American Secret Pusher Fighters of WWII

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American Secret Pusher Fighters of World War II analyzes the state of military aircraft procurement just prior to the start of World War II. It provides insight into the difficulties encountered by America's air services in dealing with an isolationist Congress and a limited mindset in the Army, which was seemingly indifferent to the aeronautical progress being made in Europe by the British and Germans. The book then focuses on the three winners of the 1940 fighter competition - the Vultee XP-54, the Curtiss ...
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Overview

American Secret Pusher Fighters of World War II analyzes the state of military aircraft procurement just prior to the start of World War II. It provides insight into the difficulties encountered by America's air services in dealing with an isolationist Congress and a limited mindset in the Army, which was seemingly indifferent to the aeronautical progress being made in Europe by the British and Germans. The book then focuses on the three winners of the 1940 fighter competition - the Vultee XP-54, the Curtiss XP-55, and the Northrop XP-56. These radical designs ("Pusher" referred to having the engine in the back) used non-strategic materials and were developed in secret. At the time, the aerodynamics of these aircraft far outpaced engine development. In addition, this book details the technical difficulties of mating an advanced aircraft design with inadequate engine development.
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Editorial Reviews

Al Bowie

This title, like others from Specialty Press, is impressive and thorough with many never before published pictures of XP54, 55, and 56 designs. I found this an engrossing title and one I recommend for anyone with an interest in WWII aviation and aviation technology in general.
Hyperscale

Books-On-Line
This is a fascinating book as it describes the efforts that were being put forth in the new designs, the way such projects were handled during the war, and the resulting design improvements that eventually led to features incorporated into later designs.
Internet Modeler
In conclusion, I am very impressed with this book. The wealth of rare photos and drawings alone are worth having a copy. I would definitely recommend this book to both aircraft historians as well as model builders.
—Gerry Nilles
IPMS
Aviation history buffs will revel in the history and development of these specialized aircraft. Scale modelers, especially those interested in experimental pre-production aircraft, will love the beautifully presented detail. This book has my highest recommendation.
—Keith Pruitt
Model Aircraft Monthly
Specialty Press is forging a deservedly brilliant reputation for unearthing aviation exotica with gems like these. Treat yourself to loads of fascinating, futuristic fun and buy this captivating book. Rabidly recommended.
—David Veres
Model Airplane International

Another highly informative title that is packed to overflowing with the type of techincal photographs and diagrams that modelers love.

Modeling Madness
As you might guess, Specialty Press has another winner in this one. We are indeed fortunate that this publisher can be counted upon to produce high quality books time and time again. This one is no exception and is not only an excellent research tool for the modeler and enthusiast, but a great read as well. Highly recommended.
—Scott Van Aken
Paul Butler

The book is very well written, and contains many interesting pictures and drawings that are presented for the first time. We enjoyed the book, and highly recommend it to our members.
AAHS Flightline Newsletter

Walter J. Boyne

This is the definitive book about the three aircraft, written in a readable, agreeable style that demonstrates the author's mastery of the subject. Specialty Press has once again provided the public with a superb product that fills a void.
Aviation History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580071253
  • Publisher: Specialty Press Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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    David Balderrama- Aviation & Hobby enthusiast

    American Secret Pusher Fighters of WWII covers a unique and hardly published portion of aviation history created during the Second World War. During those early dark times many designs studied and when proven feasible, were followed up with a proof of concept prototype aircraft being built. This book covers three such aircraft designs, the XP-54, XP-55 and XP-56, aircraft with the unique design of having the propeller pushing from the rear vs. pulling from the front. Inside you¿ll find excellent photos, diagrams and history from their earliest development to their current disposition.<BR/>American Secret Pusher Fighters of WWII is an excellent reference book for the casual reader to the serious hobbyist.

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