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  • A Complete History of U.S. Combat Aircraft Fly-Off Competitions: Winners, Losers, and What Might Have Been

    A Complete History of U.S. Combat Aircraft Fly-Off Competitions: Winners, Losers, and What Might Have Been

    Author Erik Simonsen tells the behind-the-scenes stories of US military aircraft competitions and uses over 550 photos, some uniquely created for this work, to provide the reader with many of aviation's most tantalizing

    $44.95
  • American Aircraft Development of WWII: Special Types 1939-1945 New

    American Aircraft Development of WWII: Special Types 1939-1945

    Focusing on the U.S. military's development of special aircraft types during World War II, including many experimental aircraft and one-off secret projects, this book shows how U.S. aviation designs and weapons progressed under the pressure of global warfare.

    $39.95
  • American Secret Projects: Fighters, Bombers and Attack Aircraft 1937-1945

    American Secret Projects: Fighters, Bombers and Attack Aircraft 1937-1945

    This is a new title in this highly acclaimed Secret Projects series, this time looking at fighter and bomber concepts developed by the US aircraft industry for the USAAF and Navy in the years immediately prior to and during World War 2.

    $44.95
  • American Secret Pusher Fighters of World War II: XP-54, XP-55, and XP-56 Sale

    American Secret Pusher Fighters of World War II: XP-54, XP-55, and XP-56

    This fascinating tale of America's first Pusher Fighters highlights the trials and tribulations of innovative designers, dedicated builders, and courageous test pilots, each of whom contributed to bringing the Vultee XP-54 "Swoose Goose," Curtiss-Wright XP-55 "Ascender," and Northrop XP-56 "Black Bullet" into reality.

    Regular Price: $42.95

    Special Price $21.48

  • Bell XFL-1 Airabonita

    Bell XFL-1 Airabonita

    The Bell XFL-1 Airabonita was an experimental shipboard interceptor aircraft developed for the US Navy.

    $16.95
  • Boeing XF8B-1 Fighter

    Boeing XF8B-1 Fighter

    The F/A 18 Hornet was not the first Naval Aircraft designed to meet all the Navy needs.

    $16.95
  • British Experimental Combat Aircraft of WWII: Prototypes, Research Aircraft, & Failed Production Designs

    British Experimental Combat Aircraft of WWII: Prototypes, Research Aircraft, & Failed Production Designs

    A first of its kind, this book describes the British fighter, bomber, and research aircraft produced in the run up to and during World War II.

    $56.95
  • British Secret Projects 5: Britain's Space Shuttle New

    British Secret Projects 5: Britain's Space Shuttle

    From 1963 to 1966, English Electric/BAC secretly led the world in re-useable spacecraft design. After more than 100 proposals for hypersonic aircraft, orbital spy planes, and satellite-killng spacecraft, British engineers developed the 'Multi-Unit Space Transport And Recovery Device' (MUSTARD), six years before the USA's famous Space Shuttle program.

    $44.95
  • Consolidated Vultee XB-46 New

    Consolidated Vultee XB-46

    The Consolidated Vultee (Convair) XB-46 jet-powered medium bomber was first developed by the USAAF in 1945. Although the XB-46 bomber never went into production, it became the first all-pneumatic aircraft, using pneumatics to operate landing gear, brakes, and bomb bay doors. This Cold War-era aircraft's biggest legacy was its unique beauty!

    $21.95
  • Consolidated Vultee XP-81

    Consolidated Vultee XP-81

    The Consolidated Vultee XP-81 was the Air Corp's first fighter designed around two gas turbine engines. This was the USAF's answer to Ryan Fireball.

    $12.95
  • Convair Advanced Designs II: Secret Fighters, Attack Aircraft, and Unique Concepts 1929-1973

    Convair Advanced Designs II: Secret Fighters, Attack Aircraft, and Unique Concepts 1929-1973

    This companion publication to Robert E Bradley's Convair Advanced Designs: Secret Projects from San Diego, 1923-1962, covers these new aircraft types in the same detailed and comprehensive style.

