William Wolf brings his meticulous research to describe the little known Douglas B-18 Bolo which was America's most numerous front line bomber at the time of Pearl Harbor. Over the years the story of the airliner turned bomber has languished in obscurity and the few articles on the subject in popular aviation magazines have emphasized its faults and maligned it as a budget bomber that had few virtues. Wolf's comprehensive book is the first ever on the subject and gives the reader the definitive description and appraisal of this neglected bomber's development, testing, manufacture, the aircraft per se, and combat experience.
More than 250 submarines, from the Civil War to the missile-launching, nuclear-powered vessels of today, are described in detail and illustrated with contemporary and archival photography and drawings. Arranged by types: diesel-electrics, non-nuclear, nuclear-attack, missile-armed, and special-role vessels-the book provides a comprehensive overview of every major submarine class around the globe. Each entry includes specifications and incisive development and battle histories.
They were the first air assault division in the history of the U.S. Army. Their job was to test the innovative air-mobile concept and break the Army's dependence on surface transport. This is their story, told by a man who was there, at America's first victory against the Vietnamese. HC: St. Martin's.
Reviews of Valkyrie: The North American XB-70 : The USA’s Ill-fated Supersonic Heavy Bomber. Valkyrie: The North American XB-70 : The USA's Ill-fated Supersonic Heavy Bomber – Kindle edition by Graham M 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 Valkyrie: The North American XB-70 : The USA's Ill-fated Supersonic Heavy Bomber.. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.
During the 1950s, at the time Elvis Presley was rocking the world with Hound Dog and the USA was aiming to become the world’s only superpower, plans were being drawn at North American Aviation in Southern California for an incredible Mach-3 strategic bomber. The concept was born as a result of General Curtis LeMay’s desire for a heavy bomber with the weapon load and range of the subsonic B-52 and a top speed in excess of the supersonic medium bomber, the B-58 Hustler. If LeMay’s plans came to fruition there would be 250 Valkyries in the air; it would be the pinnacle of his quest for the ultimate strategic bomber operated by America’s Strategic Air Command. The design was a leap into the future that pushed the envelope in terms of exotic materials, avionics and power plants.
However, in April 1961, Defense Secretary McNamara stopped the production go-ahead for the B-70 because of rapid cost escalation and the USSR’s newfound ability to destroy aircraft at extremely high altitude using either missiles or the new Mig-25 fighter. Nevertheless, in 1963 plans for the production of three high-speed research aircraft were approved and construction proceeded. In September 1964 the first Valkyrie, now re-coded A/V-1 took to the air for the first time and in October went supersonic.
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Celebrate 75 years of the iconic World War II warbird that helped win the war and flew into the heart of American life.
From D-Day to the Battle of the Bulge, through reconnaissance missions and combat, fighting flying bombs and Me 262 Stormbird jets, P-51 Mustang pilots saw it all during World War II. P-51 Mustang celebrates the 75th anniversary of the most iconic American warbird written by Cory Graff, lead curator at the Flying Heritage Collection–one of the world's most important collections and sites for warbird restoration.
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