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Part#: SSP1214
F/A-18 Hornet Color in Action
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The F/A-18 Hornet has become the most common aircraft on the decks of US aircraft carriers in the history of naval aviation. While the Super Hornet is a distant relation of the A-D Hornets, they all trace their roots to the loser of the lightweight fighter competition of the early 1970s, the Northrop YF-17. However, the Navy had a requirement for a lightweight fighter to replace the A-7 and F-4 and the US Congress dictated that the Navy choose one of the lightweight fighter contenders as its new fighter/attack aircraft. The twin-engine YF-17 had a definite advantage in this competition; on 2 May 1975, the Navy announced the MDD/Northrop design as the winner. The new lightweight fighter would be built as the F-18. More than 100 photographs, color profiles and detailed line drawings; 52 pages.


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Part#: SSP10219
B-17 Flying Fortress in Action
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The B-17 Flying Fortress dropped more bombs than any other US aircraft in WWII and is arguably the iconic bomber of that epic conflict. Delivers a visual overview of the aircraft's development and use. During the 10 years in which it was produced, a total of 12,731 of the B-17 heavy bombers rolled off the assembly lines of Boeing, Douglas Aircraft, and Lockheed's subsidiary Vega. First flown in 1935, the aircraft was repeatedly modified, upgraded, and perfected in response to combat experience. Also highlights the roles played by individual aircraft and their crews, such as the 'Memphis Belle', which completed 25 missions over enemy territory; 'Stage Door Canteen', christened by Winston Churchill's daughter; and 'All American', which demonstrated the incredible toughness of the Flying Fortress by returning safely to base despite having its tail nearly sheared off by a Messerschmitt. An unmatched, lavishly illustrated account of one of the greatest warplanes of all time, a must have! Perfect binding. Illustrated with 200 vintage photographs, plus color profiles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.


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Part#: SSP5560
PBY Catalina - Walk Around
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Part#: SSP25069
B-26 Marauder Walk Around
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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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Part#: SSP14034
PT Boats In Action
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American Patrol Torpedo or PT boat crews served valiantly in every theater during World War II. From the Aleutians to the Mediterranean these men harassed enemy shipping, launched attacks against much more formidable warships, rescued downed air crews, and spirited General Douglas MacArthur to safety from Corregidor Island in March of 1942. PT boats also laid mines and smokescreens, coordinated sea-air rescue actions, and conducted intelligence and raiding operations. This 80-page volume chronicles the evolution, use, and eventual destruction of the U.S. PT boat fleet through photographs, many of them in color. Coverage includes ELCO, Higgins, and Huckins boats. Illustrated with 210 photographs, color profiles, and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.


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Part#: SSP25071
B-25 Mitchell Walk Around
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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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Part#: SSP10226
P-61 Black Widow In Action
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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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Part#: SSP10232
PBY Catalina in Action
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The iconic PBY Catalina was not only the work horse of the U.S. Navy's patrol bomber units during World War II, but also served admirably with the Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, and others. Airmen aboard British PBYs were the first to spot the German battleship Bismarck when it broke out into the North Atlantic in May 1941, and U.S. Navy PBY crewmen were the first to observe the Japanese fleet as it stole towards Midway Islands in June 1942. In addition to keeping a watchful eye out for enemy activities, Catalina crews also rescued countless downed airmen as well as sailors from stricken ships. Through daring bomb and depth-charge attacks on enemy vessels, Catalina airmen also contributed directly to the defeat of the Axis powers in combat. This all-new 80-page volume from Squadron tells the story of the Catalina through over 200 vintage photos, over 30 of which are in color, as well as eight color profiles and numerous detailed line drawings. Illustrated with more than 210 photographs; 80 pages.


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Part#: SSP10225
TBF/TBM Avenger In Action
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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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Part#: SSP10235
SB2C Helldiver in Action
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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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Part#: SSP25043
Messerschmitt Bf 109G Walk Around
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Commonly known as the 'Gustav' because of the G suffix in its name, The Bf 109G began rolling off assembly lines in February 1942 and remained in  production until the end of World War II. The Bf 109G was mainly distinguished from its predecessor by the fact that it incorporated the Daimler Benz DB 605 A engine, a powerplant with a take off rating of 1,475 h.p. - 125 h.p. more than the DB 601E engine in the Bf 109F-4. Production of the Bf 109G was also undertaken by Germany’s Allies, including Romania and Hungary. No reliable manufacturing statistics survive but it is estimated that a massive 23,000 Gustavs were built by the end of the war. Lavishly illustrated with wartime photos as well as modern museum shots, this volume recounts in detail the stories of the numerous versions of the versatile Gustav, including the G-1 and G-5 with their pressurized cabins; the prolific G-2 and G-4, which saw extensive service on the Eastern Front and in North Africa; the G-6, which was built in greater numbers than any other Gustav; the short-range reconnaissance G-8, and others. Particular attention is devoted to Gustav aircraft flown by Germany’s allies during the war - wartime photos of Croatian, Finnish, Hungarian, Italian, Romanian, Slovak, and Slovenian pilots and their aircraft, highlighting a facet of the Axis war effort often overlooked by historians. Illustrated with more than 200 photographs, detailed color profiles and line drawings; 80 pages.


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Part#: SSP10205
P-40 Warhawk In Action (Softcover)
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  This is the "P-40 Warhawk" In Action Book                    
                      by Squadron/Signal Publications.                        
                           Author: Kenneth P. Katz                            
                                                                              
FEATURES: An excellent paperback reference                                    
          Heavily illustrated with colored photographs and multi-view         
            line art (drawings)                                               
          Detailed captions accompany each photo                              
                                                                              
INCLUDES: One "P-40 Warhawk" In Action Book                                   
                                                                              
SPECS:    Size: 11" x 8.25" (279.4mm x 209.55mm)                              
          Number of Pages: 80                                                 
          Copyright: 2016                                                     
                                                            


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