Convair Deltas: From Sea Dart to Hustler - Bill YenneNorth Branch: Specialty Press, 2009, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little faded at the spine and onto the margins of the panels of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Diagrams; Tables; Glossary;
From the cover: “Throughout the past fifty years, all of Convair’s delta-wing jets have retained an almost cult following in aviation enthusiast circles, and this book features the history of these futuristic airplanes with never-before-published information. All types and variants of Convair delta-wing aircraft are included, from turboprop vertical-takeoff fighters to supersonic seaplanes and Mach 2 missile-firing interceptors. Their stories are told with complete aircraft specifications, production numbers, and unit assignments.
In contrast to today’s seemingly slow and deliberate flight-test environment, it is astonishing that all six of Convair’s deltas flew in a span of only eight years. This was also an era when many manufacturers were awarded bonuses if their airplanes went supersonic on the very first flight! From the pioneering XF-92A prototype (first flown in September 1948) to the revolutionary Mach 2 F-106A Delta Dart (which made its inaugural flight in December 1956), the performance range of Convair’s delta-wing aircraft expanded rapidly. These airplanes went from flying at subsonic speeds to double-sonic speeds, and their onboard weapons systems advanced by several successive generations — in only eight short years.
Convair Deltas: From SeaDart to Hustler begins with the almost science-fiction-like concepts of early triangular wings and then advances to the story of Convair’s radical XF-92A prototype. Also included are the futuristic turboprop XFY-1 Pogo and jet-powered XF2Y-1 SeaDart, both of which flew but never reached production status.
Covered in vivid detail, as well, are three airplanes that put Convair on the map as America’s only manufacturer of operational aircraft with delta wings — the F-102A Delta Dagger; its Mach 2 sibling, the more advanced F-106A Delta Dart; and the Strategic Air Command’s first supersonic bomber, the magnificent B-58 Hustler.
Noted aviation author Bill Yenne brings the colorful story of Convair’s innovative people and ground-breaking airplanes to life in a book that is sure to enlighten any aviation enthusiast.”