Curtiss P-40 -Snub-nosed Kittyhawks and Warhawks (Air Vanguard)

Reviews of Curtiss P-40 -Snub-nosed Kittyhawks and Warhawks (Air Vanguard). Curtiss P-40 -Snub-nosed Kittyhawks and Warhawks (Air Vanguard) – Kindle edition by Carl Molesworth, Adam Tooby, Richard Chasemore. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Curtiss P-40 -Snub-nosed Kittyhawks and Warhawks (Air Vanguard).. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.

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An improved version of the Allison V-1710 engine gave rise to the Curtiss H-87, which began life in 1941 as the P-40D and featured a completely redesigned fuselage. The shorter and deeper nose of the new fighter gave it a decidedly snub-nosed appearance compared to the earlier P-40 models. Curtiss continued to tweak the H-87 for the next two years in the search for better performance, but the last major version, the P-40N, was only marginally faster than the first. In the process, Curtiss even tried an engine change to the Packard Merlin in the P-40F and L but to no avail. What the late model P-40s lacked in speed and service ceiling, they traded for maneuverability, durability and availability. Their niche became fighter-bomber operations, and they fought on fronts as varied as the arctic wastes of the Aleutian Islands and Iceland, the steaming jungles of the South Pacific and the barren deserts of North Africa. P-40s were a common sight in the skies over Burma and China, Sicily and Italy, and western Russia as well. By the time production ceased in 1944, Curtiss had produced nearly 14,000 P-40s.

Martin B-26 Marauder (Air Vanguard Book 4)

Reviews of Martin B-26 Marauder (Air Vanguard Book 4). Martin B-26 Marauder (Air Vanguard Book 4) – Kindle edition by Martyn Chorlton, Adam Tooby. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Martin B-26 Marauder (Air Vanguard Book 4).. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.

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One of the most underrated medium bombers of the Second World War, the Martin B-26 Marauder never fully managed to shake off an underserved early reputation as a dangerous aircraft to fly. Admittedly, in inexperienced hands, the B-26 could be tricky to fly, but once mastered, proved to be one of the best in its class.

The aircraft incorporated a host of both revolutionary design methods and construction techniques, never before attempted amongst American aircraft manufacturers. Peyton M. Magruder's design had its roots in a USAAC proposal dating back to March 1939 calling for a twin-engined medium bomber capable of reaching 350 mph with a 2,000lb bomb load up to a range of 3,000 miles. Deemed superior to all other designs on the table at the time, almost a 1,000 had been ordered before the aircraft first took to the air November 1940.
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Lockheed A-12: The CIA’s Blackbird and other variants (Air Vanguard)

Reviews of Lockheed A-12: The CIA’s Blackbird and other variants (Air Vanguard). Lockheed A-12: The CIA's Blackbird and other variants (Air Vanguard) – Kindle edition by Paul Crickmore, Adam Tooby. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Lockheed A-12: The CIA's Blackbird and other variants (Air Vanguard).. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.

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During the early years of the Cold War, the most effective way to gather strategic intelligence about the Soviet Union and its allies was manned overflight. Lockheed's U-2 was spectacularly successful in this role. Much to the concern of President Eisenhower, its shape meant that it could be tracked on Russian radars. Given the highly sensitive nature of such flights, the President insisted that every effort should be made to reduce to zero the U-2's radar cross section (RCS), thereby making the aircraft "invisible." When this was proven to be impossible, the stage was set for a U-2 replacement. Following a competition between Lockheed and Convair, the former was declared the winner and the result was the A-12. Designed to incorporate 'stealth' features before the term was even coined, the A-12 has to date proven to be the fastest, highest flying jet aircraft ever built, and is operated exclusively by the Central Intelligence Agency.

This book will also cover a two-seat variation of the design built as an advanced interceptor – the YF-12. In addition, the D-21 drone programme, known as Tagboard will also be covered.