The Big Book of X-Bombers & X-Fighters

USAF Jet-Powered Experimental Aircraft and Their Propulsive Systems

Author: Steve Pace

Publisher: Zenith Press

ISBN: 0760351422

Category: History

Page: 360

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They're all here--every X-bomber and X-fighter since 1942. On October 2, 1942, the Bell XP-59 Airacomet soared up and away from present-day Edwards AFB, launching the US Army Air Forces into the Jet Age. In the several decades since, hundreds of new variations of experimental and test turbojet-powered bombers and fighters--X-bombers and X-fighters--have taken explosive flight. These aircraft blazed a trail leading to today's B-2 Stealth Bomber and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Big Book of X-Bombers & X-Fighters showcases all of the USAF jet-powered X-bombers and X-fighters that have flown since 1942--more than 90 in all, including the alphabet soup of their variants. From experimental to prototype service bombers and fighters--from the XB-43 to the B-2A and the XP-59A to the F-35A--they're all here, with their inside stories revealed. Some of these aircraft were further developed. Others were canceled. All stretched the performance and design envelopes. More than 250 photos illustrate all of these experimental aircrafts' cutting-edge features and zeroes in on histories of their design, flight testing, and weapons testing. Specification tables detailing performance, design, and armaments help round out this compendium of information on truly groundbreaking aviation designs. X-bombers and X-fighters in The Big Book of X-Bombers & X-Fighters include: Bell P-59 Airacomet Republic P/F-84 Thunderjet Douglas B-43 Jetmaster North American B-45 Tornado Boeing B-47 Stratojet Curtiss P/F-87 Blackhawk McDonnell P/F-85 Goblin Convair P/F-92 "Dart" Northrop F-17 Cobra Boeing B-1 Lancer And all the rest! Specifications included for each aircraft include: Length Height Wingspan Empty weight Gross weight Maximum range Ceiling Maximum speed Armament In addition, veteran aviation author Steve Pace shows readers some of the designs that could have been and offers a peek into what might be lurking in the future, making this the definitive guide to USAF jet-powered experimental aircraft!

The Projects of Skunk Works

75 Years of Lockheed Martin's Advanced Development Programs

Author: Steve Pace

Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)

ISBN: 0760350329

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 7789

The stories behind more than 50 secret projects undertaken by the famed Lockheed Martin Skunk Works on behalf of the US Armed Forces, DARPA, and the CIA - all illustrated with official Skunk Works photography and commissioned artworks. Hatched in June 1943 after a special request of the US Army Air Forces to develop a turbojet-powered fighter to counter growing German threats, Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works has gone on to develop remarkable aeronautical and space technologies, including stealth. Some have made it into production, while others never quite made it off drafting boards and computer screens, but proved fascinating nonetheless. This generously illustrated history tackles Skunk Works programs ranging from jet fighters and jet engines to missiles and rockets, helicopters, research aircraft, airships, unmanned aerial vehicles and recon drones, and even the seagoing stealth ship Sea Shadow - more than 50 in all. Author Steve Pace examines the historical context which led government organizations to approach the Skunk Works, as well as the technologies and projects developed there (often on a handshake and unburdened by bureaucracies), and the anecdotes and legends associated with each program. Pace includes official Skunk Works photography of the projects taken both at its headquarters and at test facilities such as Area 51. In addition, commissioned color artworks help further illustrate many of these projects featured herein. In addition to profiling legendary aircraft like the F-80, F-94, F-104, U-2, SR-71, F-117, and F-35, Pace takes on more obscure projects from the past as well as those still to come, such as the hypersonic SR-72 and High Speed Strike Weapon, and even offers a peak into what the future might hold with the proposed TR-X.

Complete History of U.S. Combat Aircraft

Winners, Losers, and What Might Have Been

Author: Erik Simonsen

Publisher: Specialty Press

ISBN: 1580072275

Category: History

Page: 228

View: 5394

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.'

