Release on 2012 | by Tony Buttler,Jean-Louis Delezenne
Secret Research Aircraft from the Golden Age 1946-1974
Author: Tony Buttler,Jean-Louis Delezenne
Pubpsher: Hikoki Publications
Exotic research aircraft designed, built, and flown in Europe in the two decades following World War II were the foreign equivalent of the legendary American X-Planes. Many of these advanced aircraft flown by test pilots such as Peter Twiss and Andre Turcat captured speed and altitude records previously held by their American counterparts. Some of today's most famous and successful aircraft were influenced by advanced technologies first tested and flown on European X-Planes with a significant number of aviation "firsts" occurring at secluded flight test facilities located in England, France, and Germany. The world's first jet airliner (1948), first jet transport with rear?mounted engines (1956), first VTOL jet fighter (1964), and first supersonic airliner (1969) were all developed in Europe utilizing technological advances pioneered by these rare and highly advanced X-Planes. Unpublished photographs, detailed appendix, and stories of these historic aircraft combine to produce an in-depth look at these secret aircraft.
Many books have been written about the Hawker Hunter, one of the world’s great jet fighters. The majority, however, have tended to concentrate on the aircraft’s extensive service career. Superbly illustrated with both colour and black-and-white photographs of the Hawker Hunter – which has always been one of the most photogenic of all aeroplanes – this new title is the first devoted specifically to the Hunter’s design and development: how and why the aircraft came into being, the troubles it experienced on the way, its flight test programme and what it was like to pilot. Drawing on many original Air Staff and Ministry documents and also the Hawker aircraft day-to-day diaries, it tells the story of one-off modifications and trials projects, aerodynamic modifications and tests with various weapons, along with proposed developments, including supersonic versions.
Since the first edition of X-Planes at Edwards (0-87989-85-0) was published in 1995, many new types of civilian (Rutan-types, 717 and 777), military (Bombers, Fighters, Reconnaissance Drones and Transports) and dedicated research aircraft (X-planes) have been created by numerous manufacturers and then flight-tested at the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert of California. A number of these flight-test programs have concluded but a number of them are ongoing. These include:, Boeing North American B-1B Lancer', Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit, Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle, Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22A Raptor, Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Prototypes - Boeing X-32 and Lockheed Martin X-35 , Lockheed/Boeing/General Dynamics YF-22A Lightning II, Northrop/McDonnell Douglas YF-23A Gray Ghost, Boeing 717, Boeing 777, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) - RQ-1 through RQ-8, Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAV) - Boeing X-45A and Northrop Grumman X-47A Pegasus , X-planes, X-32 through X-49
From jet planes and high altitude aircraft to radar-equipped fighters configured to deliver chemical weapons, numerous Luftwaffe planes were designed and reached prototype stage but never made it into mass production or battle. Luftwaffe X Planes is a def
Exploring Experimental, Rocket Plane, and Spycraft Incidents, Accidents and Crash Sites
Author: Tony Moore
Pubpsher: Specialty Press
Known as "The X-Hunters," authors Peter W. Merlin and Tony Moore have located more than 100 crash sites of exotic aircraft from Edwards air Force Base and Area 51. Together, they have recovered parts of supersonic rocket planes, stealthy spy craft, and vehicles that have reached the edge of space. Each story in the book profiles an unusual aircraft and the brave men who flew it. The authors examine the contributing causes of each crash and use then-and-now photographs to illustrate their findings. The stories end with The X-Hunters' search for the crash site and what they discovered. Each adventure combines C.S.I.-type skills with X-Files persistence, with a dash of Indiana Jones for adventure. Aircraft profiled include the YB-49 and a pair of N9M flying wings, X-1A, X-1D, VB-51, XB-70, SR-71, YF-12, U-2 prototype, and many more. The photos in this edition are black and white.
Release on 2020-05-14 | by Simon Pearson,Ed Gorman
The pilots and planes that made history
Author: Simon Pearson,Ed Gorman
Pubpsher: Hachette UK
In Battle of Britain: The Pilots and the Planes That Made History, Ed Gorman and Simon Pearson paint a vivid picture of the men and their machines as the battle for air superiority over Britain is played out across the skies of Europe, from western Ireland to the German capital. They tell remarkable stories involving hitherto unknown airmen from across the world who flew aircraft, including some that will be new to many readers: the New Zealander who "borrowed" a seaplane from the Royal Navy to set up a freelance air-sea rescue service that saved the lives of dozens of British and German pilots; the Swiss baron who destroyed nine British fighters in a day; the vainglorious Dane whose RAF squadron was wiped out trying to disrupt Nazi invasion plans; and the German bomber pilot who fought the last battle involving foreign troops on British soil since Culloden - before repairing to a pub in Kent for a pint with soldiers from the Irish Rifle, who had taken him prisoner. Illustrated with contemporary photographs of the pilots and their aircraft, these are enthralling stories from both sides of a conflict that shaped the modern world, full of courage, endeavour and above all, humanity.
At last a paperback edition of this standard work on marine archaeology. Séan McGrail's study received exceptional critical acclaim when it was first published in hardback in 1987 and it is now revised and published in paperback for the first time. Professor McGrail provides an authoritative survey of water transport across Northern Europe from the Late Palaeolithic to the later Middle Ages, using evidence of excavations, but also documentary sources, iconographic and ethnographic evidence. In the process he answers such key questions as How were these boats built? What sort of environment were they used in? What speeds could they achieve? and how were they navigated?