    $39.95
  • Convair Advanced Designs: Secret Projects from San Diego, 1923-1962

    Convair Advanced Designs: Secret Projects from San Diego, 1923-1962

    This book features many never-before-seen company photographs, models, and drawings of such futuristic concepts as a folding-rotor anti-submarine patrol bomber and a giant seaplane passenger transport launched from a high-speed rail car!

    $29.95
  • Convair Deltas: From SeaDart to Hustler

    Convair Deltas: From SeaDart to Hustler

    Convair Deltas examines each of the company's delta-wing programs in detail using dozens of original factory photos to highlight the narrative.

    $32.95
  • Convair XF2Y-1 and YF2Y-1 Sea Dart

    Convair XF2Y-1 and YF2Y-1 Sea Dart

    The Convair Sea Dart was the US Navy's only supersonic seaplane fighter ever built, and this book covers the engineering, development and testing of one of the most unique naval aircraft concepts.

    $21.95
  • Convair XFY-1 Pogo

    Convair XFY-1 Pogo

    First published in 1994, the XFY-1 Pogo book tells the story of one of two Navy prototypes contracted as vertical take off turboprop fighters capable of operating from LSTs, destroyers, cruisers and larger capitol ships.

    $12.95
  • Curtiss Ascender XP-55

    Curtiss Ascender XP-55

    The Curtiss XP-55 Ascender was a tailless swept-wing WWII pusher fighter design born out by the USAAC 1940 fighter competition. Only three ever made, this book tells their story from start to finish.

    $24.95
  • Curtiss XBT2C-1

    Curtiss XBT2C-1

    This is the fifth book in the series of World War II aircraft designed under the Navy's Bomber Torpedo requirements.

    $19.95
  • Curtiss XBTC-2 Eggbeater

    Curtiss XBTC-2 Eggbeater

    Curtiss Model 98 XBTC-2 was designed for a request for a single seat dive/torpedo bomber in 1942. The -2 was first flown on January 20 1945, and all work on the -1 was terminated after 1943. The crash of the first prototype in February 1947, and the second in August 1947, ended the development.

    $12.95
  • Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak

    Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak

    The Skystreak, sponsored by the U.S. Navy and NACA, was charged with exploring flight in the transonic region.

    $16.95
  • Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket

    Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket

    The D-558 program was a Douglas Aircraft contract with the U.S. Navy and NACA intended to produce an aircraft for the purpose of exploring transonic and supersonic flight.

    $19.95
  • Drone Strike!: UCAVs and Unmanned Aerial Warfare in the 21st Century-Limited Signed Edition New

    Drone Strike!: UCAVs and Unmanned Aerial Warfare in the 21st Century-Limited Signed Edition

    1st 100 Orders Receive Autographed Copies! Drone Strike! takes you inside the secret world of Remotely Piloted Aircraft and the future of 21st Century warfare, revealing the cutting-edge technology and unique capabilities of these amazing unmanned military aircraft.

    $39.95
  • Early US Jet Fighters: Proposals, Projects and Prototypes

    Early US Jet Fighters: Proposals, Projects and Prototypes

    A fascinating, highly illustrated insight into early post-war jet fighter development by an expert aviation historian and author, Early US Jet Fighters is set to become a standard reference.

    $49.95
  • Flying Saucer Technology

    Flying Saucer Technology

    Starting with the earliest proposals for man-powered circular winged flying machines, this book explores the history of pre-war circular an oval shaped aircraft, leading to the highly unusual American Flying Flapjacks and the controversial attempts by wartime German scientists to a build a working flying disc.

    $42.95
  • Flying Wings & Radical Things: Northrop's Secret Aerospace Projects & Concepts 1939-1994

    Flying Wings & Radical Things: Northrop's Secret Aerospace Projects & Concepts 1939-1994

    Here for the first time is the untold story of Northrop's rare, unique, and formerly super-secret aircraft and spacecraft.

    $44.95
  • French Secret Projects 1: Post War Fighters New

    French Secret Projects 1: Post War Fighters

    During the Cold War, France made determined efforts to develop high-performance fighter aircraft and to investigate turbojet, ramjet, and rocket propulsion for military aircraft. This new book features a complete history of the French x-plane programs and the resulting fighter aircraft designs and prototypes.

