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The aircraft was not well liked by air crews, however, due to its large size, heavy weight, and lateral instability. During the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June , 45 Helldivers ran out of fuel and were lost before they could return to their carriers. More modifications ensued and the more powerful SB2C-3 made its appearance, equipped with the R Twin Cyclone engine and a Curtiss four-blade propeller, in Helldivers helped sink the battleship Musashi in October and, in April , sent the battleship Yamato to the bottom of the ocean - the two heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever built.
In service for only a decade, the supersonic bomber was dubbed the Hustler - a tribute to its impressive performance. While a number of manufacturers responded, Convair's design, which drew heavily on that firm's previous delta-wing fighter stylings, was favored. While the initial operational use of the B was beset with delays, and in fact at one time SAC outright opposed the aircraft, as the decade of the s began the B brought SAC much desired prestige as it set a successive number of records involving speed and altitude.
Despite its impressive performance, the B was not without shortcomings. For one thing, its 1,mile unrefueled range was relatively modest. For another, the Soviets developed the SA-2 Guideline surface-to-air missile that could strike the Hustler at its 63, foot ceiling. Finally, the operational cost of the bomber was extremely high. Then, as the Nixon Administration made one last attempt to bring the Vietnam War to a successful end, Defense Secretary Melvin Laird advanced this phase-out to Fiscal Year to cut defense expenditures.
Accordingly, the aircraft were, except for a few display specimens, shuttled off to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, where they lingered in storage until , at which time they were sold for scrap to Southwestern Alloys. Illustrated with over photographs. Starfighters then broke the world altitude record in May and the world air-speed record nine days later. It was the first aircraft to hold both records simultaneously. Many of the Starfighter's records stand today.
Known as a 'missile with a man in it', Starfighters trained astronauts such as Chuck Yeager on the edge of space, fought over Vietnam, and were lethal Cold War interceptors capable of firing air-to-air nuclear missiles. During its year career, it was used by no less than 15 nations from Jordan to Taiwan. Italy finally retired its fleet in It is poised to be reborn as a civilian satellite-launcher in Through more than vintage photos - many in original color - numerous line drawings, and new color profiles, this new volume chronicles the remarkable military career of this aircraft.
In May the first Blackbird flew over Vietnam. During the Vietnam War, SR overflights averaged one per day, during which time the enemy unsuccessfully fired surface-to-air missiles against it. Another version, the YF, was tested as a high-altitude interceptor but never made it to series production. Uncover the once top-secret history of the famous Blackbird through this all-new page book, packed with detailed line drawings and over photographs. Other nations continued to fly the venerable Skyraider into the s. Known alternately as the 'flying dump truck,' a testament to its payload capacity; and 'SPAD,' an homage to its massive radial engine and anachronistic propeller in an age of jet aircraft, the rugged Skyraider endeared itself to both air and ground crews.
Retrace the history of the famous Douglas Skyraider through this all-new page book, packed with detailed line drawings, color profiles, and over vintage photographs, more than 30 of them in vintage color. Thus far, the aircraft has compiled one of the most enviable records of a post-Vietnam fighter, logging over victories and no losses in air to air combat. The bulk of the fighter aircraft operated by the USAF in Vietnam had been conceived during the Cold War as interceptors against nuclear-armed Soviet bombers.
This strategy involved high altitude, high speed, air to air missile armament, and a long range. Utilizing these aircraft in Vietnam, with visual engagement rules, pointed to the shortcomings of the planning. Though both the F and F-4 were deployed to Vietnam, neither were truly optimized for the role that they were forced into. Further shortcomings of the then-current fighter strategy was revealed in July when the Soviet's unveiled the MiG Foxbat. The Foxbat was a twin tail, twin engine fighter aircraft capable of Mach 2.
This program had begun as an effort to develop a multi-role aircraft with variable geometry wings. After briefly considering a lightweight, single engine fighter, a concept discarded in light of the shortcomings of the F, Project Definition Phase contracts were issued to Fairchild-Republic, McDonnell Douglas, and North American Rockwell on December 30, After considering the proposals advanced by all three firms, a design and development contract was issued to McDonnell Douglas for the aircraft that would be designated F Under the UTTAS Utility Tactical Transport Aircraft System competition, the new clean-sheet design intended to rectify all of the UH-1s shortcomings, while integrating the latest technology developments in helicopter construction and power-plant design.
If troops were not to be carried, that same lifting power provided by two engines would instead lift underslung cargo loads, up to a maximum of 8, lbs. The cargo cabin space had to be able to be converted with a minimum of effort for use in aeromedical evacuation, utility roles or as an infantry assault transport. The result was the UH Blackhawk. Exclusive photos illustrate the rarely seen inner workings and outer features of the BG, with additional coverage of the B, BB, and BC.
Initially dubbed 'the Widowmaker' due to its high wing loading and high landing speeds. But following refinements in the design and improved crew training, the B ended the war with the lowest loss rate of any USAAF bomber. Included are more than photographs, plus numerous detailed line drawings and color profiles. While the Bearcat prototype first took to the air in August , and the first squadron equipped with the new fighters was operational in May , the war ended before the Bearcat actually saw combat in World War II.
