British military historian Sir Max Hastings offers a captivating analysis of the strategy and decision-making behind one of World War II’s most violent episodes. With firsthand descriptions of the experiences of aircrew from 1939 to 1945 - based on one hundred interviews with veterans - and a harrowing narrative of the experiences of Germans on the ground during the September 1944 bombing of Darmstadt, Bomber Command is widely recognized as a classic account of one of the bloodiest campaigns in World War II history. Now back in print in the U.S., this book is an essential addition to any history reader's bookshelf.
Categories: History