Convair Advanced Designs II: Secret Fighters, Attack Aircraft, and Unique Concepts 1929-1973

Convair Advanced Designs II: Secret Fighters, Attack Aircraft, and Unique Concepts 1929-1973

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by Robert E. Bradley
     
 
Although the Convair Aircraft Company built some of the world's best seaplanes and bombers during World War II the company's rise to prominence as a builder of fighters and attack aircraft did not occur until after 1945. This companion publication to Robert E Bradley's Convair Advanced Designs: Secret Projects from San Diego, 1923-1962, covers these new

Overview

Although the Convair Aircraft Company built some of the world's best seaplanes and bombers during World War II the company's rise to prominence as a builder of fighters and attack aircraft did not occur until after 1945. This companion publication to Robert E Bradley's Convair Advanced Designs: Secret Projects from San Diego, 1923-1962, covers these new aircraft types in the same detailed and comprehensive style.

Previously unpublished company photographs, models, and drawings of such radical concepts as a vertical takeoff ground-attack fighter and giant eight-engine double-decker military transport combine with other futuristic designs some of which eventually evolved into production aircraft.

With much new and comprehensive information and highly detailed technical specifications, Convair Advanced Designs II is a natural follow-up for owners of Bradley's first volume.

Editorial Reviews

International Plastic Modelers Society - Hub Plott
"If you have the author's first volume you simply must buy this one too. You will be glad you did." -IPMS, March 2014
James Caiella - Caiella
An Important Addition to Aviation HistoryIn reviewing any book, one has to keep in mind the author’s intent and whether it delivers on that desire. Robert E. Bradley in his Convair Advanced Designs II sets out to illuminate the “Secret Fighters, Attack Aircraft and Unique Concepts” of Consolidated Vultee Aircraft in its many incarnations from 1929 to 1973. The subject matter is fertile ground; few authors have looked at the details of advanced engineering—specifically design studies and proposals, which led to production aircraft.Bradley does this in style. From the clay-coated, thick, glossy stock of the pages to the subtle tones in watercolor reproductions, this is impressive. The paper choice is an imperative for crisp reproduction not only of the photographs and paintings, but the many line art 3- and 4- views. Those drawings are, from my point of view, the most important addition to my library. Disappointingly, they represent the greatest failing of the work—the lack of identifying information so that the reader can easily track down the originals if needed. But that is my quibble as a researcher. Any other quibble isn’t worth mentioning.Consider one chapter. The XP-92, which evolved into the XF-92A that eventually led to the F-102 and F-106, is a good case in point. Over 21 pages, there are 36 illustrations, six of which are detailed 3-view drawings. All are of adequate size and very good quality reproductions of the originals, they are not redraws. This is a well-illustrated production. Very few are familiar, virtually every turn of the page is an addition to an aviation reader’s visual lexicon.While the focus is on studies and proposals that never saw metal, Bradley does give us enough information about related programs—and even a few competitors—that saw production to give the reader context. No book can be all things to everyone, and that is the case here. But Bradley touches all the bases he outlines in the introduction. He defines the limits of what he presents and the limits of the information that is available. Within those limits this work is bang-on and a worthy addition to the library of anyone who has more than a passing interest in the genesis of military aircraft.The book may be ordered from Specialty Press at 1-800-895-4585, or www.specialtypress.com.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780859791700
Publisher:
Crecy Publishing
Publication date:
02/28/2014
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,092,902
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Bradley has an established career in the aeronautics industry. His career spanned 30+ years at Convair Astronautics. After retirement he volunteered as an archivist at the San Diego Air & Space Museum specializing in the space and missile collection, and Convair archives. Bradley has a long-standing interest in aerospace history, with special emphasis on design studies and proposals of projects that did not reach the hardware stage.

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Convair Advanced Designs II: Secret Fighters, Attack Aircraft, and Unique Concepts 1929-1973 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Rivas_Jakarta77 More than 1 year ago
An excellent follow-on to the the first CONVAIR ADVANCED DESIGNS, this book hit it out of the park. Covering some better known projects such as the XF-92, XP-81, and their F-106 delta wing fighter along with lesser-known variants of that design, and unique designs like the AAFSS and Model 200 VSTOl fighter. Get this book now. It's worth it! :-)