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 and Air Force F-102 in the 1950s. This book chronicles the… See more details below

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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

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
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580071550
Publisher:
Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
773,238
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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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)

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