Complete History of U.S. Combat Aircraft: Winners, Losers, and What Might Have Been

Couverture
Specialty Press, 15 juin 2016 - 228 pages

Since the first days of rivalry between the Wright Brothers and Glenn Curtiss, aircraft manufacturers have been vying for lucrative military aircraft contracts and competing for prized long-term production runs. As a result, many advanced and now legendary aircraft have been designed, built, and flown in every generation of aviation development. Focusing on the Cold War era, this book shows readers how crucial fly-off competitions have been to the development of America's military air arsenal. 

This book not only explains in detail how fly-off competitions are conducted, it shows the reader what both competing aircraft designs looked like during their trials, and then what the losing aircraft would have looked like in operational markings had it actually won. Described in vivid detail are the specific aircraft and how they fared, as well as the inside political maneuvering and subterfuge involved in often-controversial aircraft contract awards.

Beginning with the Boeing B-47 Stratojet's decisive victory over rival Convair and Martin designs and ending with today's advanced unmanned aerial marvels, this book covers every era of Post-World War II aviation. Author Erik Simonsen uses the wonders of modern digital photography to create highly believable images of aviation's most tantalizing 'might have beens.'

 

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Table des matières

FOREWORD
4
ACKNOWLEDGMENTSIntroduction
5
EARLY TECHNOLOGY SHAPES THE FUTUREJET ENGINES AND SWEPT WINGS
7
THE QUEST FOR A MEDIUM JET BOMBERNAA XB45 CONVAIR XB46 BOEING XB47 MARTIN XB48
17
CONTINUING THE JOURNEY TO JETSNAA AJ1 SAVAGE NAA B45 AVRO CF100MARTIN XB51 ENGLISH ELECTRIC CANBERRA
38
THE PENETRATION FIGHTERMcDONNELL XF88 LOCKHEED XF90 NAA YF93A McDONNELL F101
55
THE HEAVY BOMBER COMES OF AGEBOEING YB52 VERSUS CONVAIR YB60
68
THE COLD WAR TACTICAL FIGHTERREPUBLIC YF105A VERSUS NAA F107A
87
PURSUIT OF CLOSE AIR SUPPORTNORTHROP YA9A VERSUS FAIRCHILD YA10A
124
BATTLE OF THE LIGHTWEIGHT FIGHTERSGENERAL DYNAMICS YF16 VERSUS NORTHROP YF17
146
WINGS OVER THE MOJAVE DESERTTHE ADVANCED TACTICAL FIGHTERLOCKHEED MARTIN YF22 VERSUS NORTHROP YF23
171
COMPETITION OF THE CENTURYTHE JOINT STRIKE FIGHTERBOEING X32 VERSUS LOCKHEED MARTIN X35
193
Glossary
217
Endnotes
218
Index
224
Droits d'auteur

PHANTOMS AND CRUSADERSMcDONNELL F4H1 PHANTOM IIVERSUS CHANCEVOUGHT F8U3 CRUSADER III
106

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À propos de l'auteur (2016)

Since the late 1960s Erik Simonsen has been photographing all types of military, commercial, business and sports aviation subjects. Honing the skills acquired from a graphics and fine arts background, his hobby turned into part-time professional work. Blending aviation photography with manipulated background colors, he developed early special effects techniques for eye-catching imagery and strived to push the art of photography whenever possible. 

Over the past 30 years Simonsen, has also has worked as a manager and director of communications in the aerospace industry and prior to that, capping an intense interest in astronomy, he served as a planetarium director and program manager in new-technology planetariums.

Erik Simonsen is the author of Spy Planes and This is Stealth, and his photography has been featured in corporate advertising and various aerospace-related magazines including, Aerospace America, Air Force Magazine, Aviation Week & Space Technology and Flight international. A member of the International Society for Aviation Photography (ISAP), American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Air Force Association (AFA), U.S. Naval Institute (USNI), The Planetary Society, and Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Erik lives in California.

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