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For the first time ever, a comprehensive book on the Martin 139 family of bombers! At the time, this aircraft completely revolutionized bombers. Able to outrun most fighters while carrying a heavy bomb load, this aircraft won Glenn L Martin the Collier Trophy in 1932 even though others greatly contributed to the innovative designs. It was the first all metal monoplane bomber bought in quantity by the US Army Air Corps as the B-10 and B-12 and was the first US Army bomber to be equipped with the Norden bombsight. Purchased by the Soviet Union, Argentina, Turkey, and used in combat by Siam, Netherlands and China. The US Government approved Spain and France for buying them but barred the Japanese from even entering the factory.
This book will follow the development of the aircraft from the Martin 123, Martin 139, Martin 146 and Martin 166 models plus all the alternative designs and modifications such as the B-13, B-14, the triple record setting B-12 Seaplane, Heavy Fighter, XA-15 Attack, XO-45 Observation, its use as a target towing aircraft and field modifications to carry passengers and cargo.
From the first flight to the first allied bomber to fly over Japan, from Siam's attacks against the French and Japanese in Indochina to the heroic stand of the ML-KNIL in the Dutch East Indies, from the Air Mail Project, to the Alaskan Flight, to the Japanese destruction of the B-10s at Pearl Harbor and the Philippines the following day, to its evaluation of captured aircraft by the Japanese, this book covers it all!This is Volume 1 of the Forgotten Bomber series.
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