B-26 Marauder Walk Around Description:
From bombardier's station to the pads for the tail gunner's knees, this all-new Walk Around explores the Marauder up-close and in detail, surveying the intricacies of Martin's WWII medium bomber in depth. Exclusive photos illustrate the rarely seen inner workings and outer features of the B-26G, with additional coverage of the B-26, B-26B, and B-26C. Initially dubbed \the Widowmaker\"\" due to its high wing loading and high landing speeds. But following refinements in the design and improved crew training"
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P-47 THUNDERBOLT IN ACT Description:
P-47 Thunderbolt In Action. Book by David Doyle. Squadron Signal Books. The P-47 Thunderbolt rose to fame during World War II, with the aircraft and its pilots and crews accumulating an impressive record against ground targets, destroying a myriad of enemy trains, trucks, armored vehicles, artillery, and aircraft on the ground. The massive fighter's accomplishments were not limited to strafing and bombing runs - indeed, many P-47 jockeys earned their ace status flying the P-47 against the aircraft of the Luftwaffe and Japan, where the Thunderbolts, aided by external fuel tanks, provided long range escort for bomber formations. Chronicles the development and use of the famed 'Jug' from its genesis in the P-35 all the way to the long-legged P-47N. Production by Republic and Curtiss is discussed, along with the numerous experimental variations that did not see production. This story is told through the detailed captions associated with the 62 vintage color images and over 150 black-and-white photographs. These vintage photos are augmented by over a dozen line drawings and six color profiles. Illustrated with over 220 photographs plus color profiles and detailed line drawings; 88 pages.
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B-25 Mitchell Walk Around Description:
Soaring into the pages of history with Jimmy Doolittle's famed Tokyo Raiders, the North American B-25 Mitchell was the most-produced American medium bomber of World War II. Profusely illustrated, this volume examines the nuances of the external features and explores the inner workings of the B-25D model, the scarce hard-hitting, cannon-armed B-25H, and also the most abundantly-produced Mitchell, the B-25J. Enhancing the color photographs, taken both on the ground and in the air, four vintage black-and-white images and 14 line drawings further illustrate details, while five color renderings of aircraft and markings provide a glimpse at the nature of the crews. Illustrated with more than 200 photographs; 80 pages.
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P-61 Black Widow In Action Description:
Designed by Jack Northrop and Vladimir Pavlecka in response to a secret Army Air Corps request, the P-61, dubbed the Black Widow, became not only America's first purpose-built night fighter, but also the largest and most heavily-armed operational fighter flown by the United States during World War II. Despite being the size of a medium bomber, the unique control surfaces of the P-61 made it surprisingly agile, and among its many successes is downing of the final enemy aircraft of the war. This book tells the story of the Black Widow from the experimental XP-61 on through the final production variant, the F-15A, through black and white photos and vintage color photos, augmented by four color profiles and detailed line drawings. Illustrated with 164 black and white and 30 vintage color photographs, four color profiles, and a dozen line drawings. 80 pages.
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TBF/TBM Avenger In Action Description:
The Avenger was the foremost Torpedo Bomber in the US Navy's arsenal during WWII. Designed by Grumman as a replacement for the Douglas TBD Devastator, Avenger production began prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and it remained in US Navy service until October 1954. Demand for the large torpedo bomber was so strong that General Motor's newly-formed Eastern Aircraft Division was contracted as a second source for the Avenger, ultimately accounting for more than half of the total production. In addition to its obvious use as a torpedo bomber, the Avenger also served as a horizontal bomber, dropping conventional bombs, as well as mines and notably, depth charges, while operating in an antisubmarine role. This all-new edition is filled with 212 vintage photos, 29 of them in color, these are augmented by five color profiles and a like number of detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
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SB2C Helldiver in Action Description:
The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver served the U.S. Navy as a carrier-based dive bomber during the last two years of World War II. Intended to replace the much smaller Douglas SBD Dauntless and tasked with meeting demanding requirements, the Helldiver suffered from numerous difficulties in its development stage. An initial prototype crashed less than two months after its first flight, and a second prototype crashed two months after it first took to the air. Improvements were made, however and after 880 modifications demanded by the U.S. Navy, the SB2C entered combat with squadron VB-17 aboard the Bunker Hill during the attack on the Japanese-held port of Rabaul north of New Guinea on 11 November 1943. The aircraft was not well liked by air crews, however, due to its large size, heavy weight, and lateral instability. During the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June 1944, 45 Helldivers ran out of fuel and were lost before they could return to their carriers. More modifications ensued and the more powerful SB2C-3 made its appearance, equipped with the R-2600-20 Twin Cyclone engine and a Curtiss four-blade propeller, in 1944. Helldivers helped sink the battleship Musashi in October 1944 and, in April 1945, sent the battleship Yamato to the bottom of the ocean – the two heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever built. 194 photos, many in color, 80 pages.
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F-105 Thunderchief In Action Description:
B-52G/H Stratofortress In Action. Book by Kenneth P. Katz. Squadron Signal Books. More than any other weapon system, the legendary Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is the embodiment of American military power in the popular imagination. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the B-52 has been its longevity. The B-52 first flew in 1952 and entered operational service with the U.S. Air Force in 1955. Boeing delivered the last B-52 in 1962. Five decades later, the B-52 remains in front-line service, most recently taking part in combat over Afghanistan and Iraq. Even more amazingly, current plans are for the B-52 to remain in service until 2040. This volume is packed with historical and recent photographs of the B-52, including some that were released by the US Air Force and its contractors just for use in the book. As part of his research, the author flew on a B-52 training mission, and the flight report in this volume is the most detailed description of a B-52 mission ever published. Illustrated with color profiles, detailed line drawings and over 190 photographs; 88 pages.
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F-104 Starfighter Description:
An excellent paperback reference.
Heavily illustrated with colored photographs and multi-vie line art (drawings).
Detailed captions accompany each photo.
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Messerschmitt Bf 109 In Action Description:
Book by Hans-Heiri Stapfer. Squadron Signal Books. By the time the Third Reich collapsed in 1945, the Messerschmitt firm had produced some 34,000 examples of the legendary Bf 109, making it the most prolific aircraft of the era. Key to this tremendous output and to the plane's longevity was a simple design that allowed rapid production - even by unskilled Zwangsarbeiter - forced laborers - and gave Messerschmitt an advantage over the Focke Wulf Fw 190. The Nazis came to power in January 1933 intent on scrapping the Versailles Treaty that banned Germany from having an air force. Issued on 15 February 1934, the request by the new Reichsluftfahrtsministerium (RLM/Air Ministry) for a single-seat daytime air combat fighter with a top speed of 400 km/h brought a new lease of life to the financially strapped Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (BFW). BFW began work on the plane, its first military aircraft, that December, and in May 1935 the Bf 109 V1 prototype took to the air - 10 months before the first Spitfire - launching the career of an iconic plane whose numerous versions would serve the Reich until the end of World War II. Packed with 200 vintage photos, line drawings, and color profiles, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 in Action covers the entire career of the Bf 109 in all its versions and variations. 80 pages.