Throughout aerospace history, production contracts for military aircraft programs have been awarded and then cancelled as political, technological, and operational dictates mandated. Many legendary airplanes like the Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing, the Canadian CF-105 Arrow, and the Mach 3 Lockheed YF-12 Interceptor were actually built and flown successfully before being cancelled. Others, such as the North American F-108 Rapier, never made it past the mock-up stage. This book shows, for the very first time, what might have happened had these cancelled designs, often fraught with corporate politics and industrial intrigue, actually entered production and operational service.
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Since the late 1960s Erik Simonsen has been photographing all types of military, commercial, business and sports aviation subjects. What started as a hobby has turned into part-time professional work, as Simonsen authored two photographically illustrated books, entitled Spy Planes and This is Stealth, and numerous magazine articles.Review:
"Aerospace history is littered with the debris of what-might-have-been. Cutting-edge aircraft and space programs that were conceived, studied, funded and often brought to the threshold of flight or operational status are explored in this fascinating, art-rich book. But a key discriminator is the author's careful, understated exploration of reasons behind project terminations, and the impacts thereof...." -Willam B. Scott 'Bill Scott', former editor, Aviation Week & Space Technology, May 6, 2013 (William B. Scott former editor Aviation Week & Space Technology 2013-05-06)
"Rabidly recommended." (David L. Veres Cybermodeler Online 2013-03-01)
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Descrizione libro Crecy Publishing. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0859791734 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.1402246