    $44.95
  • Grumman XF10F-1 Jaguar Swing-Wing

    Grumman XF10F-1 Jaguar Swing-Wing

    The one-airplane project stemming from the swing-wing Jaguar program was only flown by one pilot, Corwin "Corky" Meyer who tells the story here.

    $10.95
  • Horten Ho 229 Flying Wing: Spirit of Thuringia

    Horten Ho 229 Flying Wing: Spirit of Thuringia

    This book offers the most thorough technical study ever done about the Horten Ho 229 flying wing, Nazi Germany's secret jet fighter, and is certain to appeal to WWII and x-plane enthusiasts, as well as aviation modelers.

    $49.95
  • Hypersonic: The Story of the North American X-15 (Revised Edition) Sale

    Hypersonic: The Story of the North American X-15 (Revised Edition)

    This is the most extensively researched history of the X-15 program yet produced, written with the cooperation of surviving X-15 pilots as well as many other program principals.

    Regular Price: $28.95

    Special Price $14.48

  • Japanese Secret Projects 1: Experimental Aircraft of the IJA & IJN 1939-1945

    Japanese Secret Projects 1: Experimental Aircraft of the IJA & IJN 1939-1945

    A fascinating insight into the largely untouched world of Japanese secret projects, many of which actually took to the skies in amidst the chaos of World War II.

    $42.95
  • Japanese Secret Projects 2: Experimental Aircraft of the IJA & IJN 1939-1945

    Japanese Secret Projects 2: Experimental Aircraft of the IJA & IJN 1939-1945

    Continues the story of the Japanese aviation industry's secret projects during WWII, focusing on designs that actually progressed beyond the drawing board - whether they flew in combat or not. Includes stunning color renditions of the aircraft in combat, as well as color profiles and markings.

    $42.95
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  • AMARG: America's Military Aircraft Boneyard

    AMARG: America's Military Aircraft Boneyard

    AMARG is the largest US military aircraft storage center. Numerous photographs taken both from the air and on the ground show the reader vistas of the 4,000 total airplanes stored at this site, while a detailed appendix gives a comprehensive listing of all the aircraft types.

    $24.95
  • American Aircraft Development of WWII: Special Types 1939-1945 New

    American Aircraft Development of WWII: Special Types 1939-1945

    Focusing on the U.S. military's development of special aircraft types during World War II, including many experimental aircraft and one-off secret projects, this book shows how U.S. aviation designs and weapons progressed under the pressure of global warfare.

    $39.95
  • American Secret Projects: Fighters, Bombers and Attack Aircraft 1937-1945

    American Secret Projects: Fighters, Bombers and Attack Aircraft 1937-1945

    This is a new title in this highly acclaimed Secret Projects series, this time looking at fighter and bomber concepts developed by the US aircraft industry for the USAAF and Navy in the years immediately prior to and during World War 2.

    $44.95
  • Boeing B-50

    Boeing B-50

    Explores every model of the second Superfortress, including some previously little-known variants.

    $49.95
  • Building the P-51 Mustang: The Story of Manufacturing North American's Legendary WWII Fighter in Original Photos

    Building the P-51 Mustang: The Story of Manufacturing North American's Legendary WWII Fighter in Original Photos

    This major work is devoted strictly to telling the story of how this legendary airplane was designed and built using rare original factory photos, documents, and unique engineering information.

    $34.95
  • Collecting Vintage Plastic Model Airplane Kits

    Collecting Vintage Plastic Model Airplane Kits

    Examines vintage model airplane kits and highlights what collectors should look for in building their collections. Covers model development in the heyday, and shows pricing for vintage kits.

    $24.95
  • Convair Deltas: From SeaDart to Hustler

    Convair Deltas: From SeaDart to Hustler

    Convair Deltas examines each of the company's delta-wing programs in detail using dozens of original factory photos to highlight the narrative.

    $32.95
  • Douglas AD/A-1 Skyraider: Part Two

    Douglas AD/A-1 Skyraider: Part Two

    The Douglas AD/A-1 Skyraider Part Two covers Skyraider Fleet and Utility squadrons with decriptions about each squadron along with vintage photos, squadron patches and unit insignia.

