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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
  • Bell XFM / YFM Airacuda Bomber Destroyer New

    Bell XFM / YFM Airacuda Bomber Destroyer

    Number 225 in Steve Ginter's Air Force Legends series bring you the history of the Bell XFM/YFM Airacuda Bomber Destroyer.

    $19.95
  • 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.

    $19.95
  • 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!

    $41.95
  • 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.

    $24.95
  • 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.

    $18.95
  • 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.

    $21.95
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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 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
  • 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
  • Dornier Do 217 1941-1945 New

    Dornier Do 217 1941-1945

    Author 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 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
  • 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
  • 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 the fabled Me 163.

    $79.95
  • 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-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
  • 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
  • Northrop YF-23 ATF

    Northrop YF-23 ATF

    Author Paul Metz, Chief Test Pilot for the Northrop YF-23 ATF stealth fighter program, provides a detailed look at the YF-23's construction, flight test program, engines, and performance specs. While the competing Lockheed YF-22 was eventually chosen by the USAF, the YF-23 ATF proved to be a very capable and superb example of Low Observable (LO) fighter technology.

    $37.95
  • 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.

    $107.95
  • Smokin' Tigers: A Pictorial History of Reconnaissance Attack Squadron ONE (RVAH-1)

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

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

    $49.95
  • Sukhoi Su-25: Famous Russian Aircraft New

    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
  • 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
  • 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

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  • America's Round-Engine Warbirds: Airframes and Powerplants at the Close of the Military Prop Era

    America's Round-Engine Warbirds: Airframes and Powerplants at the Close of the Military Prop Era

    With a particular emphasis on the design, development, and evolution of American radial aircraft engines, this work chronicles the progression of US military aircraft from pre-World War II through the transition to the jet engine.

    $46.95
  • 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
  • Bell XFM / YFM Airacuda Bomber Destroyer New

    Bell XFM / YFM Airacuda Bomber Destroyer

    Number 225 in Steve Ginter's Air Force Legends series bring you the history of the Bell XFM/YFM Airacuda Bomber Destroyer.

    $19.95
  • Civil Aircraft Markings 2022 New

    Civil Aircraft Markings 2022

    The new 2022 edition of Civil Aircraft Markings has been fully revised and updated as usual and has a new and enhanced photographic section. Compiled by one of the UK's most widely respected aviation authors, its publication is eagerly awaited every spring by a legion of civil aviation enthusiasts and aviation professional for whom it is the essential companion.

    $19.95
  • Dornier Do 217 1941-1945 New

    Dornier Do 217 1941-1945

    Author 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 F4D-1 / F-6A Skyray New

    Douglas F4D-1 / F-6A Skyray

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

    $59.95
  • 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
  • Martin XB-48 New

    Martin XB-48

    Number 226 in Steve Ginter's Air Force Legends series tells the story of the design, development and then cancellation of the Martin XB-48 medium bomber.

    $21.95
  • Military Aircraft Markings 2022 New

    Military Aircraft Markings 2022

    This new 2022 edition of Military Aircraft Markings 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 UK military aviation.

    $19.95
  • North American X-15

    North American X-15

    This book is written by the UK's foremost aviation and spaceflight author anoput the history of the record-breaking NASA rocket-powered hypersonic aircraft.

    $44.95
  • Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero 1934-1947: From Airliner and Record-Breaker to Bomber and Torpedo-Bomber New

    Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero 1934-1947: From Airliner and Record-Breaker to Bomber and Torpedo-Bomber

    This is the most comprehensive account of the design, development and operation of the successful Italian S.79 published in the English language.

    $55.95
  • Soviet and Russian Special Mission Aircraft New

    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.

    $55.95
  • The Phantom of Scapa Flow

    The Phantom of Scapa Flow

    This book investigates both phantoms of Scapa Flow beginning with a dramatic reconstruction of the German operation. The second part is the result of research in both Britain and Germany including much evidence gathered from surviving eyewitnesses on both sides.

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

    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 New

    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