World's Fastest Four-Engine Piston-Powered Aircraft

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The photos in this edition are black and white. Still the fastest multi-engine piston aircraft ever flown, the Republic XR-12 and its competitor, the Hughes XF-11, were well ahead of their time in 1946. Envisioned as a long-range photo-reconnaissance aircraft with a top speed of more than 450 mph, the Republic XR-12 also offered near jet-like performance for the world's airlines with a 44-passenger commercial version named the Rainbow. Using original Republic photos, data, and artwork, the author reveals ...
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Overview

The photos in this edition are black and white. Still the fastest multi-engine piston aircraft ever flown, the Republic XR-12 and its competitor, the Hughes XF-11, were well ahead of their time in 1946. Envisioned as a long-range photo-reconnaissance aircraft with a top speed of more than 450 mph, the Republic XR-12 also offered near jet-like performance for the world's airlines with a 44-passenger commercial version named the Rainbow. Using original Republic photos, data, and artwork, the author reveals never-before-published information about the Rainbow airliner. While the clear emphasis of this book is on the Republic airplane, the Hughes XF-11 is also covered and compared in its role as a twin-engine competitor to the more advanced four-engine Republic airplane. Although the XR-12 and XF-11 were among the most elegant-looking aircraft ever built, the Rainbow was considered to be Republic chief designer Alexander Kartveli's ultimate masterpiece. Conversely, the more cantankerous XF-11 almost took the life of its designer and chief test pilot, Howard Hughes.
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Editorial Reviews

Internet Modeler
This is a very nice edition detailing a sadly forgotten aircraft that would be welcome in any library. June 2011
Phil Pignataro
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it has provided me with an excellent reference for the kits I want to build. I wholeheartedly recommend this work to the modeler and to the historian.
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AeroAustralia
I found much of interest in this book and learnt a lot from it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580072021
  • Publisher: Specialty Press
  • Publication date: 5/16/2011
  • Pages: 146
  • Sales rank: 719,994
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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