Experimental & Prototype U.S. Air Force Jet Fighters

Overview

The United States Air Force was late in developing a jet fighter, definitely behind Germany and the United Kingdom. Nevertheless, a small number of Lockheed P-80 Shooting Stars did make it to the European and Mediterranean theaters of operations before VE Day, although they did not see combat. After the war, the sheer size of the U.S. aviation industry guaranteed that American fighters would soon dominate the skies.

However, the state of the ...
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Overview

The United States Air Force was late in developing a jet fighter, definitely behind Germany and the United Kingdom. Nevertheless, a small number of Lockheed P-80 Shooting Stars did make it to the European and Mediterranean theaters of operations before VE Day, although they did not see combat. After the war, the sheer size of the U.S. aviation industry guaranteed that American fighters would soon dominate the skies.

However, the state of the art was advancing so fast that many development efforts never resulted in production aircraft; concepts that had seemed reasonable, even ideal, at the time were quickly overcome by newer and better technology. In the United States alone, several dozen different fighter designs made it to the prototype stage during the 1950s and 1960s.

In this book, Dennis R. Jenkins and Tony R. Landis look at the variety of different jet-fighter concepts developed by the U.S. Air Force after World War II. These pages cover all experimental and prototype jet fighters that made it to the hardware stage - design studies and "paper airplanes" are not discussed since other current books are dedicated to those subjects. The rationale for developing each aircraft is covered, along with a discussion of the technology needed to build it, its flight-test program, and the reasons it was cancelled or ordered into production. The text is derived mostly from official Air Force documents, and all of the aircraft are well covered photographically, usually with seldom-seen images showing them as they appeared during their flight-test program.
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Editorial Reviews

Plane Talk Newsletter
In this great book, you'll find out what happened to them.
Aviation History
It will be of immense value to any student of aircraft - or anyone writing about aviation.
—Walter J. Boyne
Internet Modeler
Beautifully researched and amply illustrated with hundreds of photographs, this book does more than just describe the individual aircraft. Whether you are interested in experimentnal fighters or aviation design, this book is well worth having.
—Chris Banyai-Riepl
IPMS
If you have an interest in the inception and design of jet powered aircraft, I believe you'll find this book to be an indispensable volume to add to your library.
—Mike Howard
Model Aircraft Monthly
Jenkins and Landis' cool, comprehensive compendium promises endless enjoyment for historians and modelers alike. This excellent effort enjoys my highest recommendation.
—David L. Veres
Modeling Madness
It is one of those books that every USAF enthusiast needs to have on their shelves. A great read and superb reference.
—Scott Van Aken
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580071116
  • Publisher: Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/15/2008
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 501,665
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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