American Secret Aircraft of WWII: Fighters 1938 -1945

American Secret Aircraft of WWII: Fighters 1938 -1945


By (author) Bill Norton

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  • Publisher: Specialty Press
  • Format: Hardback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 254mm x 262mm x 25mm | 1,474g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: North Branch
  • ISBN 10: 1580071090
  • ISBN 13: 9781580071093
  • Illustrations note: 398 black and white and 34 colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 500,397

Product description

America's military aircraft industry was forced to grow at an incredible pace during World War II. At the beginning of the conflict, the nation's air arms were out-matched by better-performing Axis aircraft. It was the development, often in secret, and subsequent employment of America's fighter aircraft that helped turn the tide of the war. This book focuses on those American fighter projects of WWII that never reached combat forces, or only in a very limited manner. The book illuminates little known or minimally documented aircraft and projects that significantly advanced fighter design that never went into full-rate production and deployment. The 'standard' types are also examined to illustrate the 'state-of-the-art' at the time, the American posture and capabilities, goals set by national and military leadership, and general factors affecting the course of development for classes of fighters. Hence, this work follows the overall development of American fighter aircraft, but emphasizes those little-known projects that matured to the point of significant design development such as mockups, wind-tunnel models, and especially those yielding flying prototypes. Also includes 'dead-end' variants of service types, those only exported after US evaluation, and aircraft that entered service in only small numbers before being overcome by more advanced models or the end of hostilities. The book provides photos and drawings of every American fighter of the war and many rare or never-before-published images of little-known types of projects.

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