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

    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 2: US Airlifters 1941-1961

    American Secret Projects 2: US Airlifters 1941-1961

    This previously untold story of US airlifters describes more than 200 unknown experimental designs, and contains more than 400 illustrations detailing some of the largest and most incredible military transport aircraft ever conceived. The book also describes how US airlifters were developed to meet ever-demanding military transport requirements, as well as being adapted for other key roles from nuclear test-beds to Space-Shuttle carriers.

    $44.95
  • American Secret Projects 3: U.S. Airlifters Since 1962

    American Secret Projects 3: U.S. Airlifters Since 1962

    The book, and its companion volume, American Secret Projects 2, covers airlifter designs from WWII to the start of the 1960s, and has been made possible by the authors being given unprecedented access to major aerospace company archives, uncovering scores of design proposals which have never previously been revealed.

    $44.95
  • 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 B-47 Stratojet: Strategic Air Command's Transitional Bomber

    Boeing B-47 Stratojet: Strategic Air Command's Transitional Bomber

    Authors Mike Habermehl and former SAC pilot Robert S. Hopkins III have combined years of research and experience to provide the ultimate history of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet.

    $44.95
  • 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 2: Jet Bombers Since 1949

    British Secret Projects 2: Jet Bombers Since 1949

    Accompanied by detailed appendices of all British post-war bomber projects and specifications, color photographs and artwork, British Secret Projects 2: Jet Bombers Since 1949 provides a wealth of detailed information on the fascinating world of Cold War secret bomber projects.

    $44.95
  • British Secret Projects 3: Fighters 1935-1950

    British Secret Projects 3: Fighters 1935-1950

    This newly-revised and expanded edition of British Secret Projects 3: Fighters and Bombers 1935-1950 contains many new photographs and information not previously published.

    $44.95
  • Chance Vought V-173/XF5U-1 Flying Pancakes

    Chance Vought V-173/XF5U-1 Flying Pancakes

    Telling the story of Charles H. Zimmerman's unorthodox V-173 and XF5U-1 aircraft is author Art Schoeni.

    $12.95
  • Consolidated Vultee XB-46

    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: 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 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
  • Dornier Do 335 Pfeil/Arrow

    Dornier Do 335 Pfeil/Arrow

    Known for its highly innovative and unique design, the massive "push-pull" Dornier Do 335 all-weather heavy fighter was a brute expression of late-WWII German aircraft technology. This fully revised and expanded new edition features 80+ pages of new material, as well as many superb color profiles. Of all German X-planes, the Do 335 'Pfeil' continues to hold a special fascination for aviation enthusiasts, historians, and modelers.

    $79.95
  • 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

    Drone Strike!: UCAVs and Unmanned Aerial Warfare in the 21st Century

    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
  • French Secret Projects 2: Cold War Bombers, Patrol and Assault Aircraft

    French Secret Projects 2: Cold War Bombers, Patrol and Assault Aircraft

    Companion volume to the acclaimed French Secret Projects 1, this fascinating book contains technical drawings, promotional art, mock-ups, wind tunnel models, and X-plane prototypes, to present a comprehensive view of French military bomber, strike aircraft, and VTOL designs from the end of WWII to the late 20th-Century.

    $44.95
  • French Secret Projects 3: Spaceplane Designs 1964-1994

    French Secret Projects 3: Spaceplane Designs 1964-1994

    This book relates the story of the remarkable concepts, crossovers between aircraft and spacecraft beginning with the 'antipodal bomber' of 1944 and continuing to Aerospatiale STS-2000 project through the Transporteur Aero-Spatial, VERAS, AW Pyramid, Bumerang, S nger II, HOTOL, Hermes, and Taranis. Non-European projects like Dyna-Soar, Hyperplane, HOPE, and MAKS are also be covered.

    $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
  • 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
  • Kaiser Fleetwings XBTK-1

    Kaiser Fleetwings XBTK-1

    The Kaiser Fleetwings XBTK-1 was initially designed to meet a 1943 Navy requirement for a "single-seat carrier based high performance dive bomber."

