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  • 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.

    $14.95
  • 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.

    $12.95
  • Luftwaffe Secret Projects: Fighters 1939-1945

    Luftwaffe Secret Projects: Fighters 1939-1945

    Germany's incredible fighter projects are revealed in-depth for the first time, showing the technical dominance that their designers could have achieved. Comparisons with later Allied and Soviet types show the legacy handed on - right up to today's stealth aircraft.

    $49.95
  • Martin XB-51

    Martin XB-51

    The XB-51 was Martin's answer to a 1946 Army Air Force design competition for a new ground-support aircraft to replace the A-26 Invader.

    $10.95
  • McDonnell XF-88 Voodoo

    McDonnell XF-88 Voodoo

    The twin-jet penetration fighter is capable of operating deep inside enemy territory acting as an escort for heavy bombers or serving as a dual purpose fighter-bomber.

    $12.95
  • Miles M.52: Britain

    Miles M.52: Britain

    Miles M.52 tells the controversial story behind Britain's top secret program to develop the world's first manned supersonic jet aircraft. Illustrated with rare and previously unpublished photographs and drawings, this new book examines the Miles M.52 in detail and covers the incredible technical challenges faced in attempting to break the sound barrier.

    $39.95
  • North American F-107A

    North American F-107A

    North American's often-forgotten F-107A remains perhaps the most enigmatic of the famous early "Century Series" fighters.

    $29.95
  • Painting Aviation's Legends: The Art of Mike Machat

    Painting Aviation's Legends: The Art of Mike Machat

    Through his award-winning artwork, Mike Machat has documented aviation for the past 40 years in ways never before seen, a process made possible by flying in many of the aircraft he painted, and developing life-long personal friendships with pilots of the aircraft he has preserved for history.

    $39.95
  • Radical Wings & Wind Tunnels: Advanced Concepts Tested at NASA Langley

    Radical Wings & Wind Tunnels: Advanced Concepts Tested at NASA Langley

    Radical Wings and Wind Tunnels presents a behind-the-scenes look at how NACA, and today's NASA, use wind tunnels and flight testing to advance aeronautical science.

    $29.95
  • Republic XF-91 Thundercepter Rocket Fighter

    Republic XF-91 Thundercepter Rocket Fighter

    The MX-809 project was created with hope of fielding a very high speed, high altitude daytime interceptor pursuit airplane capable of meeting and defeating any strategic bomber aircraft that any potential adversary might produce.

    $12.95
  • Ryan FR-1 Fireball and XF2R-1 Darkshark

    Ryan FR-1 Fireball and XF2R-1 Darkshark

    It was no secret to the U.S. Navy that jet and rocket aircraft were being developed in Europe, and that once fully developed, would be of superior performance than piston engine aircraft. Because of these facts, the Navy initiated investigations into alternative solutions to counter these new jets.

    $16.95
  • Shady Lady: 1,500 Hours Flying the U-2 Spy Plane

    Shady Lady: 1,500 Hours Flying the U-2 Spy Plane

    The amazing U-2 Dragon Lady has been in continuous military service for over six decades. Developed during the Cold War by Lockheed's super-secret "Skunk Works", no other American spy plane has been so key to gathering highly classified intelligence. Author and former U-2 pilot Rick Bishop takes you deep into the Black World of high-altitude recon missions, revealing the many trials and challenges of flying these fragile and dangerous aircraft.

    $24.95
  • Sigh for a Merlin: Testing the Spitfire

    Sigh for a Merlin: Testing the Spitfire

    The enthralling account of Alex Henshaw's life with the Spitfire.

    $18.95
  • Skystreak, Skyrocket, & Stiletto: Douglas High-Speed X-Planes

    Skystreak, Skyrocket, & Stiletto: Douglas High-Speed X-Planes

    The Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak, D-558-2 Skyrocket, and the X-3 Stiletto were among the first aircraft to blend airframe to powerplant in ways that set the standard for many modern-day aircraft designs.

    $26.95
  • Soviet and Russian Testbed Aircraft

    Soviet and Russian Testbed Aircraft

    Soviet and Russian Testbed Aircraft investigates all categories of test and research aircraft: engine testbeds including the Il-76LL and Tu-16LL, radar testbeds such as the SL-18P based on the well-known Il-18 airliner; electronic warfare system testbeds such as the Il-76-11, and those for weapons, aerodynamics, and control configured vehicles like the LMK-2405.

    $56.95
  • 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
  • Spyflights and Overflights: US Strategic Aerial Reconnaissance 1945-1960

    Spyflights and Overflights: US Strategic Aerial Reconnaissance 1945-1960

    Few Cold War aviation subjects have been so shrouded in secrecy and controversy than US strategic reconnaissance missions. Former recon pilot Robert S. Hopkins, III, offers new insights into these top secret flights and the specialized aircraft used by Strategic Air Command (SAC) and the CIA, such as the RB-50s, RB-47s, RB-57s, and the famous U-2s.

    $44.95
  • Testbeds, Motherships & Parasites: Astonishing Aircraft From the Golden Age of Flight Test-Limited Signed Edition

    Testbeds, Motherships & Parasites: Astonishing Aircraft From the Golden Age of Flight Test-Limited Signed Edition

    1st 100 Orders Receive Autographed Copy! This book thoroughly covers every aspect of mothership, testbed, and parasite aircraft. Also featured are detailed appendices containing extensive reference material for modelers, historians, and enthusiasts, including a complete listing of known engine testbeds; a complete listing of known airframe mods and systems-test aircraft; and all combinations of U.S. and foreign motherships and parasite-carrying aircraft.

