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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

    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 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 1: Jet Fighters Since 1950

    British Secret Projects 1: Jet Fighters Since 1950

    This completely revised and redesigned second edition adds new de-classified material that has come to light since the original edition was first published. Book examines the RAF's efforts after WWII to develop a new generation of British jet fighters, with many of these secret x-plane projects and experimental 'dead-ends' revealed for the first time to aviation enthusiasts and historians.

    $44.95
  • 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 New

    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
  • British Secret Projects 5: Britain's Space Shuttle

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

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

    JUST ANNOUNCED: 2019 Winner of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics History Manuscript Award

    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

    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
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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: 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
  • 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

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    $79.95
  • 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
  • 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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  • America's Round-Engine Airliners: Airframes and Powerplants in the Golden Age of Aviation New

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

    1st 100 Orders Receive Autographed Copy!
    The advancement and success of America's air transportation system can be linked directly to the concurrent growth of long-range, high-speed airliners and their revolutionary powerplants. This book tells the compelling story of aviation progress and development for the very first time.

    $46.95
  • Birth of a Legend McDonnell F4H-1 Phantom II New

    Birth of a Legend McDonnell F4H-1 Phantom II

    This monograph by highly regarded U.S. Naval aircraft historian Tommy H. Thomason documents in well-illustrated detail how the Phantom came to be.

    $49.95
  • Boeing B-47 Stratojet: Strategic Air Command's Transitional Bomber New

    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
  • British Secret Projects 2: Jet Bombers Since 1949 New

    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 New

    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
  • Building Concorde: From Drawing Board to Mach 2 New

    Building Concorde: From Drawing Board to Mach 2

    This new book provides an informative perspective on the Concorde program and explores in detail how this great supersonic jet airliner came into being. Concentrating both on the design and development of the aircraft, the book also covers the Anglo-French political and technical collaboration needed to get the Concorde built.

    $35.95
  • Civil Aircraft Markings 2019

    Civil Aircraft Markings 2019

    Civil Aircraft Markings 2019 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
  • 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
  • Military Aircraft Markings 2019

    Military Aircraft Markings 2019

    Military Aircraft Markings 2019 has been fully revised and updated by one of Britain's leading authorities on military aviation. The book's annual publication is eagerly anticipated by a large number of aviation enthusiasts who look forward to acquiring the latest edition of this indispensible guide to their hobby.

    $19.95
  • 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
  • The Complete History of U.S. Cruise Missiles: From Kettering's 1920s' Bug & 1950's Snark to Today's Tomahawk

    The Complete History of U.S. Cruise Missiles: From Kettering's 1920s' Bug & 1950's Snark to Today's Tomahawk

    1st 100 Orders Receive Autographed Copy! Employing a considerable archive of U.S. cruise missile data and material amassed during his extensive research, author Bill Yenne has created a compelling work containing a wealth of previously unpublished photographs plus detailed technical information that is simply unavailable in any other product on the market today.

    $34.95
  • 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
  • UH-60 Black Hawk In Action New

    UH-60 Black Hawk In Action

    The "Huey" had served admirably in the Vietnam conflict, but lacked adequate engine power. The UH-60 Black Hawk was developed to rectify it's shortcomings. This book details it's design and development.

    $19.95
  • WWII U.S. Sherman Tank In Action New

    WWII U.S. Sherman Tank In Action

    The full story of the Sherman's exploits would fill several volumes, so this book focuses on the variants and sub-variants of the Shermans used by US forces during WWII.

    $19.95