Archive for Items Categorized 'Military', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov
A subject shrouded in mystery and suffering from spotty information. No more. Both history and machinery are covered.
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!
by Yefim Gordon & Sergey Komissarov
Similar names, different aircraft. One was the first Soviet supersonic nuclear-capable bomber but failed to live up to expectations, the other a completely reconfigured improvement. This book needs no improvement.
by William D. Spidle
The Navy’s first fully operational supersonic aircraft would become the most successful military aircraft ever built. This book covers its design and development as well as the early stages of its operational history.
by Paul McDonald
The RAF did tremendously important reconnaissance work on Malta, and the women and girls who worked as plotters and cipherenes helped. Obviously, they had private lives, and Ratcliffe’s in particular is way out there.