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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.

    $16.95
  • 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!

    $36.95
  • 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.

    $16.95
  • 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
  • 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: French & European Spaceplane Designs 1964-1994

    French Secret Projects 3: French & European 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
  • 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
  • Lockheed NF-104A Aerospace Trainer

    Lockheed NF-104A Aerospace Trainer

    With a rocket in the tail and reaction control nozzles in the nose and wings, the NF-104A could reach altitudes over 120,000 feet.

    $18.95
  • Lockheed XFV-1 VTOL Fighter

    Lockheed XFV-1 VTOL Fighter

    First published in 1996, the XFV-1 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.

    $16.95
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  • America's Round-Engine Airliners: Airframes and Powerplants in the Golden Age of Aviation

    America's Round-Engine Airliners: Airframes and Powerplants in the Golden Age of Aviation

    This book not only traces the technical evolution of every radial-engine powerplant used over that time span but also includes interesting and fact-filled sidebars that detail what it was like flying aboard each generation of these aircraft.

    $46.95
  • American Secret Projects 4 New

    American Secret Projects 4

    This first, revised book in the American Secret Projects series describes the design and development of American bomber and attack aircraft from the end of World War II to the mid-1970s, both for the Air Force and the Navy.

    $44.95
  • 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
  • Chinese Air Power New

    Chinese Air Power

    This book focuses on the current People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and the Naval Aviation order of battle and describes the most advanced aircraft types currently in service or due to enter service.

    $55.95
  • Focke-Wulf Ta 154: Luftwaffe Reich Defence Day and Night Interceptor New

    Focke-Wulf Ta 154: Luftwaffe Reich Defence Day and Night Interceptor

    This is a significantly revised and expanded version of a book originally published with a small print run in 2006 in the German language, so it will be new to Anglophone readers. It is an absorbing account remarkably sophisticated German World War II aircraft on which relatively little has hitherto been published. The author dispels myths associated with the construction methods of the Ta 154 and reveals much new and intriguing information about this fascinating aircraft.

    $49.95
  • French Secret Projects 3: French & European Spaceplane Designs 1964-1994 New

    French Secret Projects 3: French & European 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
  • Mikoyan MiG-23 & MiG-27: Famous Russian Aircraft New

    Mikoyan MiG-23 & MiG-27: Famous Russian Aircraft

    This comprehensive book describes the development and service history of all variants of these aircraft, featuring fleet lists and numerous rare photos and color profiles.

    $64.95
  • Mikoyan MiG-29 & MiG-35: Famous Russian Aircraft New

    Mikoyan MiG-29 & MiG-35: Famous Russian Aircraft

    This revised and expanded edition of the definitive history of the aircraft charts in detail the MiG-29's evolution from the earliest design studies to the latest multi-role versions.

    $64.95
  • 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
  • Mistel: German Composite Aircraft and Operations 1942-1945

    Mistel: German Composite Aircraft and Operations 1942-1945

    This is a revised and reworked edition of the author's long out of print 2001 study of the origins, development and operations of Germany's composite aircraft during World War II.

    $64.95
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Combs Gates Award!

    $169.95
  • 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
  • Vigilante!: 1,200 Hours Flying the Ultimate US Navy Reconnaissance Aircraft

    Vigilante!: 1,200 Hours Flying the Ultimate US Navy Reconnaissance Aircraft

    Aviation enthusiasts will be fascinated with this complete study of the extraordinary RA-5C Vigilante. Easy-to-read historical facts and technical information is interspersed with personal stories from the pilot's point-of-view.

    $42.95
  • 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
  • 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'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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  • Astonishing Stories Pilots Tell Pilots New

    Astonishing Stories Pilots Tell Pilots

    Airplane pilots are notorious story tellers. As this collection of tales (mostly true) are revealed in this book, the reader, whether a pilot or not, can experience a sense of what it is like to be at the controls of everything from a puddle jumper to a Mach 3 jet.

    $19.95
  • Battle Under the Moon

    Battle Under the Moon

    This is a gripping account of the ill-fated RAF raid on May 3, 1944, on the Panzer tank depot and military barracks at Mailly-le-Camp south of Rheims in northern France.

    $12.95
  • Boulton Paul 1917-1961: Aircraft, Projects and Studies New

    Boulton Paul 1917-1961: Aircraft, Projects and Studies

    This book sheds much new light on the activities of an often overlooked company which was in many respects at the forefront of aeronautical innovation in Britain for several decades.

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

    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.

    $44.95
  • 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
  • Chinese Air Power New

    Chinese Air Power

    This book focuses on the current People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and the Naval Aviation order of battle and describes the most advanced aircraft types currently in service or due to enter service.

