Killer Rays: Story of the Douglas F4D Skyray & F5D Skylancer

Killer Rays: Story of the Douglas F4D Skyray & F5D Skylancer

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by Mark Frankel
     
 
Killer Rays is the definitive work on the history of the U.S. Navy's only operational delta-wing aircraft, the revolutionary Douglas F4D Skyray and its more advanced variant, the F5D Skylancer. Author Mark Frankel unlocks secrets of delta-wing design and covers the intense rivalry between the Navy's F4D Skyray and Air Force's F-102 Delta Dagger in the 1950s.

Overview

Killer Rays is the definitive work on the history of the U.S. Navy's only operational delta-wing aircraft, the revolutionary Douglas F4D Skyray and its more advanced variant, the F5D Skylancer. Author Mark Frankel unlocks secrets of delta-wing design and covers the intense rivalry between the Navy's F4D Skyray and Air Force's F-102 Delta Dagger in the 1950s. This book chronicles the development of the Skyray from concept to first prototype, flight testing, carrier qualifications, and operational history. It also explains how initial engine problems nearly caused the failure of the F4D, and how it was ultimately saved. The author accessed a wealth of Douglas Aircraft photos, models, artwork, engineering drawings, and related material including transcripts of conversations with Chief Designer, Ed Heinemann and Configuration Engineer, R.G. Smith. As a result, Killer Rays covers, in vivid detail, all aspects of F4D production, flight testing, world speed and time-to-climb records, plus new, never-before-seen aspects of NASA F5D operations, giving the reader the inside story on two significant Cold War U.S. Navy interceptor designs.

Editorial Reviews

Modeling Madness
"Overall, it is yet another of those aviation books that the enthusiast must have on the shelf. Specialty Press has hit on the magic that is required to produce a fine reference book like this one. It is fun to read, has great photos and adds to one's knowledge of the subject. Like all their books, it is most highly recommended."
IPMS
"In this reviewer's opinion, this is the most definitive book to date on the Skyray." -IPMS, reviewed by Ed Kinney, October 2010
Military Aircraft Monthly
"So treat yourself to loads of fascinating fun – and grab Mark Frankel's terrific tome. Strongly recommended." -Military Aircraft Monthly, reviewed by David Veres, November 2010
The Hook
"Killer Rays is an excellent example of modern aircraft biography with a fine photo selection and artwork to complement an equally excellent text." -The Hook, Winter 2010, reviewed by Peter Mersky
Model Airplane International
"This is an extensive historical account of the two types, backed up iwth a lot of technical data and photographs. It is probably about as detailed as any modeler will need."
Naval Aviation News
"Killer Rays is an excellent example of modern aircraft biography, with a fine photo selection and artwork to complement an equally excellent text." -Naval Aviation News, reviewed by Peter Mersky, Summer 2011
Internet Modeler
"Overall, this is an excellent book on the Skyray, one which has been needed for quite some time." -Internet Modeler, reviewed by Chris Banyai-Riepl, September 2010
Air Classics
"This book is an excellent look at the 471 Skyrays and combines very good text, excellent photo reproduction, lots of color profiles, and interviews with pilots to create a very worthwhile volume."
Internet Modeler - Chris Banyai-Riepl
"Overall, this is an excellent book on the Skyray, one which has been needed for quite some time."
IPMS - Ed Kinney
"In this reviewer's opinion, this is the most definitive book to date on the Skyray."
Military Aircraft Monthly - David Veres
"So treat yourself to loads of fascinating fun – and grab Mark Frankel's terrific tome. Strongly recommended."
The Hook - Peter Mersky
"Killer Rays is an excellent example of modern aircraft biography with a fine photo selection and artwork to complement an equally excellent text."
Naval Aviation News - Peter Merksy
"Killer Rays is an excellent example of modern aircraft biography, with a fine photo selection and artwork to complement an equally excellent text."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580071550
Publisher:
Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

Chris Banyai-Riepl
"Overall, this is an excellent book on the Skyray, one which has been needed for quite some time. "--(Chris Banyai-Riepl, September 2010)

Meet the Author

Mark Frankel's life-long interest in aviation began as a flying-aircraft modeler in early childhood. As a teenager, he competed in American Model Association meets at the Nationals level which led to his interest in Naval Aviation. After completing law school, Mark served as a trial lawyer in Navy JAGC and earned his FAA Private License as well.

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Killer Rays: Story of the Douglas F4D Skyray & F5D Skylancer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Gort777 More than 1 year ago
Specialty Press continues to put out fine publications. "Killer Rays" will not disappoint . A must have addition for any aviation buff, this book has it all: great photos, an excellent description of design, development, power plant , teething problems, performance, deployment, records and the stillborn follow-on, the F5D. The color profile section will provide any modeler with tons of info on all test and Navy and Marine Corps squadron markings. An excellent effort by Mr Frankel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago