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Great airplanes don't simply appear in history, they evolve through a myriad of technological, political, and economic processes. In this book you will experience one of the most unlikely developments in aviation history - the Convair B-36 very-long-range nuclear bomber. From its beginnings during the world's greatest conflict, through construction in a former wild-west cattle town, and deployment into the Cold War, the story of the Convair B-36 and how it intimidated the Soviet Union is an interesting study in politics and technology. In Cold War Peacemaker, you will experience life during the Cold War as your parents and grandparents lived it. You will meet military leaders, politicians, cowboys, tycoons - and a cowboy tycoon - who worked together to save the free world from communist domination. You will also see up-close the amazing technology of aviation at the beginning of the nuclear age and how it was manifested in the B-36.
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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.Review:
This all makes for a most fascinating book and one of the best yet on the B-36. If you are a fan of the aircraft or just like an exceptionally well written and illustrated book, then this one is a must have. Buy with confidence that you are getting the best. ---Modeling Madness, reviewed by Scott Van Aken, March 2010
Not only a detailed look at the development of the B-36 but also the story of aerospace manufacturing at Fort Worth. ---Hyperscale, reviewed by Ken Bowes, June 2010
For a single reference on the B-36, this is a pretty thorough book. ---Internet Modeler, reviewed by Chris Banyai-Riepl, September 2010
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