    $55.95
  • Grumman S2F/S-2 Tracker and WF-2/E-1B Tracer Part Two New

    Grumman S2F/S-2 Tracker and WF-2/E-1B Tracer Part Two

    The book covers the operational history of the aircraft in squadron service including the reserves and training squadrons and as a squadron utility and command aircraft at Naval Air Stations and facilities.

    $52.95
  • Grumman S2F/S-2 Tracker Part One: Development, Testing, Variants, and Foreign Users

    Grumman S2F/S-2 Tracker Part One: Development, Testing, Variants, and Foreign Users

    Richly illustrated and filled with anecdotes by Tracker pilots and crewmen, Grumman S2F/S-2 Tracker describes the history and service of this dependable carrier-based antisubmarine aircraft. Both in military and civilian roles. Trackers proved to be adaptable and long-serving aircraft.

    $46.95
  • Horten Ho 229 Flying Wing: Spirit of Thuringia

    Horten Ho 229 Flying Wing: Spirit of Thuringia

    This book offers the most thorough technical study ever done about the Horten Ho 229 flying wing, Nazi Germany's secret jet fighter, and is certain to appeal to WWII and x-plane enthusiasts, as well as aviation modelers.

    $49.95
  • Hypersonic: The Story of the North American X-15 (Revised Edition) Sale

    Hypersonic: The Story of the North American X-15 (Revised Edition)

    This is the most extensively researched history of the X-15 program yet produced, written with the cooperation of surviving X-15 pilots as well as many other program principals.

    Regular Price: $28.95

    Special Price $14.48

  • Ilyushin IL-28: Famous Russian Aircraft

    Ilyushin IL-28: Famous Russian Aircraft

    Encompasses the full development and operational history of the Ilyushin IL-28.

    $56.95
  • Japanese Secret Projects 1: Experimental Aircraft of the IJA & IJN 1939-1945

    Japanese Secret Projects 1: Experimental Aircraft of the IJA & IJN 1939-1945

    A fascinating insight into the largely untouched world of Japanese secret projects, many of which actually took to the skies in amidst the chaos of World War II.

    $42.95
  • Junkers Ju 52: A History 1930-1945

    Junkers Ju 52: A History 1930-1945

    The most definitive account published in recent years of this mainstay of the Luftwaffe that first saw military service in the 1930s and was then engaged in operations in the Spanish Civil War through to the end of World War II.

    $99.95
  • Junkers Ju 87: From Dive-Bomber to Tank-Buster 1935-1945

    Junkers Ju 87: From Dive-Bomber to Tank-Buster 1935-1945

    The Junkers Ju 87 Stuka is the most famous dive-bomber and tank-busting aircraft of WWII. Heavily illustrated with war-time photos and color profiles, this book is the most detailed reference work available on Nazis Germany's fearsome Stuka ground support aircraft.

    $84.95
  • Lockheed F-94 Starfire

    Lockheed F-94 Starfire

    The Lockheed F-94 Starfire was the first USAF jet fighter equipped with an afterburner, as well as the first operational all-weather fighter aircraft to enter combat. F-94s flew in the Korean War, and with Air National Guard units from 1950 through 1959.

    $39.95
  • Luftwaffe Eagle: From the Me109 to the Me262

    Luftwaffe Eagle: From the Me109 to the Me262

    Rich in detail and facts, Walter Schuck presents an insider's view to fighter combat in WWII, and describes life in the German Luftwaffe during the years of the Third Reich. Supplemented with photographs from his personal collection, campaign maps, and unit insignia, this is a must-have combat memoir.

    $18.95
  • Martin PBM Mariner

    Martin PBM Mariner

    The distinctive, gull-winged Martin PBM Mariner flying boat was designed to replace the Consolidated PBY Catalina as the US Navy's first true open-ocean, extremely long range sub hunter and patrol bomber. PBM Mariners saw extensive service both in WWII and Korea.