The type would ultimately see combat in the First Indochina War. Visually chronicles this diminutive fighter with ample images and captures the nuances of this famed warbird. Illustrated with photographs 89 vintage black-and-white photos, 13 color photos from the same time period, and 77 further color photos of preserved aircraft plus five color profiles and 17 detailed line drawings.
During the 25 years in which the A-4 was on the production line, 2, Skyhawks were built. A relatively light aircraft, with a maximum takeoff weight of 24, pounds and with a top speed exceeding mph, the Skyhawk was operated not only by the US Navy and Marines but also by the air forces of Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Malaysia, Argentina, Singapore, Brazil, Indonesia, and Kuwait. With a reputation for toughness and agility, Skyhawks remained a part of the American arsenal for nearly half a century - the US Navy retired the A-4 as recently as Meanwhile, the battle-tested warrior continues to serve today other militaries around the world.
Noted military author Lou Drendel outlines the initial Allied military response against the al-Queda terrorist network and the Taliban government in Afghanistan that provided them safe haven and training facilities. Extensively illustrated with over photos - half in full color. Over the years, it evolved into an outstanding surveillance and anti-surface platform, effective not only against submarines but also large and small surface ships. As its nearly year career came to an end in , the Viking also took on the carrier air wing organic tanking requirements, retiring with over half of its service life remaining.
A total of aircraft were built and served in 16 United States Navy squadrons. The Viking and its main variant, the highly-classified ES-3A Shadow electronic surveillance aircraft, played a key role in the Cold War and in the conflicts of the s. The book is one of the few publications to tell the Viking story and is packed with photos and detailed line drawings, all depicting the aircraft's weapons, paint schemes, sensors and interior. It also provides an overview of some of the more significant variants that were studied, but never fully pursued, such as the Carrier On-Board Delivery COD and dedicated KS refueling variants.
It also discusses the aircraft's role in Operation Desert Storm and how the lessons learned from that conflict impacted the Vikings' mission during the latter part of the s and early s. Illustrated with photographs, line drawings, and numerous color profiles. Based on the US Army's UH Black Hawk, and developed in accordance with the Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System or LAMPS concept of helicopters that extend the search, detection, surveillance, and attack capabilities of ships, the Seahawk family of Navy choppers is distinguished by its hinged tail that facilitates operations from giant aircraft carriers or diminutive destroyers and frigates.
The author introduces you to the SHF Ocean Hawk with its AQSF dunking sonar for detecting submerged vessels, the HHH Rescue Hawk, that can fly nautical miles from base to perform a rescue and then return to base and which also serves in sea-air-land SEAL team operations, the MHR Strikehawk loaded with sophisticated avionics that facilitate undersea warfare and surface warfare operations in shallow littoral regions as well as deep, blue water ocean environments, and finally the MHS Knighthawk with its two cabin doors that does everything from aeromedical evacuation and search and rescue to mine countermeasures and special operations transport.
It can take years of training to produce a fighter pilot and even longer to produce a plane that is worthy of their skills. Yet a dogfight can last only minutes. Discover what it felt like to be a fighter pilot during World War II, flying some of the most iconic planes to have ever graced the skies during combats when both man and machine were tested to the limit. This volume reveals the greatest aerial match-ups which have become the stuff of legend, from Spitfires battling Messerschmitts over the skies of Southern England to Fw s attempting to turn the tide against the ever-advancing Mustangs of the 8th Air Force during the dying days of the war.
For more than five decades, the essential enabler of this global reach has been the KC Stratotanker. Unarmed and unglamorous, the KC has been one of the most successful and enduring aircraft in US Air Force history. Primarily based on the author's extensive access to operational KC aircraft on the ground and in flight, this book contains the most detailed photographic documentation of the KC inside and out that has ever been published, as well as color profiles of the KCR in the markings of every major USAF command that has operated that variant.
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The Mosquito made its debut in its first widespread role as a fast, high-altitude photo reconnaissance PR aircraft, a job it continued to perform until the end of WWII. Mosquitos dropped 4,pound 'Cookie' bombs in lightning raids inside the German homeland, in a de-facto pay back for the German Blitz, and Mosquito Fighter Bombers FB carried out strikes on German security points and U-Boats. In addition to operations over Nazi-occupied Europe.
Get an up-close but comprehensive look at the De Havilland Mosquito with this new title, illustrated with more than photographs, two dozen of them in color, plus a table, color profiles, and detailed line drawings. Displayed in extensive detail are the external and internal workings of the aircraft that played a key role Britain's defense.
Illustrated with over photographs and detailed line drawings. Profusely illustrated with stunning color photographs, this page volume examines the nuances of the external features and explores the inner workings of the BD model, the scarce hard-hitting, cannon-armed BH, and also the most abundantly-produced Mitchell, the BJ. Enhancing the color photographs, taken both on the ground and in the air, four vintage black-and-white images and 14 line drawings further illustrate details, while five color renderings of aircraft and markings provide a glimpse at the nature of the crews.
