X-Planes and Prototypes: From Nazi Secret Weapons to the Warplanes of the Future
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X-Planes and Prototypes: From Nazi Secret Weapons to the Warplanes of the Future

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by Jim Winchester
     
 

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X stands for the unknown in mathematics and physics. An 'X-Plane' is an experimental or research aircraft designed to explore the boundaries of aeronautical science, and the term has become shorthand for any development model, research aircraft, or technology demonstrator. Fuelled by the desire to conquer the unknown, the aviation industry has created some of the…  See more details below

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X stands for the unknown in mathematics and physics. An 'X-Plane' is an experimental or research aircraft designed to explore the boundaries of aeronautical science, and the term has become shorthand for any development model, research aircraft, or technology demonstrator. Fuelled by the desire to conquer the unknown, the aviation industry has created some of the most remarkable and spectacular aircraft ever to fly, including rocket-powered spacecraft, vertical take-off aeroplanes, giant transporters, and experimental rotorcraft. X-planes are by no means exclusively military. In just over a century, civilian engineers and test pilots have advanced aeronautics from the tentative hops of the Wright Flyer to beyond the atmosphere with the SpaceshipOne, and are certain to go higher, faster, and further.

X-Planes and Prototypes
Jim Winchester is an author of many years' experience who has written widely on various aspects of aviation. He is the author of several books including Fighters of the 20th Century, Combat Legends: A-4 Skyhawk, and Fighter. He contributes to many publications including Air Forces Monthly and Aeroplane. He lives in west London, U.K.

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ISBN-13:
9780760770917
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
08/25/2005
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.24(w) x 6.42(h) x 1.17(d)

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X-Planes and Prototypes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
VikingBerserker More than 1 year ago
This book by the author is MUCH BETTER than his "The World's Worst Aircraft" This one lives up to its title. He gives a nice brief review on a number of X-Planes/Prototypes from the obscure to the well known. The only bad thing I could say about this book is there are a number of planes I wish had been included but if all were, this book would be much bigger then what it is. It's worth paying full price for.