    $52.95
  • North American's T-6: A Definitive History of the World's Most Famous Trainer Sale

    North American's T-6: A Definitive History of the World's Most Famous Trainer

    An in-depth look at the famous North American T-6 Texan, its contributions to the Allied victory in World War II, and its subsequent uses by air forces around the world. Surviving T-6 warbirds are often the main attractions at air shows.

    Regular Price: $34.95

    Special Price $17.48

  • R-4360: Pratt & Whitney's Major Miracle

    R-4360: Pratt & Whitney's Major Miracle

    Leaving no stone unturned, this book provides a detailed account of the inner workings of the R-4360. Also covered is the engine's development history, variations, and its military, commercial, and racing applications.

    $74.95
  • Russian Air Power: Current Organization and Aircraft of all Russian Air Forces

    Russian Air Power: Current Organization and Aircraft of all Russian Air Forces

    A follow-up to the hugely popular first publication of Russian Air Power in 2009, Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Komissarov bring readers the fully updated and revised new edition.

    $79.95
  • Sukhoi Su-24: Famous Russian Aircraft

    Sukhoi Su-24: Famous Russian Aircraft

    The Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft is one of the more successful variable-sweep wing, Russian bombers. Illustrated with over 750 photos, line drawings, color profiles, insignia, and nose art, this new book in the Famous Russian Aircraft series is certain to be of interest to aviation enthusiasts and scale modelers alike.

    $64.95
  • The Douglas B-18 and B-23: America's Forsaken Warriors

    The Douglas B-18 and B-23: America's Forsaken Warriors

    These long-forgotten American medium bombers, the Douglas B-18 Bolo and B-23 Dragon, served as anti-submarine aircraft during WWII. Here for the first time is an in-depth history of these forgotten aircraft, covering their development, production, performance specs, combat operations, and warpaint colors.

    $39.95
  • U.S. Experimental & Prototype Aircraft Projects: Fighters 1939-1945 Sale

    U.S. Experimental & Prototype Aircraft Projects: Fighters 1939-1945

    This book focuses on those American fighter projects of WWII that never reached combat forces, or only in a very limited manner. The book illuminates little known aircraft designs and x-plane projects that significantly advanced fighter design, but never went into full-rate production and deployment.

    Regular Price: $46.95

    Special Price $23.48

  • Wings of the Luftwaffe: Flying the Captured German Aircraft of World War II

    Wings of the Luftwaffe: Flying the Captured German Aircraft of World War II

    From his unique knowledge of German aviation, 'Winkle' Brown has selected the most important and most promising aircraft employed by the Luftwaffe and those evolved for that air arm in Germany during World War II--the true wings of the Luftwaffe. He describes their background and characteristics in this book.

    $56.95
  • X-Planes of Europe II: More Secret Research Aircraft from the Golden Age 1945-1971

    X-Planes of Europe II: More Secret Research Aircraft from the Golden Age 1945-1971

    Aircraft from Britain, France, Italy, Switzerland and the former Yugoslavia range from the diminutive Ikarus jet prototypes to the imposing BAC TSR.2, piston-powered French Arsenal VB 10 and the Hispano HA-300.

    $56.95

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  • 1001 Aviation Facts

    1001 Aviation Facts

    This book provides an insightful and in-depth look at aviation history by highlighting many little-known, yet very important aviation facts. Stories are organized by category, such as military, commercial, and sport aviation and include topics like pilots and personalities, aviation movies, TV shows, and model building.

    $24.95
  • A-1 Skyraider In Action New

    A-1 Skyraider In Action

    Retrace the combat history of the Douglas A-1 Skyraider, the US Navy's famous carrier-borne, prop-driven attack aircraft. This all-new edition is packed with detailed line drawings, color profiles, and over 180 vintage photos of the rugged, heavily armed Skyraider (better know as the "flying dump truck").

    $19.95
  • Aviation Records in the Jet Age: The Planes and Technologies Behind the Breakthroughs-Signed

    Aviation Records in the Jet Age: The Planes and Technologies Behind the Breakthroughs-Signed

    1st 100 Orders Receive Autographed Copies! This book explains in detailed, but easy-to-understand, terms how specific advances in aircraft design such as powerplants, aerodynamics, flight control systems, instrumentation, and life-support systems led to ever-improved record-breaking aircraft.

