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A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warbirds Illustrated No. 40)
It seems generous to call the Fairchild Republic A-10 a fighter, at least by modern standards: whilst most modern fighters are capable of performing an air-to-air mission, the A-10 is limited to the glamourless close air support role. The A-10 does not carry a radar, it cannot rely on high speed for pursuit or escape, and it cannot climb high into the stratosphere beyond the range of ground-based weapons. The A-10 seems to be better classed with the medium bombers of the Second World War such as the North American B-25 Mitchell! In fact, specifications for the A-10 closely parallel those of the Mitchell: wing span, length and height are almost identical. The A-10's empty weight is only 700lb greater, but with a maximum load the A-10 weighs almost six tons more than the B-25H's eighteen tons. At those weights, the A-10 carries 16,000lb of ordnance compared with the B-25H's 3,2001b. (Much of the B-25's maximum weight was accounted for by five additional crew members and defensive armaments, though there may well be times that an A-10 driver would wish for a tail gunner.) Both aircraft are known for large cannon. The B-25H's 75mm gun was slow-firing and inaccurate and soon discarded in combat use, but the 30mm cannon of the A-10 is a powerful and accurate weapon. With a top speed in the same class as the Mustang or Spitfire, it would seem that the A-10 would have been quite a contender forty years ago! Since the Second World War, many in the US Air Force have been calling for an aircraft with just these capabilities, and now there is no other aircraft able accurately to deliver as much ordnance to the front lines as can the A-10 Expecting to take hits, it is designed to survive and fly, to be easily repaired, and to fight again. As for defending itself, an F-14 pilot once told me about trying to make gun passes on an A-10: as he moved in, the A-10 pilot turned and reversed. The Navy pilot still seemed amazed as he recounted the story: 'As I flashed by, I could see him turn with me. That big old gun was pointed right at my helmet all the way!' The majority of the photographs in this book have come from the USAF and Fairchild Republic (with my old friend Theron Rinehart, now retired).
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Aeroflot: An Airline and its Aircraft: An Illustrated History of the World’s Largest Airline
This is a history of the Soviet airline that, in the latter 1960s, became the biggest in the world, measured by passenger boardings and passenger-miles flown. Most of this air traffic was on the vast and complex domestic network, many of whose sub-divisions alone would equate in size to a very large airline. Most of the domestic passengers have flown at very cheap fares, in the aerial equivalent of long-distance bus services, almost as a public utility. The extent of the achievement in bringing the benefits of air transport to more than 3,500 communities, otherwise dependent upon long and arduous surface transport, often over long distances, has not been generally realized. Neither have the pioneering efforts of Aeroflot been fully recognized in the West, nor have the enterprising efforts of its Polar Aviation affiliate been fully remembered. The trans-Polar flights of Chkalov and Gomov are a distant memory. This has resulted partly from the extreme difficulty in obtaining information from behind what was once described as the Iron Curtain. Until Mikhail Gorbachev swept restrictions aside with his policies of glasnost and perestroika, the sparse data available gave only a sporadic glimpse of Aeroflots work. This book now offers a panorama of the seventy years of considerable and continuous achievement. It records the development of the world's first transport aircraft in 1913, the first bomber/transport to be put into series production, the world's first sustained jet airline service and the world's largest turboprop airliner. It describes the world's largest helicopters and the world's largest cargo jet aircraft. At the other end of the scale of magnitude, Aeroflot operates about 2,500 of the diminutive piston-engined biplane which is the world's most produced commercial transport aircraft in history. As this book is published, the former Soviet airline is undergoing a metamorphosis. But nothing can erase the fascination of Aeroflot's historical record -- and incidentally, it is a great story.
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Allison Power of Excellence 1915-1990: Allison Gas Turbine Division
The Allison Gas Turbine Division of the General Motors Corporation is one of the largest manufacturers of aircraft engines for medium-sized aircraft. While not as large as companies like Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, or General Electric, Allison has played an important role in the development of aviation. Its engines have been found on aircraft including the Lockheed P-38, C-130 Hercules, Curtiss P-40, Lockheed F-94, and Convair 580. This book tells the story of the unique company from 1915 to 1990.