    $10.95
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  • 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
  • Electronic Aggressors: US Navy Electronic Threat Environment Squadrons - Part One 1949-1977

    Electronic Aggressors: US Navy Electronic Threat Environment Squadrons - Part One 1949-1977

    A Pictorial History of Composite Squadron ASW THIRTY-THREE (VC-33), Composite Squadron Night THIRTY-THREE (VC-33), Composite Squadron All Weather THIRTY-THREE (VC-33), Carrier Special Squadron Night THIRTY-THREE (VC-33), All Weather Attack Squadron THIRTY-THREE (VA(AW)-33), Air Early Warning Squadron THIRTY-THREE (VAW-33), Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron THIRTY-THREE (VAQ-33), and Fleet Electronic Warfare Support Group (FEWSG).

    $54.95
  • Electronic Aggressors: US Navy Electronic Threat Environment Squadrons - Part Two 1978-2000

    Electronic Aggressors: US Navy Electronic Threat Environment Squadrons - Part Two 1978-2000

    A Pictorial History of Fleet Electronic Warfare Support Group (FEWSG), Fleet Tactical Readiness Group (FTRG), Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron THIRTY-THREE (VAQ-33), Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron THIRTY-FOUR (VAQ-34), Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron THIRTY-FIVE (VAQ-35), and Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ELEVEN (VQ-11).

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  • 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.

    $79.95
  • Scooter!: The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Story New

    Scooter!: The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Story

    This is a fully revised and updated edition of the definitive history of the A-4 written by one of the leading authorities on U.S. naval aviation.

    $44.95
  • Space Shuttle: Developing an Icon 1972-2013

    Space Shuttle: Developing an Icon 1972-2013

    Limited Print Run

    The complete US Space Shuttle program from the earliest days through the very end is documented in this three-volume set with slipcase that features 1,584 pages filled with over 1 million words and nearly 4,000 photos and line drawings.


    2017 winner of the prestigious National Aviation Hall of Fame
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    $169.95
  • Sukhoi Su-27 & 30/33/34/35: Famous Russian Aircraft New

    Sukhoi Su-27 & 30/33/34/35: Famous Russian Aircraft

    The book describes in depth the development and operational career of the Su-27 family, including mid-life upgrades and the latest variants, and features detailed fleet lists. Richly illustrated with color photographs, line drawings and color profiles of the various color schemes carried by the type, this is the definitive work on a truly outstanding aircraft.

    $64.95
  • Thunderchief: The Complete History of the Republic F-105

    Thunderchief: The Complete History of the Republic F-105

    This book continues the story of Republic's Mach-2 F-105 Thunderchief where previous books on this aircraft left off. Author Dennis Jenkins uses rare archival Air Force documentation and original Republic factory material and photos never before seen by the public to tell the complete story of this legendary jet fighter-bomber.

    $60.00
  • World's Fastest Single-Engine Jet Aircraft: The Story of Convair's F-106 Delta Dart Interceptor

    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

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  • "Able Mabel" Martin AM-1/1Q Mauler

    "Able Mabel" Martin AM-1/1Q Mauler

    Nicknamed the "Awful Monster" because of its less-than-perfect landing tendencies and maintenance problems, the Martin AM Mauler wasn't operational for long. It's design, development, and operational history is highlighted in this book.

    $37.95
  • American Secret Projects 3: U.S. Airlifters Since 1962

    American Secret Projects 3: U.S. Airlifters Since 1962

    The book, and its companion volume, American Secret Projects 2, covers airlifter designs from WWII to the start of the 1960s, and has been made possible by the authors being given unprecedented access to major aerospace company archives, uncovering scores of design proposals which have never previously been revealed.

    $44.95
  • Britain's Aircraft Industry: Triumphs and Tragedies since 1909

    Britain's Aircraft Industry: Triumphs and Tragedies since 1909

    For the first time here is a readable, highly-illustrated, examination of the entire British aircraft industry, its heritage, and the changes it faces in the 21st century, both technical and political.

    $39.95
  • Building the B-17 Flying Fortress: A Detailed Look at Manufacturing Boeing New

    Building the B-17 Flying Fortress: A Detailed Look at Manufacturing Boeing

    This book features photos and manufacturing details of America's greatest multi-engine World War II combat aircraft and tells the compelling story of how more than 12,000 B-17s were built.

    $34.95
  • Civil Aircraft Markings 2021 New

    Civil Aircraft Markings 2021

    The new 2021 edition of this best-selling annual publication builds on the long history and heritage of the title. First published in 1950, this new edition is the 72nd outing of Civil Aircraft Markings.

    $19.95
  • Close Call: RAF Close Air Support in the Mediterranean New

    Close Call: RAF Close Air Support in the Mediterranean

    In this first of two volumes, the author traces the evolution and development of close air support, beginning during the final year of the Great War, via the doldrums of the inter-war years, to the point where the RAF was criticized heavily because of its apparent absence at Dunkirk.

