Project Terminated: Aviation Cancellations and What Might Have Been 1951-1986

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Throughout aerospace history, production contracts for military aircraft programs have been awarded and then cancelled as political, technological, and operational dictates mandated. Many legendary airplanes like the Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing, the Canadian CF-105 Arrow, and the Mach 3 Lockheed YF-12 Interceptor were actually built and flown successfully before being cancelled. Others, such as the North American F-108 Rapier, never made it past the mock-up stage. This book shows, for the very first time, what ...
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Overview

Throughout aerospace history, production contracts for military aircraft programs have been awarded and then cancelled as political, technological, and operational dictates mandated. Many legendary airplanes like the Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing, the Canadian CF-105 Arrow, and the Mach 3 Lockheed YF-12 Interceptor were actually built and flown successfully before being cancelled. Others, such as the North American F-108 Rapier, never made it past the mock-up stage. This book shows, for the very first time, what might have happened had these cancelled designs, often fraught with corporate politics and industrial intrigue, actually entered production and operational service.
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Editorial Reviews

Bill Yenne
"Fans of Erik Simonsen's amazing photos illustrations, as I have been for years, will be delighted with this book. His remarkable work has long graced the covers of numerous issues of Aviation Week, Air Force Magazine and other publications, and now there is a whole book of his photo illustrations. Aviation history buffs will look forward to sitting down in a favorite chair at the end of the day to open this package and select a story to enjoy." -Bill Yenne
Aviation History magazine - Walter Boyne
"Project Terminated focuses on the intimate details of some of the most fascinating aircraft ever to leave a drawing board." -Walter Boyne, Aviation History
IPMS/USA - Hub Plott
"The extensive illustrations really make this book stand out! I can recommend it to the modeler, historian, and aviation buff without reservation. Each will find something to enjoy and inspire within these pages." -Hub Plott, IPMS/USA, April 2013
former editor Aviation Week & Space Technology - William B. Scott
"Aerospace history is littered with the debris of what-might-have-been. Cutting-edge aircraft and space programs that were conceived, studied, funded and often brought to the threshold of flight or operational status are explored in this fascinating, art-rich book. But a key discriminator is the author's careful, understated exploration of reasons behind project terminations, and the impacts thereof...." -Willam B. Scott 'Bill Scott', former editor, Aviation Week & Space Technology, May 6, 2013
Dr. Sky Radio
http://www.teentalknetwork.com/sky.htm

Erik Simonsen was interviewed by Steve Kates (Dr Sky) June 5, 2013

Air & Space magazine - Richard P. Hallion
"The book is one of those rare works that belongs on the shelf of anyone whose pulse quickens at the sound of an afterburner." -Richard P. Hallion, Air & Space, August 2013
SpeedReaders.info
"The detail is staggering and convincing, and the execution pleasing and, well, impressive." -SpeedReaders.info, October 2013
Friends Journal
cover image and short comment in Winter 13-14 Friends Journal published by the National Museum of the Air Force
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859791731
  • Publisher: Crecy Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/15/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 229,531
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Since the late 1960s Erik Simonsen has been photographing all types of military, commercial, business and sports aviation subjects. What started as a hobby has turned into part-time professional work, as Simonsen authored two photographically illustrated books, entitled Spy Planes and This is Stealth, and numerous magazine articles.
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  • Posted May 6, 2013

    Project Terminated Review - 5-6-13 Aerospace history is littered

    Project Terminated Review - 5-6-13
    Aerospace history is littered with the debris of what-might-have-been. Cutting-edge aircraft and space programs that were conceived, studied, funded and often brought to  the threshold of flight or operational status are explored in this fascinating, art-rich book. But a key discriminator is the author's careful, understated exploration of reasons behind project terminations, and the impacts thereof.
    For example, Erik Simonsen's concise history of North American Aviation's F-108 Rapier Mach-3 interceptor—augmented by the author's trademark photos of exquisite models melded with real-world backgrounds—is a sobering case study of how national security often is sacrificed on the altar of political expediency. Even though military professionals were counting on the F-108 to defend against Soviet bombers and missiles attacking the U.S., president Eisenhower's budget director was wedded to the idea of balancing the federal budget, during Ike's last year in office. It would look good and be a fine legacy. Despite the national security risks incurred, he deemed the Rapier expendable.
    But what if the F-108, B-70 supersonic bomber, X-20 DynaSoar spaceplane, Canadian CF-105 Arrow and myriad other visionary projects had been completed and fielded in robust numbers? Might the Cold War have ended much sooner, perhaps saving billions of taxpayer dollars and untold lives? Would mankind's knowledge of hypersonic aerodynamics be far more advanced now? How many shooting wars might have been avoided across the globe, thanks to more-imposing deterrents?
    These and equally intriguing what-ifs are examined in this benchmark work, which belongs on every airman's bookshelf. And, in a logical world, "Project Terminated" would be required reading for every politician and government official responsible for protecting and serving a nation's citizens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Great Gift

    My 41 year old son wanted this for Christmas, since he loves aviation and is an engineer, it is a great gift.

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