    $39.95
  • Brewster F2A Buffalo and Export Variants New

    Brewster F2A Buffalo and Export Variants

    This is the ultimate history of the Brewster F2A Buffalo, the US Navy's first monoplane fighter aircraft. Allied flyers in WWII called it the "flying coffin", but in the hands of Finnish aces, the Buffalo was wildly successful. This new book is lavishly illustrated with over 300 photos, many seen here for the first time.

    $39.95
  • Civil Aircraft Markings 2017 New

    Civil Aircraft Markings 2017

    Civil Aircraft Markings is the most comprehensive and complete listing of all aircraft currently on the UK Register of Civil Aircraft--over 22,000 entries ranging from historic biplanes through the latest jet airliners.

    $19.95
  • Dornier Do 215: Germany's Strategic Reconnaissance Aircraft & Night Fighter (Luftwaffe and Other Operators 1938-1945) New

    Dornier Do 215: Germany's Strategic Reconnaissance Aircraft & Night Fighter (Luftwaffe and Other Operators 1938-1945)

    Germany's Luftwaffe employed the Dornier Do 215 as a strategic reconnaissance aircraft and night fighter during WWII. This new in-depth book features hundreds of rare photos, color profiles, details on camouflage and unit markings, technical and performance data, as well as production and loss lists.

    $69.95
  • From Bats to Rangers: A Pictorial History of Electronic Countermeasures Squadron Two (ECMRON-2) Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two (VQ-2)

    From Bats to Rangers: A Pictorial History of Electronic Countermeasures Squadron Two (ECMRON-2) Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two (VQ-2)

    The VQ-2 history and all worldwide events surrounding it are very well described and documented in this 242-page book that contains 180 b/w and 444 color photos, most never published before. Thirty-seven superbly detailed aircraft color profiles show the evolution of the color schemes and markings and the different aircraft types and sub-types, providing very useful information for the benefit of both modelers and aviation historians.

    $69.95
  • Iowa Class Battleships On Deck

    Iowa Class Battleships On Deck

    Explore the decks and depths of these mighty warships, once home to thousands of sailors, 88 pages packed with over 270 color photos, carefully chosen to show the subtle differences between these four near-identical ships.

    $19.95
  • Military Aircraft Markings 2017 New

    Military Aircraft Markings 2017

    Revised and updated, Military Aircraft Markings 2017 continues to be the most comprehensive listing of military aircraft in the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, and other UK forces. Sections also list American military aircraft based in Europe, as well as other nation's aircraft visiting the UK for air shows.

    $19.95
  • P-38 Lightning In Action New

    P-38 Lightning In Action

    This new book traces the development and combat history of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, a twin-engine, long-range USAAF fighter aircraft. With its distinctive twin boom shape and deadly firepower, the P-38 was labelled "fork-tailed devil" by opposing Axis forces. During WWII, P-38s served as important bomber escorts and support aircraft for all combat theaters.

    $19.95
  • Vought F-8 Crusader: Development of the Navy Sale

    Vought F-8 Crusader: Development of the Navy

    1st 100 Orders Receive Autographed Copies!Detailed coverage of the Vought F-8 Crusader's design and development, production, record flights, the XF8U-3 Super Crusader, significant NASA variants, and foreign operators augments the story of this aircraft's development. In so doing, this book provides the vital "missing link" in the story of this legendary aircraft: the U.S. Navy's first supersonic jet fighter.

    Regular Price: $44.95

    Special Price $33.71

  • World's Fastest Single-Engine Jet Aircraft: The Story of Convair's F-106 Delta Dart Interceptor New

    World's Fastest Single-Engine Jet Aircraft: The Story of Convair's F-106 Delta Dart Interceptor

    This book provides an insightful and in-depth look at the sixth member of the USAF's "Century Series" family of supersonic fighters. From initial concept through flight testing and deployment, every facet of the Convair F-106's operational service is examined and explained in a comprehensive, yet easy-to-read text. Includes many superb photos and technical illustrations useful to modelers and aviation historians.

    $44.95