    $44.95
  • Douglas C-74 Globemaster

    Douglas C-74 Globemaster

    This monograph of the C-74 Globemaster is written by Nick Williams, an award-winning author of over two dozen articles published in the Journal of the American Aviation Historical Society and publications in the U.K. This new book on the C-74 is the result of nearly 50 years of research, containing comments from several of the C-74's engineers as well as former Douglas and Air Force pilots.

    $32.95
  • Douglas DC-3 and C-47 in Latin American Military Service

    Douglas DC-3 and C-47 in Latin American Military Service

    Richly illustrated, with tables describing the often extraordinary individual services lives of each-and-every known Douglas DC-3 and C-47, this is a testament to the men and women who, for three-quarters of a century, have sweated, cursed and yet loved these magnificent aircraft.

    $44.95
  • French Secret Projects 3: Spaceplane Designs 1964-1994

    French Secret Projects 3: Spaceplane Designs 1964-1994

    This book relates the story of the remarkable concepts, crossovers between aircraft and spacecraft beginning with the 'antipodal bomber' of 1944 and continuing to Aerospatiale STS-2000 project through the Transporteur Aero-Spatial, VERAS, AW Pyramid, Bumerang, S nger II, HOTOL, Hermes, and Taranis. Non-European projects like Dyna-Soar, Hyperplane, HOPE, and MAKS are also be covered.

    $44.95
  • Grumman F2F/F3F and Civil Variants

    Grumman F2F/F3F and Civil Variants

    The first half of this 192-page monograph covers the developmental history of the F2F and F3F. Individual aircraft histories are provided for each aircraft, listing assigned commands, mishaps and final disposition. Detailed period engineering photos show every aspect of the aircraft. This is followed by an operational history of each Navy and Marine Corps squadron that operated the F2F and F3F.

    $44.95
  • Guardians of Ukraine: The Ukrainian Air Force Since 1992 New

    Guardians of Ukraine: The Ukrainian Air Force Since 1992

    Drawing on a wide range of previously unseen photographs, supplemented by specially commissioned color artworks, Guardians of Ukraine presents all types of combat, transport and training aircraft, as well as helicopters previously or currently operated by the Ukrainian Air Force.

    $55.95
  • Mikoyan MiG-31: Famous Russian Aircraft

    Mikoyan MiG-31: Famous Russian Aircraft

    This new edition to the Famous Russian Aircraft series gives the complete development and service history of the Mikoyan MiG-31 and is richly illustrated with color photos and color artwork throughout.

    $64.95
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    Military Aircraft Markings 2021

    Military Aircraft Markings 2021 has been fully revised and updated by one of Britain's leading authorities on military aviation. This is the must-have companion for all those interested in military aviation.

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  • Nachtjager: Luftwaffe Night Fighter Units 1939 - 1945

    Nachtjager: Luftwaffe Night Fighter Units 1939 - 1945

    This is a compendium edition of the much regarded and long out-of-print Nachtj ger volumes in the acclaimed Classic Colours series on the aircraft, camouflage and markings of the Luftwaffe between 1933-1945.

    $39.95
  • North American B-45 Tornado New

    North American B-45 Tornado

    This book is presented in 12 chapters detailing B-45A, B-45C and RB-45C design, production, performance, payload, endurance and operations as it served as a bomber, reconnaissance and flight test aircraft.

    $56.95
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    Sukhoi Su-25: Famous Russian Aircraft

    The book describes the full development and service history of the Su-25, featuring fleet lists and a design descriptions. It is illustrated throughout with numerous photos and color profiles.

    $64.95
  • World Class DIAMONDBACKS: A Pictorial History of Strike Fighter Squadron 102 (VFA-102)

    World Class DIAMONDBACKS: A Pictorial History of Strike Fighter Squadron 102 (VFA-102)

    This new book (paperback version) in the Naval Fighters series follows the DIAMONDBACK fighter squadron from its inception in 1955 through today.

    $79.95
  • World Class DIAMONDBACKS: A Pictorial History of Strike Fighter Squadron 102 (VFA-102)

    World Class DIAMONDBACKS: A Pictorial History of Strike Fighter Squadron 102 (VFA-102)

    This new book (hardcover version) in the Naval Fighers series follows the DIAMONDBACK fighter squadron from its inception in 1955 through today.

    $89.95