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

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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 and Air Force F-102 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 ...

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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 and Air Force F-102 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
Peter Mersky
IPMS
In this reviewer's opinion, this is the most definitive book to date on the Skyray. --(Ed Kinney, October 2010)
Military Aircraft Monthly
So treat yourself to loads of fascinating fun – and grab Mark Frankel's terrific tome. Strongly recommended. --(David Veres, November 2010)
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. -, March 2011
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. --(September 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580071550
  • Publisher: Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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. Today, Frankel remains an active pilot flying both radio-controlled models and his own Piper PA-28 Archer. He has written numerous articles on flying models, and authored a book on the Navy Temco TT-1 Pinto. KILLER RAYS is Mark's first book for Specialty Press, and is the ultimate outcome of his initial fascination with the Douglas F4D Skyray from his days flying radio-controlled models at Naval Air Station, Willow Grove.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Outstanding!

    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.

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