Archive for Items Categorized 'Military', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.
Building the B-17 Flying Fortress
by Bill Yenne
Well-trodden ground, you think. Turns out there’s a whole lot left to see. Aside from its photographic riches this book is a good synopsis of not only all B-17 variants and manufacturing blocks but also the overall development of the bomber as a strategic tool.
Yakolev Fighters of World War Two
by Yefim Gordon, Sergey & Dmitriy Komissarov
Everyone knows Mustangs and Spits and FW 109s, but Yaks? These Russian fighters were crude only by comparison but fundamentally no less competent. Based on newly released material these veteran authors advance the story another big step.
Valkyrie: The North American XB-70
by Graham M. Simons
70,000 ft of altitude, Mach 3, and the crew is in shirtsleeves. None of these three things are normal. This super plane took supersonic flight to the edge of the envelope. And then it died.
Dornier Do 335 Pfeil/Arrow
by J. Richard Smith and Eddie J. Creek
Fast the Arrow was but it never flew in combat. It made its greatest contribution to aviation during post-WWII testing by the Allies, aided by the German experts who had originally built it. From origins to “what if” studies, this book has it.
Nimrod’s Genesis: RAF Maritime Patrol Projects and Weapons Since 1945
by Chris Gibson
The jet-powered Nimrod submarine hunter that was the right answer during the Cold War found itself increasingly too much of a plane for the low-and-slow patrol jobs—and now it’s out of a job, retired from active service, but missed.
Flying Wings & Radical Things
by Tony Chong
You may think you know what all came out of Northrop Grumman over the years. You don’t; even if you worked there . . . This book will add a whole new list of names to drop at your next party.
British Secret Projects: Jet Fighters Since 1950
by Tony Buttler
Lots of aircraft went into production—but so, so, so many more remained at the thought or test stage. This book looks at the jet fighter side of it, and it is the one whose original version launched a whole series of books—with no end in sight.
Training the Right Stuff: The Aircraft That Produced America’s Jet Pilots
by Mark A. Frankel & Tommy H. Thomason
Jets behaved like nothing before them; accident rates soared. It wasn’t until 1948 that the military had a proper jet trainer—developed with private funds! This splendid book takes us from biplane to high-tech simulator.
“Sam” – Marshal of the Royal Air Force the Lord Elworthy
by Richard Mead
KG, GCB, CBE, DSO, LVO, DFC, AFC, MA—this letter salad bespeaks a highly decorated life. It is only fitting that a biography of this distinguished officer should appear during the RAF’s Centenary year.
Horten Ho 229
by Andrei I. Shepelev & Huib Ottens
The work of the Horten brothers is very remarkable, especially given their young age and the circumstances under which they worked. The Ho 229 was their last and most ambitious project—yielding lessons that are puzzling engineers still.
Soviet Naval Aviation 1946–1991
by Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov
A subject shrouded in mystery and suffering from spotty information. No more. Both history and machinery are covered.
Wave-Off! A History of LSOs and Ship-Board Landings
by Robert R. “Boom” Powell
If you have even the remotest interest in flying—of any sort—or teamwork—of any sort—don’t miss this book because it’ll offer food for thought about many things!