Aviation historian William Althoff tells the story of the U.S. Navy’s airship, USS Los Angeles, the most successful aircraft of its type ever flown. In dramatic detail, Althoff recounts how the U.S. Navy arranged for the famed German Zeppelin Company to build the ship, thwarted schemes by the U.S. Army’s Air Service to take control of it, and helped plan its record-breaking, historic four-day flight from Germany to the United States. After years of experiments meant to determine its military and commercial application, the airship ultimately failed to command a consensus in the Navy. “Relegated to a lower tier,” Althoff writes, “the rigid type receded to marginal relevance until, on the eve of World War Two, it vanished altogether.” In this book, the early achievements and unceremonious demise of the Los Angeles after a long career symbolize the airship’s unfulfilled promise. Nonetheless, the operational record of this one machine altered American naval aeronautics and greatly influenced transoceanic commercial air transport during a critical period of its development.
Reviews of Northrop Flying Wings. Northrop Flying Wings – Kindle edition by Graham Simons. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Northrop Flying Wings.. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.
Jack Northrop’s flying wings – or to give them their more correct title, all wing aircraft – were some of the most spectacular, graceful and elegant flying machines ever to grace the skies. A design as aeronautically pure as a flying wing had huge advantages over conventional aircraft design. This advantage was that drag was reduced to an absolute minimum. Because of this minimum drag, the performance of the flying wing became unequaled in speed, range and operating economy.
For many years aeronautical designers realized that by reducing drag – that is the net aerodynamic force acting opposite to the direction of the movement of the solid object caused by the shape or form of an aircraft as it passes through the air – that machine’s performance could be greatly increased. Early steps taken in this direction brought about the changes from biplane to monoplane design; the elimination of external wing struts and flying wires; the incorporation of retractable undercarriages and the general overall ‘smoothing out’ of the shape. However, in spite of all these advances, the average conventional aircraft of today still has two to four times the drag of a flying wing. So in order to reduce drag to its absolute minimum, a number of aircraft designers took the drastic step of eliminating both the fuselage and tail altogether and placed the pilot, the engines and the payload completely inside the wing envelope.
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This is a fascinating and informative guide to more than 120 of the most important rotorcraft ever designed. Its information packed pages cover a broad rage of helicopters, from early experimental autogyros and basic designs like the Sikorsky R-4 to all time classics like the Bell UH-1, the famous "Huey" that became the workhorse of the Vietnam War. Each helicopter is covered in detail, with feature boxes outlining its development, technical specifications, performance data, and variants. Unique graphics allow you to compare specific features like top speed, troop-carrying capacity, and payload to those of other aircraft of the same type. With a wealth of essential information on every page, this book is a must have for aircraft lovers of all ages. Contains over 2000 color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Includes full dimnesions, weights, performance, and armament for each type.
Reviews of Groupe de Combat 12, ‘Les Cigognes’: France’s Ace Fighter Group in World War 1 (Aviation Elite Units). Groupe de Combat 12, 'Les Cigognes': France's Ace Fighter Group in World War 1 (Aviation Elite Units) [Jon Guttman, Harry Dempsey] on . *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This book traces the combat history of the most famous and highest-scoring fighter group in France's World War I Aviation Militaire. Groupe de Combat 12 boasted the highest-scoring Allied fighter pilot. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.
This book traces the combat history of the most famous and highest-scoring fighter group in France's World War I Aviation Militaire. Groupe de Combat 12 boasted the highest-scoring Allied fighter pilot, René Fonck, and France's most celebrated hero of the air, Georges Guynemer. Its ranks included numerous other famous aces, such as Rene's Dorme, Alfred Heurteaux, Albert Deullin, and American volunteers Edwin Parsons and Frank L. Baylies. Additionally, Guynemer was instrumental in developing France's premier series of fighter planes, the SPAD VII, XII, XIII and XVII.
Reviews of Aircraft Down!: Evading Capture in WWII Europe. Aircraft Down!: Evading Capture in WWII Europe [Philip D. Caine] on . *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Six thrilling adventure stories of young airmen suddenly on their own, behind enemy lines. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.