Aircraft of the U.S.A.F.: Sixty Years in Pictures - Paul EllisLondon, New York & Sydney: Jane's, 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper with a couple of small marks to the upper panel.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Tables;
From the cover: “Breguet and Blackbird: two types that sum up the story of the United States Air Force and its aircraft. 1918 saw the US Air Service playing second fiddle to its allies on the Western Front, flying French Breguet 14 bombers because the American aircraft industry was not yet on a war footing. Just over 60 years later the USAF counts amongst its inventory the SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest aircraft in history and just one of the many remarkable machines that now equip the world’s most powerful air arm.
The historical fly-past led by the biplane bomber and the Mach 3 spy plane includes many types which changed the course of aviation history and set the standard for their generation of combat aircraft. In this portrait album Paul Ellis presents the most significant, the most curious, the most photogenic members of a family that has sometimes been erratic, often brilliant and never dull.
The Nieuports, de Havillands and SPADs of the Great War gave way in the 1920s and 1930s to home-grown designs from the industry that would one day supply the aviation needs of most of the world. Some of these aircraft, like the misbegotten Barling NBL-1, were doomed never to make it into service. But others — among them the Boeing P-26, Douglas World Cruiser and Martin B-10 — displayed the qualities that were to put their manufacturers into the very first rank amongst the world’s aircraft companies.
When Pearl Harbor hurled the United States into war the American industry was already tooled up to supply the US and Allied air forces with a succession of battle-winning designs. This devastating armoury included such immortals as the P-51 Mustang and P-47 Thunderbolt, twin victors of the daylight air war over Europe; the indefatigable B-17 Flying Fortress; and the ageless, irreplaceable C-47 Dakota. But America’s airmen also rode to war on a few mounts that were less than distinguished — the P-36 Hawk and P-39 Airacobra never fulfilled their original promise — while imaginative projects like the Curtiss XP-55 Ascender failed to reach production.
World war gave way to Cold War and the hot war in Korea; the jet engine ousted the big piston power plants. The result was the swept-wing F-86 Sabre and its matchless combat record against the Communist MiG-15.”