Early US Jet Fighters

Early US Jet Fighters : Proposals, Projects and Prototypes

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In the aftermath of World War II the development of military fighter aircraft in the USA continued apace to take advantage of a new form of propulsion - the jet engine. With incredibly swift progress, post-war fighter design embraced supersonic types and the early development of the American jet fighter reached its maturity.

Design competitions were held which led to the F-87 to F-93 series of fighters and, not to be outdone, the US Navy ran competitions for carrier-based jets which resulted in the Douglas Skyknight, Grumman Panther and Vought Cutlass.

All projects resulted in a large number of design studies and proposals including plans for a Navy Long Range Escort Fighter (the abandoned OS-112). Some are quite well known but, following recent access to the papers in the Sarah Clark and George Spangenberg document collections in the US National Archives, many further previously unknown or unseen designs have come to light including new information on the types that were flown.

Competitions for, amongst others, the McDonnell Demon carrier based jet fighter together with flying boat fighters culminated in the first full supersonic design competitions held for each Service including the MX1554 (Convair F-102 Delta Dagger) and OS-130 (Vought F8U Crusader) programs.

Early US Jet Fighter, Proposals, Projects and Prototypes tells the story of these developments backed up with three-view drawings, manufacturer's models and rare photographs.

Appendices illustrate the effort being put into this work during the 1940s and 1950s, by detailing American research establishments and test facilities, chief designers, flight characteristics and a curious one-off study of an in-flight refuelling concept.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 213.36 x 297.18 x 15.24mm | 1,043.26g
  • Hikoki Publications
  • Ottringham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • over 350
  • 1902109309
  • 9781902109305
  • 433,334

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"Tony Buttler has forged a deservedly brilliant reputation for gems like this. Treat yourself to loads of fascinating fun - and get his Early US Jet Fighters. Robustly recommended." -David L.--David L. Veres"Cybermodeler Online" (11/26/2013)
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As the era of the piston-engined fighter closed the new jet engine was ushered in, aircraft designers of the 1940s and 50s struggled to meet the ever-more challenging demands of the US Air Force and Navy, as most of the new engine and airframe technology, and their increasing knowledge of high-speed flight.

Most of the new designs were turbojet powered, although others used turboprop, rocket propulsion, or even various combinations of engine, in order to meet conflicting performance requirements and overcome the limitations of the earliest turbojet engines. Flying-boat fighters were planned and major competitions were held to bring the first supersonic fighters into service.

Richly illustrated with drawings and photographs and detailed appendices, Early US Jet Fighters- Proposals, Projects and Prototypes is a fascinating record of US fighter designs in the decade following World War II, as both the military manufacturers and the US military pushed the limits of the era's technology to meet the new threats of a fast changing world.
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