Officially called the Fighting Falcon by the USAF (a name loathed by pilots and ground crews), the F-16 is popularly referred to as the "Viper". First introduced into service with the USAF in 1978, the F-16 is a successful all-weather multi-role jet fighter of which more than 4,500 have been built and exported to 25 countries worldwide. It remains in service more than 30 years later. The Viper incorporates a number of innovative design features that include a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, pilot's side-mounted control stick for ease of control when manoeuvring, a seat reclined 30 degrees to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system that makes the Viper a highly agile aircraft. At the 'business end' the F-16 has an internal M61 Vulcan cannon and eleven weapon-mounting stations.
Few would have imagined when "Dix" Loesch and "Tex" Johnston took the KC-135A up for its maiden flight on August 31, 1956 that some 60 years later, it would still be in front-line active service around the world. What began as a jet-powered replacement for the KC-97 to refuel Strategic Air Command's growing B-47 and B-52 bomber fleet soon evolved into America's first military heavy jet transport, an airborne command post platform capable of surviving and then commanding America's nuclear war plan, a testbed that enabled scientists to study the Earth, send men to the Moon and understand the power of the atom.
Other variants of the KC-135 included a reconnaissance airframe that monitors arms agreements, gathers intelligence to understand the intentions and capabilities of potential enemies and provides real-time intelligence in combat – beginning with the war in Southeast Asia, and continuing to ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. Today, tanker versions of the KC-135 remain in service with Chile, France, Singapore, Turkey, and the United States, while reconnaissance variants operate with Great Britain and the United States. This is a fully revised and expanded edition of the original bestselling 'Aerofax' book and includes operational histories of the 80+ unique types, as well as individual details for all 820 airplanes by serial number including first flight, delivery, changes in configuration, attrition, and retirement. Appendices cover all units, a summary of each accident, display and stored aircraft, and record-setting achievements.
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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.
Nicknamed the ‘wooden wonder’ , the de Havilland Mosquito was one of the most versatile and successful combat aircraft of the Second World War. Offering insights into the design, construction and operational career of the iconic Mossie, this manual gets under the aircraft’s birch and balsa skin to examine its anatomy and describe the painstaking restoration to flight by Avspecs (New Zealand) of Jerry Yagen’s FB26 KA114 and of Victoria Air Maintenance’s B35 VR796 in British Columbia, Canada.
Reviews of Avrocar: Canada’s Flying Saucer: The Story of Avro Canada’s Secret Projects. Avrocar: Canada's Flying Saucer: The Story of Avro Canada's Secret Projects [Bill Zuk] on . *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Designed for use by the U.S. military, these flying saucers were developed by Avro Canada's Special Projects Group between 1952 and 1962. (Two survive in U.S. museums.) This wonderful book shows flying saucers in various stages of production and in actual test flights. U.S. military illustrations show the saucers' potential use in combat.. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.
Designed for use by the U.S. military, these flying saucers were developed by Avro Canada's Special Projects Group between 1952 and 1962. (Two survive in U.S. museums.) This wonderful book shows flying saucers in various stages of production and in actual test flights. U.S. military illustrations show the saucers' potential use in combat.