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Avro Lancaster Manual 1941 onwards (all marks): Owners’ Workshop Manual
The legendary Avro Lancaster receives the famous Haynes Manual treatment with the full co-operation and authorisation of the Royal Air Force. Here is a unique perspective on what it takes to restore and operate a Lancaster, as well as a wonderful insight into the engineering and construction of this remarkable aeroplane. This highly detailed book is based primarily on the Battle of Britain Flight's Lancaster at RAF Coningsby.
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Avro Shackleton 1949 to 1991 (all marks): Owners’ Workshop Manual
With a design lineage that stretches back to the legendary Avro Lancaster and its successor the Avro Lincoln, the Avro Shackleton has a distinguished parentage.
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Avro Vulcan 1952 Onwards (B2 model): Owners’ Workshop Manual
The awesome Avro Vulcan is an enduring image of the Cold War era when the world stood on the brink of nuclear annihilation. For many years the RAF's delta-wing jet bomber was the cornerstone of Britain's nuclear deterrent. Read about the Vulcan's operational history and take a close-up look at its construction. Discover what it takes to own and fly the mighty V-bomber, and find out how engineers keep it airworthy. Centrepiece of the manual is Vulcan XH558 - the world's only flying example of an Avro Vulcan.
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B-52 Stratofortress: The Complete History of the World’s Longest Serving and Best Known Bomber
The B-52 is the longest serving and most versatile of the United States Air Force's combat aircraft. The Stratofortress entered active service in 1955 and is scheduled to continue as part of the air force's inventory through 2040. The jet-powered bomber was a mainstay of America's Cold War nuclear-deterrent strategy, providing air power that balanced the land and sea military forces. The massive plane also served as the launch platform for the experimental X-15 hypersonic rocket aircraft. Due to its versatility as an aircraft, the B-52 has seen combat service in all of America's military conflicts since it came on active duty: Vietnam, the first and second Gulf wars, and the War in Afghanistan. B-52 Stratofortress also covers every aspect of the aircraft's development, manufacture, and modification. These technical details set the stage for its military service, starting with its role as a nuclear bomber in the Cold War even though only conventional weapons have been used during its combat duty. The airplane's service in key campaigns in Vietnam is covered, followed by the quieter years after it. The B-52 returned to prominence in the Gulf Wars and Afghanistan, taking part in massive bombing campaigns in both conflicts. Finally, the book ends with the constant upgrades that will keep the B-52 an integral part of U.S. airpower for decades to come.
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Beechcraft, Pursuit of Perfection: A History of Beechcraft Airplanes
Edward H. Phillips Hardcover 92 pages Out of Print. New old stock.
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Beyond the Horizon: The Story of Lockheed
The author of the definitive history of the U.S. Air Force, Beyond the Wild Blue, now reveals the people and technology responsible for transforming Lockheed into the most profitable, prestigious, and influential company in the aerospace industry.
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Boeing 747 Owners’ Workshop Manual: An Insight into Owning, Flying, and Maintaining the Iconic Jumbo Jet
When the Boeing 747 first flew commercially in 1970, it ushered in a new era of affordable air travel. Often referred to by the nickname “Jumbo Jet”, the 747 was the world’s first wide-body commercial airliner, and its advent has proved to be one of the major milestones in aviation history. The centerpiece of this Haynes Manual is the 747-400, which is the most numerous version. As well as being the bestselling model in the 747 family, there are more 400s currently in service than any other model of this mighty jumbo.
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Boeing B-17 and B-29 Fortress and Superfortress Portfolio
One of a series comprising technical descriptions - cutaway drawings - genealogy - combat and operational records from contemporary articles from Flight, The Aeroplane and Aircraft Production, with modern material from Aeorplane Monthly.
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Boeing B-52 Stratofortress (2nd Edition) Aero Series Volume 34
An illustrated story of the plane covers history, weapons, improvements, operation, and a prediction for its future.
