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X-Plane Crashes

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Known as "The X-Hunters," authors Peter W. Merlin and Tony Moore have located more than 100 crash sites of exotic aircraft from Edwards air Force Base and Area 51. Together, they have recovered parts of supersonic rocket planes, stealthy spy craft, and vehicles that have reached the edge of space. Each story in the book profiles an unusual aircraft and the brave men who flew it. The authors examine the contributing causes of each crash and use then-and-now photographs to illustrate their findings. The stories end...
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Overview

Known as "The X-Hunters," authors Peter W. Merlin and Tony Moore have located more than 100 crash sites of exotic aircraft from Edwards air Force Base and Area 51. Together, they have recovered parts of supersonic rocket planes, stealthy spy craft, and vehicles that have reached the edge of space. Each story in the book profiles an unusual aircraft and the brave men who flew it. The authors examine the contributing causes of each crash and use then-and-now photographs to illustrate their findings. The stories end with The X-Hunters' search for the crash site and what they discovered. Each adventure combines C.S.I.-type skills with X-Files persistence, with a dash of Indiana Jones for adventure. Aircraft profiled include the YB-49 and a pair of N9M flying wings, X-1A, X-1D, VB-51, XB-70, SR-71, YF-12, U-2 prototype, and many more.
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Editorial Reviews

Walter J. Boyne

Well illustrated, and with an appendix of crashes at Muroc/Edwards that is worth the price of the book, X-Plane Crashes has a fascination that cannot be denied.
Aviation History

Internet Modeler
This book is well done and a very interesting read. If you are into aircraft history I would definitely recommend this book.
—Gerry Nilles
IPMS
I have found this book most interesting especially with the accompanying photos of not just the sites but parts of these craft that were found on their quests. I would recommend it to anyone that has even a passing interest in the X-Planes and their fates.
—Jack Kennedy
Modeling Madness
It all makes for a most interesting read and is a book that I enjoyed going through. I know you will find it equally as fascinating.
—Scott Van Aken
Air Classics
All in all, this is an interesting look at the tremendous price paid in the furtherance of aeronautical science.
—George Hulett
Starship Modeler
As a history of aviation/aerospace testing, this book is hard to beat. It's detailed, well-written and well-illustrated.
—John Lester
Model Aircraft Monthly
Take a look at this one, it may give you inspiration to trek the moors of Derbyshire in search of that elusive wreckage.
— James Reaney
FlyPast (UK)
This is much more than 'X-Planes'; it's a look at all development trials through a galaxy of types.
AAHS Newsletter
Here's a must-have work by two experts in the field.
—G. Pat Macha
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580072229
  • Publisher: Specialty Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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