    $32.95
  • Testing to the Limits 2: British Test Pilots Since 1910

    Testing to the Limits 2: British Test Pilots Since 1910

    This book covers British aircraft flight testing from the early biplanes and pre-war prototypes, to the high-performance WW2 aircraft; from the post-war challenges of the 'sound barrier' to the pressures of the 'Cold War'. Includes the iconic Spitfire, the early Vampire jet, as well as the VTOL Harrier 'jump-jet' and today's fly-by-wire Typhoon.

    $39.95
  • Testing to the Limits: British Test Pilots Since 1910

    Testing to the Limits: British Test Pilots Since 1910

    Chris Yeo, BAE Systems Typhoon test pilot, provides a foreword to this ground-breaking title which is lavishly illustrated with over 300 photos. Testing to the Limits is not just a tribute to a band of elite aviators it is also a vibrant commentary on the failures and successes of the British aircraft industry.

    $39.95
  • The Secret Years: Flight Testing at Boscombs Down 1939-1945

    The Secret Years: Flight Testing at Boscombs Down 1939-1945

    Using 500 photographs, The Secret Years explores unusual variants of standard service aircraft types, machines which remained purely experimental, and the trials with their guns, bombs, rockets, and equipment.

    $56.95
  • The Wrong Stuff: Flying on the Edge of Disaster

    The Wrong Stuff: Flying on the Edge of Disaster

    This book is a collection of stories about pilots John Moore met, people who touched his life and those who list their life doing what they loved--flying planes.

    $24.95
  • TSR2: Britain's Lost Cold War Strike Aircraft

    TSR2: Britain's Lost Cold War Strike Aircraft

    This revised and expanded second edition examines the fascinating story behind the TSR2, Britain's "lost" Cold War strike aircraft. This new book traces the TSR2 project from early development and prototype testing to its final cancellation in 1965. Illustrated throughout, the book also includes extracts from the TSR2 Crew Manual, as well as recently declassified technical information.

    $32.95
  • Unflown Wings: Soviet/Russian Unrealized Aircraft Projects 1925-2010

    Unflown Wings: Soviet/Russian Unrealized Aircraft Projects 1925-2010

    A detailed volume uncovering a wide range of Soviet aviation projects that, for a variety of reasons, never progressed beyond the drawing board.

    $89.95
  • Vertical Take-Off Fighter Aircraft

    Vertical Take-Off Fighter Aircraft

    Vertical Take-Off Fighter Aircraft is an illustrated history of concepts, experimental, and operational military VTO & VTOL aircraft.

    $42.95
  • Vought/Hiller/Ryan XC-142A Tiltwing VSTOL Transport

    Vought/Hiller/Ryan XC-142A Tiltwing VSTOL Transport

    Air Force Legends Number 213 is a book about the test and development of vertical take off and landing of an aircraft.

    $34.95
  • Vulcan's Hammer: V-Force Projects and Weapons Since 1945

    Vulcan's Hammer: V-Force Projects and Weapons Since 1945

    Illustrated with more than 200 photographs and drawings plus new color artwork, Vulcan's Hammer presents the story of an alternative V-force and its armament providing a wealth of fascinating information for historians and modelers alike.

    $49.95
  • World's Fastest Four-Engine Piston-Powered Aircraft: Story of the Republic XR-12 Rainbow

    World's Fastest Four-Engine Piston-Powered Aircraft: Story of the Republic XR-12 Rainbow

    Using original Republic photos, data, and artwork, the author reveals never-before-published information about the Rainbow airliner. While the clear emphasis of this book is on the Republic airplane, the Hughes XF-11 is also covered and compared in its role as a twin-engine competitor to the more advanced four-engine Republic airplane.

    $29.95
  • X-Plane Crashes: Exploring Experimental, Rocket Plane, and Spycraft Incidents, Accidents and Crash Sites

    X-Plane Crashes: Exploring Experimental, Rocket Plane, and Spycraft Incidents, Accidents and Crash Sites

    Known as "The X-Hunters", authors Peter W. Merlin and Tony Moore have located more than 100 crash sites of exotic aircraft from Edwards Air Force Base and Area 51. Together, they have recovered parts of supersonic rocket planes, stealthy spy craft, and vehicles that have reached the edge of space.

    $29.95
  • 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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  • British Combat Aircraft in Latin America New

    British Combat Aircraft in Latin America

    This book covers the story of all the British military aircraft that served in Latin America since 1940.

    $64.95
  • 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
  • Electronic Aggressors: US Navy Electronic Threat Environment Squadrons - Part One 1949-1977 New

    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
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    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).

    $54.95
  • M911 & M1070 HET Heavy Equipment Transporters In Action

    M911 & M1070 HET Heavy Equipment Transporters In Action

    On these pages we will explore the characteristics and uses of the M911 and the M1070. Both massive trucks--as you would expect for vehicles tasked with winching and hauling tanks and other armored vehicles and heavy equipment at highway speeds.

    $19.95
  • 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
  • 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
    Combs Gates Award!

    $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 New

    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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