Since the first days of rivalry between the Wright Brothers and Glenn Curtiss, aircraft manufacturers have been vying for lucrative military aircraft contracts and competing for prized long-term production runs. As a result, many advanced and now legendary aircraft have been designed, built, and flown in every generation of aviation development. Focusing on the Cold War era, this book shows readers how crucial fly-off competitions have been to the development of America's military air arsenal. This book not only explains in detail how fly-off competitions are conducted, it shows the reader what both competing aircraft designs looked like during their trials, and then what the losing aircraft would have looked like in operational markings had it actually won. Described in vivid detail are the specific aircraft and how they fared, as well as the inside political maneuvering and subterfuge involved in often-controversial aircraft contract awards. Beginning with the Boeing B-47 Stratojet's decisive victory over rival Convair and Martin designs and ending with today's advanced unmanned aerial marvels, this book covers every era of Post-World War II aviation. Author Erik Simonsen uses the wonders of modern digital photography to create highly believable images of aviation's most tantalizing 'might have beens.'
Winners, Losers, and What Might Have Been
Author: Erik Simonsen
Publisher: Specialty Press
No aircraft markings in history are more iconic than the distinctive shark s mouths applied to the noses of American Volunteer Group and 23rd Fighter Group P-40s and P-51s that fought in the skies over Asia during World War II. This book covers the camouflage and markings of the fighters they flew, including the first detailed account of the progression of markings changes made by the 23rd FG throughout the war, as well as the combat history of these legendary units. It features over 100 rare period photographs, plus 32 fully researched, full-color plates showing different aircraft types employed by the units across different camouflage patterns, with very detailed captions and reference photos. Over the past 35 years, the author has written more than a dozen books and numerous magazine articles about USAAF fighter operations during World War II. Contains: 64 pages, 105 b&w photos, 6 color photos and 32 full color plates of artwork."
Camouflage and Markings of the American Volunteer Group and the Usaaf 23rd Fighter Group, 1941-1945
Author: Carl Molesworth
Author: NA NA
Category: Literary Criticism
China's economic development has been matched by rising political ambitions and the aim of returning the country to a central role in regional and global affairs. It is therefore considered vital for China to demonstrate military presence in its area of influence. Within the past decade, China's military has undergone some of the most profound reforms and improvements since its establishment. The Chinese navy and its naval air arm are playing an increasingly important role in achieving these goals. A 2016 'white paper' called for a greater focus on the seas and clearly stated the requirement for China to establish itself as a major maritime power. Consequently, the navy is shifting its focus from defense of offshore waters to 'protection of the open seas'. The changes for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) - and its aviation component - will probably be even more dramatic than those for the air force. As the PLAN creates a modern, capable 'blue water' force, its air arm will steadily increase its capabilities by introducing more modern multi-role systems and through the establishment of an indigenous carrier force. From the author of the highly acclaimed Modern Chinese Warplanes and Flashpoint China books, this uniquely compact yet comprehensive directory provides an extensively illustrated, in-depth analysis of modern Chinese naval air power. It is organized in four parts: * The most important military aircraft and their weapons found in People's Liberation Naval Air Force service today.* Aircraft markings and serial number systems. * Recent modernization efforts and structural reforms.* Orders of battle for the PLANAF.
Chinese Naval Aviation Planaf - Combat Aircraft and Untis
Author: Andreas Rupprecht
Published and updated annually, Russia and Eurasia deals with the twelve independent republics that became members of the Commonwealth of Independent States following the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1992. The text focuses strongly on recent economic and political developments with shorter sections dealing with foreign policy, the military, religion, education, and specific cultural elements that help to define each republic and differentiate one from the other. Approximately one-third of the book is devoted to Russia, but also includes sections on Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. How the Commonwealth of Independent States came into being and how it has evolved since 1992 is also discussed. The combination of factual accuracy and up-to-date detail along with its informed projections make this an outstanding resource for researchers, practitioners in international development, media professionals, government officials, potential investors and students.
Author: Richard Bidlack
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Books describe the history of the little-known emblems and distinctive markings of Russian military aviation from its early origins up to the Russian exit from World War One. The authors have managed to collect, and in some cases partially reconstruct, the majority of emblems and signs used in Russia during this period by military aviation units. The collected material is presented in a clear and attractive form - color plates, reconstructed logos, and original photographs from public and private archives. This profusely illustrated book covers all the aircraft used, with brief details of their service use and comprehensive details of the colors and markings they carried. Besides the many photographs, full color profiles illustrate the markings applied. Detailed color notes and precise descriptions and illustration of national markings over the period complete a book that will be invaluable to aircraft enthusiasts, historians and modelers.