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Cessna: A Master’s Expression
Although much has been written about Cessna aircraft, little factual information has been accumulated about Clyde Vernon Cessna, the man, his companies and the machines that bore his name. In Cessna - a Master's Expression, Ed Phillips has skillfully blended history with a highly readable text that represents the most thoroughly researched story of Cessna yet published. Accordingl, much new ground has been covered in this book. The reader will quickly discovery that many of the previously accepted stories of Cessna history will conflict with the information presented herein. Mr. Phillips has done much original and intensive research into the earliest days of Cessna's flying, a time period sorely lacking in reliable information until now. He interviewed Cessna factory employees who were there when many of the company's historic events occured. The author also talked with men and women who knew Clyde Cessna and his son, Eldon a team that built the famous CR-series racers in 1932-1933.
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Classic Aircraft: A Century of Powered Flight
The development of powered flight is a twentieth-century story. The latest in the best-selling 'Classic' series, Classic Aircraft reviews a cross-section of the pace-setters that have pointed the way forward in the history of aviation: the ‘classic aircraft' which represented for good or ill the cutting edge of applied technology. From 1915 to the present day, bombers created a new and terrible 'total war' -- in the 1940s the German Blitzkrieg employed screaming Stuka dive-bombers as they invaded the rest of Europe, and the RAF's Avro Lancasters carried out night bombing of Germany in the winter of 1944-45. In 1945 bombing reached its apogee with the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima by a Boeing B-29. The counter to the bomber, the fighter developed with the Fokker E-1, the S.E.5a, the Hurricane, the Spitfire, and the US Navy's Hellcat -- all rising out of the early discovery that a small, agile aeroplane can become an efficient killing machine. Civil aviation had its classics too. Originally the exclusive preserve of the rich, who could fly with slow dignity in Handley Page airliners on a twelve-day progress from Croydon to Australia via Imperial Airways, civil flight progressed to the dawn of the package tours in Vickers Viscounts and to the luxury of Concorde in the 1980s. All the machines in this book, whether helicopters or the efficient light aircraft of today or the humble workhorses of the air, have serious claim to be considered as 'classic aircraft' and all, in one form or another, represent the incredible advance in technology unique to the now-departed twentieth century.
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When commercial air services were launched in 1976, Concorde was hailed as one of the wonders of the technological world. Flying at speeds in excess of Mach 2, she was the only commercial airliner ever developed that could maintain twice the speed of sound for periods of over two hours. This is an illustrated guide to Concorde that examines how its designers had to overcome significant challenges in the pursuit of supersonic commercial passenger travel. It documents early opposition to the development of supersonic flight, going on to trace Concorde's path to commercial success. With stunning photography of the aircraft in development and in service, this gift book tells the story of one of the greatest engineering and technological feats of modern history.
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Concorde Pocket Manual
First flown in 1969, Concorde was the first supersonic aircraft to go into commercial service in 1976 and made her final flight in 2003. She was operated primarily by British Airways and Air France. British Airways' Concordes made just under 50,000 flights and flew more than 2.5m passengers supersonically. A typical London to New York crossing would take a little less than three and a half hours compared to around eight hours for a `subsonic flight'. In November 1986 a Concorde flew around the world, covering 28,238 miles in 29 hours, 59 minutes. Today, Concordes can be viewed at museums across the UK and in France, including at IWM Duxford, Brooklands and Fleet Air Arm Museum, as well as at Heathrow, Manchester and Paris-Orly airports. However, there have been recent reports suggest that a Concorde may start operating commercially again. Through a series of key documents the book tells the story of how the aircraft was designed and developed as well as ground-breaking moments in her commercial history.
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Dam Busters Manual: A Guide to the Weapons Technology Used Against the Dams and Special Targets of Nazi-Occupied Europe
The famous dams raid in May 1943 was made possible only by the fusion of cutting-edge technology with the raw courage of a hand-picked squadron of RAF airmen. The incredible bouncing bomb, used to devastating effect by 617 Squadron on the Ruhr dams, was the vanguard of a whole train of technical developments that made this and other precision raids possible. Using the Haynes Manual approach, Iain Murray describes the technology behind the bouncing bomb as well as the heavily modified Lancasters that were used to deliver the weapons.