X-Plane Crashes: Exploring Experimental, Rocket Plane, and Spycraft Incidents, Accidents and Crash Sites

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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 them. The authors examine the contributing causes of each crash and use then-and-now photographs to illustrate their findings. The stories ...
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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 them. 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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AAHS Newsletter
Here's a must-have work by two experts in the field.
—G. Pat Macha
Air Classics
All in all, this is an interesting look at the tremendous price paid in the furtherance of aeronautical science.
—George Hulett
FlyPast (UK)
This is much more than 'X-Planes'; it's a look at all development trials through a galaxy of types.
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
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
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
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
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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580071215
  • Publisher: Specialty Press (MN)
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Two leading aviation archaeologists tell of their exploits tracking down the final resting places of experimental aircraft from Edwards Air Force Base.

    Pete Merlin and Tony Moore have finally written a book about their amazing avocation, which is documenting the history and final resting places of the experimental aircraft that flew from Edwards Air Force Base, home of the Right Stuff. The research is thorough and detailed, since their searches for some of these remote high desert sites rely on information that is half a century old or more. Great photographs of this golden age of flight test fill the book, and the stories of the planes, the pilots, and the artifacts they left behind are a treat to anyone with an interest in aviation. Researching X-planes began as a hobby for these two, but it turned into full-time jobs at NASA for both of them, so you couldn't ask for better qualified guides into this fascinating world.

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