American Secret Projects: Fighters & Interceptors, 1945-1978 - Tony ButtlerHinckley: Midland Publishing, 2007, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the top edges. Text complete, clean and tight.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Diagrams; Tables; Title page vignette; Appendices (2);
From the cover: “Throughout aviation history there have been many aircraft designs that have, for whatever reason, failed to progress beyond the drawing board. Indeed, the aircraft that have taken to the skies represent only a relatively small percentage of those planned.
This latest addition to the ‘secret Projects’ series is the first to explore US fighter aircraft designs in detail. Compiled by Tony Buttler, who has been researching the subject for many years, the book examines the great variety of US fighter and interceptor aircraft designed between the end of World War 2 and the period immediately after the US’s withdrawal from Vietnam.
Amongst topics covered in the book are the immediate post-war designs of subsonic aircraft for both the USAF and US Navy; the first Air Force and Navy jets; 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.
Profusely illustrated throughout and comprehensive in its coverage, the material assembled is unique and will give many insights into the way US fighter design evolved during these years. It will also provide invaluable information for aviation enthusiasts and modellers alike, allowing them to speculate on the ‘what-might-have-been’ aircraft featured in the book. It 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.
This fascinating study of some of the leading-edge technology used by the American military research establishment puts these little-known projects into historical and political context.”