GOOD-color hardcover The Army developed new tactical doctrine using helicopters - the airmobile concept - which was based largely on air cavalry units. Such units were descendants of the US Cavalry, which had operated as light, horse-mounted infantry. Air cavalry troopers were, in essence, horse soldiers, and helicopters were their steed.
True to their proud and colorful heritage, the Air Cavalry not only employed tactics used by their forefathers of the Indian wars, they embraced their culture as they deployed in the grueling conflict in Indochina. Packed with more than 30 action packed, often hair raising first-hand accounts of helicopter scout combat in Vietnam, this latest addition takes you into the thick of the action. Besides being exciting reading, these personal recollections by dozens of the fighters themselves provide invaluable, primary source historical coverage of one of America's epic conflicts as experienced by front-line helicopter scouts.
The prototype of the first version of the Cougar, the F9F-6, first took to the air in September of , just six months after contract award. There were several different models of the Cougar, reflecting its varied uses as well as the general development of the aircraft.
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The contemporary photographs in this volume illustrate in detail the differences between the various Cougar models, making use of over a dozen display aircraft located in museums across the United States as well as one Cougar on display in Argentina. Grounded in solid historical research, the book also features historical images from the photo archives of both the US Navy and Grumman, and also includes rare photos of F9F Cougar in its final days, serving as a target drone for later generations of fighters.
It featured a 60 degree swept delta wing to lessen drag co-efficient and yield stability at very high altitudes. True to its design, the FA made more than 1, intercepts of Soviet bombers in defense of Western airspace. The was also deployed to Vietnam during the war in Indochina, initially to protect bases from North Vietnamese aircraft. Later it flew fighter patrols, escorted Bs and was used offensively to attack ground installations. After retirement in the US, of the planes were converted to high-speed unmanned drones for use as test targets for newer fighters.
Arranged chronologically by theater, the book gives a complete organizational breakdown of the units of both sides, including the units and aircraft used in the proxy wars fought in Korea, Vietnam, the Middle East and elsewhere as well as the 'frontline' in Germany. Each section includes a compact history of the role and impact of aircraft on the course of the Cold War, as well as orders of battle, lists of commanders and aces such as Nikolai Sutyagin, Randall Cunningham, Giora Epstein, and Majid Zugbi.
Every type of aircraft is featured, including the numerous variations and types of well-known models, such as the MiG, the McDonnell Douglas F and the Harrier, through to lesser-known aircraft, such as the Lockheed P, and the Myasishchev M-4 Bison. Each aircraft profile is accompanied by exhaustive specifications, as well as details of individual and unit markings. Packed with color profiles of every major type of combat aircraft from the era, The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide: Aircraft of the Cold War is an essential reference guide for modelers, military historians and aircraft enthusiasts.
The giant, four-engine cargo jet has become more and more prominent in representing the United States worldwide. Whether carrying the President, paratroopers, casualties, or vital materiel, or when performing airdrop or assault landings, the C is the image of current aerospace technology and power projection.
This richly illustrated, all-color, monograph highlights every aspect of the Globemaster design and mission execution through all theaters of American involvement in both wartime and peacetime. All U. Combat operations, disaster relief, upgrades, and production are all described in word and image. This volume is a must for anyone interested in one of the very latest military aircraft that has made an essential contribution in recent conflicts and is looking forward to decades more of exciting service.
Illustrated with photographs and detailed line drawings. Also includes black and white photos. Designed originally as a carrier-borne interceptor armed only with missiles, its beginnings were so promising that the USAF adopted it as a tactical fighter ands was quickly followed by an impressive number of other air forces around the world which explains why certain examples are still in service today.
Full color throughout details the aircraft,their nose art and crew equipment. Full color illust, photos of aircraft, equipment etc. Named for the thunderclap that resounded when the god Thor banged his hammer, and developed to replace the Saab 32 Lansen as a strike aircraft and Saab 35 Draken as a fighter, Viggen was designed as a multirole combat aircraft capable of perfuming fighter, strike, and reconnaissance duties.
Saab adopted a novel and extremely advanced aerodynamic configuration of a main delta wing combined with delta-shaped foreplanes. Viggen became the first canard-equipped military aircraft to enter production since aviation's 'stick-and-string' days. Viggen easily met the strict Swedish Air Force specification of combat operations from meter runways and public roads -- a performance standard that few other attack jets in the world could equal.
Significantly, the Viggen was the first aircraft to be equipped with both afterburner and reverse trust. Continually upgraded during its career, the Viggen produced a number of variants, including a two-seater trainer as well as photo-reconnaissance, ground-attack, and all-weather interceptor versions, which came to an end with the last Viggen flight in Swedish military service in June This volume contains photos published here for the first time, as well as detailed drawings based on original Saab technical manuals.
Outstanding among the few publications in the world devoted to Saab 37, this book will be of interest to modelers and aircraft enthusiasts alike. Illustrated with photographs, color profiles and numerous detailed line drawings. VA, F.
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