    $55.95
  • 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
  • Dornier Do 217 1941-1945

    Dornier Do 217 1941-1945

    Chris Goss, has documented the operational history of the Do 217 and offers the most comprehensive account so far published in the English language.

    $44.95
  • Douglas DC-3/C-47 in Latin American Military Service New

    Douglas DC-3/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
  • Douglas F4D-1 / F-6A Skyray New

    Douglas F4D-1 / F-6A Skyray

    This is the 113th volume in the Naval Fighters series.

    $59.95
  • Focke-Wulf Ta 154: Luftwaffe Reich Defence Day and Night Interceptor New

    Focke-Wulf Ta 154: Luftwaffe Reich Defence Day and Night Interceptor

    This is a significantly revised and expanded version of a book originally published with a small print run in 2006 in the German language, so it will be new to Anglophone readers. It is an absorbing account remarkably sophisticated German World War II aircraft on which relatively little has hitherto been published. The author dispels myths associated with the construction methods of the Ta 154 and reveals much new and intriguing information about this fascinating aircraft.

    $49.95
  • French Secret Projects 3: French & European Spaceplane Designs 1964-1994 New

    French Secret Projects 3: French & European 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
  • If War Should Come: The Origins of the Second World War from The Times Archive New

    If War Should Come: The Origins of the Second World War from The Times Archive

    This is a pictorial look at aspects of life in Britain and in other parts of Europe in the run up to the start of WWII using press photographs from the era.

    $32.95
  • McDonnell Douglas C-9A "Nightingale "C-9B "Skytrain II" New

    McDonnell Douglas C-9A "Nightingale "C-9B "Skytrain II"

    Learn the history of the McDonnell Douglas C-9 that was a military version of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 airliner. It was produced as the C-9A Nightingale for the United States Air Force, and the C-9B Skytrain II for the Marine Corps and U.S. Navy.

    $39.95
  • Me 163: Rocket Interceptor New

    Me 163: Rocket Interceptor

    Along with hundreds of rare photographs, the book is enriched by specially commissioned color artwork and many detailed technical drawings, ensuring that this work stands as the principal reference source on fabled Me 163.

    $79.95
  • Mistel: German Composite Aircraft and Operations 1942-1945

    Mistel: German Composite Aircraft and Operations 1942-1945

    This is a revised and reworked edition of the author's long out of print 2001 study of the origins, development and operations of Germany's composite aircraft during World War II.

    $64.95
  • Nachtjager: Luftwaffe Night Fighter Units 1939 - 1945 New

    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
  • Smokin' Tigers: A Pictorial History of Reconnaissance Attack Squadron ONE (RVAH-1) New

    Smokin' Tigers: A Pictorial History of Reconnaissance Attack Squadron ONE (RVAH-1)

    A Pictorial History of Reconnaissance Attack Squadron ONE (RVAH-1)

    $49.95
  • Soviet and Russian Special Mission Aircraft

    Soviet and Russian Special Mission Aircraft

    This latest work from the acclaimed Russian authors Dmitriy Komissarov and Yefim Gordon includes intelligence gathering, early warning, counter-measures, and 'doomsday' aircraft with many previous highly-classified or little-known types and variants.

    $56.95
  • Sukhoi Su-57: Famous Russian Aircraft New

    Sukhoi Su-57: Famous Russian Aircraft

    The book charts the development and trials history of the 1.44, Su-47 and Su-57, as well as other project versions that did not make it to the hardware stage. It is illustrated with numerous previously unpublished photos and drawings.

    $59.95
  • Teach for the Sky: British Training Aircraft Since 1945 New

    Teach for the Sky: British Training Aircraft Since 1945

    Drawing on research in company and government archives, Teach for the Sky describes the development of British training aircraft for basic, advanced, operational conversion and aircrew training from the late 1940s to the present day.

    $49.95
  • The SAS Secret War in Italy: Special Forces, Partisans and Covert Operations 1943-1945

    The SAS Secret War in Italy: Special Forces, Partisans and Covert Operations 1943-1945

    This new book covers a little known but absorbing aspect of the Italian campaign in World War II. Partisans, secret operations, Allied Special Forces and the last airborne operation of the war are all featured in the book.

    $12.95
  • The Saturn I/IB Rocket: NASA's First Apollo Launch Vehicle

    The Saturn I/IB Rocket: NASA's First Apollo Launch Vehicle

    Illustrated throughout with NASA technical drawings and photographs, many previously unpublished, this absorbing book also includes a description of each mission flown by the Saturn I and IB.

    $44.95
  • Wrecks & Relics - 28th Edition

    Wrecks & Relics - 28th Edition

    This new book is renowned as the go-to source charting the highlights, changes and trends in the preservation of the aviation heritage of the British Isles.

    $29.95