Convair Advanced Designs: Secret Projects from San Diego, 1923-1962

Convair Advanced Designs: Secret Projects from San Diego, 1923-1962

by Robert E. Bradley
     
 

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Consolidated Vultee, which later became Convair, built some of the world's best flying boats in the 1930s, and the world's best bombers during World War II. Convair's six-engine B-36 strategic bomber was credited with keeping the world safe during the early throes of the Cold War. But before all these great aircraft took to the skies, scores of ideas and concepts were

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Consolidated Vultee, which later became Convair, built some of the world's best flying boats in the 1930s, and the world's best bombers during World War II. Convair's six-engine B-36 strategic bomber was credited with keeping the world safe during the early throes of the Cold War. But before all these great aircraft took to the skies, scores of ideas and concepts were proposed and analyzed by company management to determine if production would even be feasible. CONVAIR ADVANCED DESIGNS is a book that brings these futuristic, but stillborn, concepts to life for the very first time. This book features many never-before-seen company photographs, models, and drawings of such futuristic concepts as a folding-rotor anti-submarine patrol bomber and a giant seaplane passenger transport launched from a high-speed rail car! Readers will also be fascinated to see how certain seemingly unbelievable designs evolved into actual production airplanes years later, such as the giant Convair Tradewind turboprop seaplane transport.

Editorial Reviews

Modeling Madness

It is a book that I can quite easily provide my highest recommendation. I know you will not be disappointed.

Air Classics

As readers of this column know, Specialty Press has been cranking out some very high quality books on a wide variety of aviaiton subjects, but Convair Advanced Designs tackles a most interesting aviation niche - aircraft that were designed, but not built. Five stars.

IPMS
This book will be of interest to the modeler, aviation enthusiast/historian alike. I can recommend it to all that like the subject.
Convair Advanced Designs
Overall, this provides a very interesting examination into the evolution of an aviation manufacturer over several decades. -Internet Modeler, reviewed by Chris Banyai-Riepl, September 2010

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580071338
Publisher:
Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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