Combat Aircraft of the United States Air Force

Combat Aircraft of the United States Air Force

by Michael Green

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Overview

When the United States Army Signal Corps created the Aeronautical Division in August1907, it had a mission to take charge of all matters pertaining to military ballooning,air machines, and all kindred matters. That small inconsequential portion of the USArmy would grow progressively over the many decades to become a separate service named the USAir Force in 1947 following the Second World War. Overnight, it became the worlds most powerfulmilitary establishment, able to deliver conventional and nuclear ordnance anywhere around theglobe.Todays cutting-edge example of this power-projection is the supersonic, bat-winged B-2 Spiritstealth bomber, which can fly at an altitude of 50,000 feet, and is built of carbon-graphite compositematerials. The B-2 Spirit is a far cry from the early days of the service when it relied on fragile prop-drivenwood and fabric aerial platforms, such as the Wright Type B, which could barely reach analtitude of 100 feet.In between have been such iconic Second World War aircraft as the P-51 Mustang and P-47Thunderbolt fighters and bombers such as the B-25 Mitchell, B-17 Flying Fortress and B-29 SuperFortress which dropped the first A-Bomb in 1945. The Cold War demanded ever more powerfulaircraft, such as the B-58 Hustler and B-52 Stratofortress, and fighters including the F-86 Sabre, F-104Starfighter and F-4 Phantom. All these aircraft and more are vividly illustrated and described in detailin this superb Images of War publication.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473880139
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 07/30/2016
Series: Images of War
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 20
Sales rank: 933,726
File size: 18 MB
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About the Author

Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series. He lives in California.

Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Acknowledgements 6

Notes to the Reader 7

Chapter 1 The Beginning (1903-1918) 9

Chapter 2 Interwar Aircraft (1919-1938) 23

Chapter 3 Second World War (1939-1945) 54

Chapter 4 Early Cold War (1946-1961) 101

Chapter 5 Late Cold war (1962-1991) 145

Chapter 6 Post-Cold War (1992-8015) 185

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