Camouflage and Markings. Great War
Author: Boris Stepanov,Marat Khairulin
This volume describes and illustrates the colours and markings of all piston-engine fighters that served with the Portuguese military from the end of WWI to the 1960s.
Author: Luis Armando Tavares,Armando Jorge Soares
Im Panzer III, Tiger und Königstiger in Russland, Frankreich und Ungarn
Author: Richard von Rosen
Category: World War, 1939-1945
Das große Finale der Bestseller-Trilogie: »Silber – Das dritte Buch der Träume« Es ist März, in London steht der Frühling vor der Tür – und Liv Silber vor drei Problemen. Erstens: Sie hat Henry angelogen. Zweitens: Die Sache mit den Träumen wird immer gefährlicher. Arthur hat Geheimnisse der Traumwelt ergründet, durch die er unfassbares Unheil anrichten kann. Er muss unbedingt aufgehalten werden. Drittens: Livs Mutter Ann und Graysons Vater Ernest wollen im Juni heiraten. Und das böse Bocker, die Großmutter von Grayson, hat für die Hochzeit ihres Sohnes große Pläne, allerdings ganz andere als die Braut. Liv hat wirklich alle Hände voll zu tun, um die drohenden Katastrophen abzuwenden ...
Author: Kerstin Gier
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
80 years after the Spitfire was first developed it remains an icon of military aviation. Though many associate its victory during the Battle of Britain as the high point in the history of the Spitfire, the years following were of equal importance. Having weathered the initial storm, at the start of 1941 Fighter Command took the fight to the Germans with offensive missions over the Channel. This book reveals how first using the Spitfire I and II, and then following the introduction of the Bf 109 the cannon-armed Spitfire V, RAF squadrons embarked on a range of missions which included one of the most important air battles of the war, over Dieppe on 19 August 1942. Alongside British pilots were squadrons manned by exiled Europeans and pilots from the RAAF, RCAF and RNZAF. In just three years over 100 of these pilots were to rack up ace status in the Spitfire.
Author: Andrew Thomas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Report (to Accompany S. 1376) on to Authorize Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016 for Military Activities of the Department of Defense and for Military Construction, to Prescribe Military Personnel Strengths for Such Fiscal Year, and for Other Purposes, Together with Additional Views
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Armed Services
Category: United States
Hawker's charismatic Tempest V entered RAF service just in time to be the most successful counter to the V1 flying bomb assault on southern England in the summer of 1944. With more than 800 of the robot missiles to its credit, Tempest V units then crossed the Channel to lock horns with the best the Luftwaffe had to offer – Fw 190D-9s, Ta 152s, Me 262s and Bf 109G/Ks – achieving an impressive kill/loss ratio in aerial combat. With incredibly detailed aircraft profiles and exciting combat reports this title covers the full history of Tempest squadrons, from their initial design and combat experience in World War 2 through to their post-war role and the eventual decline of this iconic British fighter.
Author: Chris Thomas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This book describes in detail the camouflage and markings of the day fighters used by the Polish Air Force from 1939 to 1947. Aircraft of Polish, French, British, American, Soviet, and German origin are shown. The writing team includes the well-known quartet of distinguished Polish aviation historians: Kopanski, Belcarz, Gretzyngier, and Matusiak. The illustrators are Artur Juszczak, Karolina Holda, Robert Gretzyngier, and Robert Grudzien. This profusely illustrated book includes many historical photographs and color profiles showing the colors and markings carried by the aircraft. Detailed color notes and precise description and illustration of national markings over the period complete a book that will be invaluable to aircraft enthusiasts, historians, and modellers.
Author: Bartlomiej Belcarz
House of Commons official report
Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons
Category: Great Britain
From the very beginning of aviation in South America, French aircraft and aviators played a major part in the development of military flying in Peru. This exciting new book covers the use of French aircraft and the involvement of French designers, instructors and military thinking in the development of the Peruvian air force. From "stick and string" biplanes through to supersonic jets, many of the most significant French types saw service in Peru and were involved in local conflicts, as detailed in this book. Profusely illustrated with many rare photos and color profiles of selected aircraft in Peruvian markings
100 Years of French Aeronautic Presence in Peru
Author: Amaru Tincopa Gallegos