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The U.S. Air Force began developing jet fighters as World War II came to a close. The Cold War that soon developed saw a significant increase in fighter production programs as America tried to counter the perceived Soviet threat. World War II's best piston-powered fighters could barely top speeds in excess of 450 mph. But the post-war jets developed by the U.S. Air Force were soon breaking the sound barrier, flying to Mach 3, and Mach-4 capable aircraft were on the drawing board. U.S. Air Force Prototype Jet Fighters details the evolution of these aircraft, using dozens of never-before-published photographs from government archives.
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The U.S. Air Force began development of jet-powered fighter aircraft during World War II, although neither of the types developed during the conflict saw actual combat. The Cold War saw a significant increase in the pace of development as America struggled to counter the perceived threat from the Soviet Union. Whereas the best piston-engine fighters from World War II could manage 450 mph, jet fighters soon flew faster than the speed of sound, and Mach 3 and even Mach 4 aircraft were on the drawing boards. This book provides photographic coverage of almost all of the experimental and prototype jet fighter types developed for the U.S. Air Force between the end of World War II and the present. It is a fascinating look at the evolution of jet fighters from the straight-wing Bell XP-59A through the stealthy, vertical-take-off Lockheed Martin F-35 (as represented by the X-35 demonstrator). This 60-year period is dotted by huge successes and tragic failures, technological triumphs and evolutionary dead ends, greatness and obscurity.About the Author:
Dennis R. Jenkins is a consulting engineer in Cape Canaveral, Florida, working on various aerospace projects including 20 years on the Space Shuttle and several on the stillborn X-33 program. He is the author of Space Shuttle: The History of the National Space Transportation System The First 100 Missions in addition to more than 30 other works on aerospace history.
Tony Landis was born and raised in Southern California and joined the Air Force right out of high school. He has had a life-long interest in aerospace history, and images from his photo collection have been published in hundreds of publications. He has been listed as a contributing photographer, editor, and artist in Wings/Airpower magazine and has worked at the NASA Dyden Flight Research Center for several years. Landis has authored several aviation books for Specialty Press.
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