Testbeds, Motherships & Parasites

Astonishing Aircraft From the Golden Age of Flight Test

Author: Frederick A. Johnsen

Publisher: Specialty Press

ISBN: 1580072410

Category: History

Page: 204

View: 2619

Filling a void in major works about rare and exotic flight test aircraft, this book is the definitive work on the converted bombers and transports that served as the critically important launch vehicles to the headline-grabbing X-Planes. Covered are scores of aircraft of all types converted for use as "flying laboratories" to test engines, wings, cockpits, and aerodynamic devices all in the name of aviation progress. Also included are the "parasite" aircraft carried aloft to be launched and recovered by their motherships. The 12 detailed chapters in this book thoroughly cover every aspect of mothership, testbed, and parasite aircraft. Also featured are detailed appendices containing extensive reference material for modelers, historians, and enthusiasts, including a complete listing of known engine testbeds; a complete listing of known airframe mods and systems-test aircraft; and all combinations of U.S. and foreign motherships and parasite-carrying aircraft. Aviation history is filled with legendary aircraft, but in many cases, the design and development of these brilliant machines were dependent on significant inflight testing of new engines, advanced airframe structures, and the latest in flight control and flight-related systems. The availability of already-flying airframes that could be modified easily for specific airborne test work saved years of engineering time, not to mention the lives of countless test pilots who did not have to face airborne risks of the unknown.

Britannica book of the year

Author: Franklin Henry Hooper,Walter Yust

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Yearbooks

Page: N.A

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The Guinness book of records

Author: Alan Russell,Norris D. McWhirter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780851128689

Category: Curiosities and wonders

Page: 320

View: 5219

The Guinness book of records 1991

Author: Donald McFarlan,Norris McWhirter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780851123745

Category: Curiosities and wonders

Page: 313

View: 6048

Die Rakete zu den Planetenräumen

Author: Hermann Oberth

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3486747126

Category: Science

Page: 106

View: 4185

Hermann Oberth gilt als einer der bedeutendsten Pioniere der Raketentechnik. Visionär waren nicht nur seine umfassende, akribische Untersuchung und Optimierung aller denkbaren Raketenparamter, sondern auch seine Vorschläge zur Raketeninstrumentierung für bemannte und wissenschaftliche Missionen sowie Ideen für Start- und Testanlagen. Die Neuauflage ermöglicht es, die Realisierung von Oberth's "Traum" nachzuvollziehen und mit der heutigen Raumfahrtrealität abzugleichen. Reprint der 5. Auflage von 1984

Luftfahrtforschung in Deutschland

Author: Ernst Heinrich Hirschel,Horst Prem,Gero Madelung

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783763761234

Category: Aeronautics

Page: 638

View: 1616

Aeronautical Engineering

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Aeronautics

Page: N.A

View: 9587

A selection of annotated references to unclassified reports and journal articles that were introduced into the NASA scientific and technical information system and announced in Scientific and technical aerospace reports (STAR) and International aerospace abstracts (IAA)

Messer, Gabel, Reissverschluss

Die Evolution der Gebrauchsgegenstände

Author: Henry Petroski

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3034861893

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 342

View: 7788

Systeme von Turbofan-Triebwerken

Funktionen der Triebwerkssysteme von Verkehrsflugzeugen

Author: Andreas Linke-Diesinger

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3662445700

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 240

View: 3207

Um das Funktionsprinzip von Turbinentriebwerken zu verstehen, reicht es nicht aus, das grundsätzliche Funktionsprinzip einer Gasturbine zu kennen. Es ist ebenfalls erforderlich, die Funktionen und den Aufbau der Triebwerkssysteme zu verstehen. Dieses Buch bietet eine Einführung in die Systemfunktionen von modernen Turbofan-Triebwerken. Es ist für Leser geschrieben, die mit dem Funktionsprinzip des Turbinentriebwerks vertraut sind und sich grundlegend mit den Funktionen der Triebwerkssysteme befassen wollen. Mit Hilfe dieses Buches erhält der Leser auch eine Orientierung in dem scheinbaren Gewirr von Rohrleitungen, Schläuchen, Kabeln und Systembauteilen an einem Turbofan-Triebwerk. In diesem Buch findet der Leser Informationen über den Betrieb der Triebwerkssysteme, die Aufgaben ihrer Komponenten und die in der Luftfahrtindustrie übliche Terminologie. Die englischen Begriffe werden ebenfalls genannt oder auch im Text verwendet, wenn dies sinnvoll ist. Die Triebwerkssysteme werden anhand von Beispielen erklärt, die von heute in Verwendung befindlichen Triebwerkstypen verschiedener Hersteller stammen. Dieses Buch ist eine nützliche Informationsquelle für Mechaniker und Ingenieurs-Studenten. Auch Flugschüler in der Berufspilotenausbildung finden hier Informationen, die das in ihrer Ausbildung vermittelte Wissen erweitern. Selbst für Leser ohne Ingenieursausbildung und für solche, die sich nicht beruflich mit der Materie befassen, bietet das Buch umfassende und leicht verständliche Informationen. Es hilft ihnen, die Funktionsprinzipien der Systeme von Turbofan-Triebwerken zu verstehen.

The Aeroplane

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: N.A

View: 3961