Buttler, Tony.


Midland, Hinckley, 1st ed., 2007. 240 pp., numerous cold., + b&w photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 29 x 22cm. FINE. This book examines the great variety of US fighter and interceptor aircraft designed between the end of World War II and the period immediately after the US’s withdrawal from Vietnam. Many of these include designs that failed to progress beyond the drawing board. Topics covered include the immediate post-war designs of subsonic aircraft for both the USAF and US Navy ; boat fighters ; US supersonic designs ; the US Vertical Take-Off and Landing Programme ; the quest for a long-range interceptor and the competitions that ultimately led to the development of such iconic aircraft as the North American F-100 Super Sabre and the F-14 Tomcat. Whilst giving many insights into the way US fighter design evolved during these years, the book also provides a useful list of all project names used, a detailed glossary and newly discovered information on some of the more interesting, even bizarre, projects that were considered at the time.

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