The Concorde Story: Seventh Edition (General Aviation)

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This fully revised edition of The Concorde Story, published to coincide with the anniversary of the aircraft's first landing at Heathrow, is a complete history of Concorde. When commercial air services were launched in 1976, Concorde was hailed as one of the wonders of the technological world.

Lavishly illustrated throughout, this new edition documents the early difficulties encountered on the way to commercial success as well as examining the tragic event at Gonesse in 2000. With a new section on the after-story of the airplane and a look at what the future holds for supersonic aircraft, this is the definitive book for all Concorde fans.

Wilbur Wright’s Flights in France : Leon Bollee’s Photographic Record 1908-1909

Reviews of Wilbur Wright’s Flights in France : Leon Bollee’s Photographic Record 1908-1909. Wilbur Wright's Flights in France : Leon Bollee's Photographic Record 1908-1909 [Stanley W. Kandebo, Dawne Dewey] on . *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This is a beautifully-illustrated recreation of the one-of-a-kind. It is a never before published photo album presented to Orville Wright in 1920 by the widow of French industrialist Leon Bollee. It includes photos taken during Wilbur Wright's visit to France in 1908-1909. Since the 1970s. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.

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This is a beautifully-illustrated recreation of the one-of-a-kind. It is a never before published photo album presented to Orville Wright in 1920 by the widow of French industrialist Leon Bollee. It includes photos taken during Wilbur Wright's visit to France in 1908-1909. Since the 1970s, the album has been housed in the special collection of the archives of Dayton's Wright State University and with rare exception never viewed by the public. Now, this unique piece of aviation history is finally available to aviation and history buffs and anyone else who appreciates vintage memorabilia. Here are 127 duotone photos enhanced by a handsome four-color presentation. It includes rare images of the Wright Brothers and their aircraft. It coincides with the centennial of the Wright Brothers' December, 1903 flight.

USS Los Angeles: The Navy’s Venerable Airship and Aviation Technology

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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.

Northrop Flying Wings

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.

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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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The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker: More Than a Tanker

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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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