Complete History of U.S. Combat Aircraft: Winners, Losers, and What Might Have Been
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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CONTINUING THE JOURNEY TO JETSNAA AJ1 SAVAGE NAA B45 AVRO CF100MARTIN XB51 ENGLISH ELECTRIC CANBERRA
THE PENETRATION FIGHTERMcDONNELL XF88 LOCKHEED XF90 NAA YF93A McDONNELL F101
THE HEAVY BOMBER COMES OF AGEBOEING YB52 VERSUS CONVAIR YB60
THE COLD WAR TACTICAL FIGHTERREPUBLIC YF105A VERSUS NAA F107A
PURSUIT OF CLOSE AIR SUPPORTNORTHROP YA9A VERSUS FAIRCHILD YA10A
BATTLE OF THE LIGHTWEIGHT FIGHTERSGENERAL DYNAMICS YF16 VERSUS NORTHROP YF17
WINGS OVER THE MOJAVE DESERTTHE ADVANCED TACTICAL FIGHTERLOCKHEED MARTIN YF22 VERSUS NORTHROP YF23
COMPETITION OF THE CENTURYTHE JOINT STRIKE FIGHTERBOEING X32 VERSUS LOCKHEED MARTIN X35
PHANTOMS AND CRUSADERSMcDONNELL F4H1 PHANTOM IIVERSUS CHANCEVOUGHT F8U3 CRUSADER III