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United States Strategic Bombers 1945 - 2012 By Stuart Slade
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By 1944, the US had the world's largest AF with 2.4 million personnel and 80,000 A/C. After WWII, the US relied on a strategy of deterrence using nuclear weapons. Accordingly, the US gave preference... More > to its long-range atomic bombing force now known as SAC. The B-36 could hit targets thousands of miles away. -The B-29 and B-50 were replaced by B-47s while the B-36 replaced the B-52. The bombers' went supersonic with the B-58 Hustler. Finally, the ultimate expression of the strategic bomber was realized with the B-70 Valkyrie, a Mach 3 beauty with true intercontinental range. -The FB-111 replaced the B-58 while the new B-1 Lancer entered the fleet alongside the venerable B-52. An entirely new concept of bomber was developed as the B-2 Spirit. This relied on its stealth, but the sheer cost meant that only a handful of B-2s were built and the number of bombers continued to decline. -Yet, in the early 21st century, the strategic bomber was confirmed yet again in Iraq. This is the history of the US strategic bomber.< Less
Conrad's Eye By Stuart Slade
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Conrad Lorenz, Inquisitor - A soul eternally damned.  There was a time when he had known that he was doing God's work - until a horrifying miscarriage of justice opened his eyes.  That was... More > when Conrad realized the curse that had been laid upon him.  He was doomed to wander the Earth until he had saved enough of those wrongly accused to redeem his soul from the guilt of the innocents he had condemned.  Only then will he be allowed the peace of death.  For those wrongly accused and in desperate need, there is one last hope for justice.  That Conrad will cast his eye upon their case.< Less
A Mighty Endeavor By Stuart Slade
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When the Second World War started, the countries that made up the British Commonwealth agreed that if Britain was forced to surrender, the Dominions would carry on the war by themselves. Now, the... More > unthinkable has happened and a theoretical possibility has become an ugly reality. Britain is out of the war. The Commonwealth is on its own. - How will the Dominions shoulder the burden of fighting Germany? How can the Commonwealth survive when its military, economic and political center has been stripped away? In a world that is suddenly filled with unexpected enemies and unlikely friends, the Commonwealth has a desperate struggle on its hands. Just to survive will be hard enough. To survive and win is truly A Mighty Endeavor< Less
The Big One By Stuart Slade
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Summer1941. - Europe is being torn apart by a war which nobody can win. - Nazi Germany occupies Europe from the Pyrenees to the Volga. In the East, Russian and American troops fight to stop the... More > German Army from breaking through. - In the West, American carriers prowl the Atlantic, hurling their midnight-blue fighter-bombers against any target they find. Nothing can stop the madness. - America has one last hand left to play... - A fleet of the largest bombers the world has ever seen, and a plan to bring the war to an end in a single terrible blow. In a world gone to hell, the only option left is...THE BIG ONE< Less
The High Frontier By Stuart Slade
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Living and working in space is man's greatest challenge. The men and women serving on the Manned Orbiting Laboratories and the new Manned Orbital Weapons Station know the are the leading edge of... More > most important project humanity has ever attempted. The conquest of space will guarantee man's survival. Yet, there may not be enough time left. On Earth, one empire is collapsing under its own weight and there are those in its government who would prefer to suffer utter destruction rather than defeat. Will a conspiracy to stop them succeed? Another is trying to repair the damage from previous blunders and rebuild its relations with the rest of the world. Can they succeed before their enemies use a horrifying new weapon against them? As these crises converge to threaten destruction, a baffling mystery is solved. But, the question remains, will humanity have time to scale The High Frontier?< Less
The High Frontier By Stuart Slade
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Living and working in space is man's greatest challenge. The men and women serving on board the Manned Orbiting Laboratories and the new Manned Orbital Weapons Station know that they are the leading... More > edge of the most important project humanity has ever undertaken. The conquest of space will guarantee humanity's future. The danger is that there may not be enough time left. On Earth, one empire is collapsing under its own weight and there are those in its government who believe that utter destruction is preferable to defeat. Will a conspiracy to stop them succeed? Another government is trying to repair the damage done by previous blunders and re-establish relations with the rest of the world. Can they succeed before their enemies use a new and dreadful weapon to stop them? As the simultaneous crises converge to threaten destruction, a baffling mystery is solved. But the question remains.... Will humanity have time to scale "The High Frontier?"< Less
Winter Warriors By Stuart Slade
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One great German offensive has broken through the Russian defenses leaving an Allied army trapped in the frozen waste land of the Kola Peninsula. While the armies try to survive the bitter cold... More > opposing ski-troops fight a vicious private war to dominate the ground between by their armies. Desperate to break the deadlock, the German Navy sets sail in an effort to destroy the convoys that keep the allied troops on Kola alive. And so, an epic naval battle brews in the icy waters of the North Atlantic. In the midst of the fighting, a U.S. Navy railway gun crew, Russian railway engineers and Siberian ski-troops come together in a desperate battle to save the great guns from the advancing German troops. Behind the scenes, in a war-weary America, another political battle is being fought, one in which a supposed friend can be as deadly an enemy as any found on the Kola Peninsula.< Less
Air War Vietnam Part II - Plans and Operations 1969 - 1975 By Stuart Slade, Dr. Elizabeth H. Hartsook
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After the Vietnam War, the USAF Historical Research Center produced 17 monographs that detailed the history of the War. These studies were Top Secret for many years and were recently released to the... More > public. These monographs deal with the political, operational and technical development of the Air Force in the Vietnam War. Many books have been written that tell us what happened in the skies over Vietnam. These monographs tell us why those events took place and how the decisions that shaped the war were taken. The narrative that emerges presents a very different story from the picture of the Vietnam War that is commonly accepted. This Second volume covers the Vietnam War from the peak of action in 1969 to the final defeat of South Vietnam in 1975. The original text has been carefully preserved but has been supplemented by a wealth of illustrations. Air War: Vietnam is the definitive account of America's involvement in the Vietnam War.< Less
Air Operations 1958 Lebanon and Taiwan By Stuart Slade, Jaccob Van Staaveren
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More than fifty years have passed since the twin crises of Lebanon and Taiwan dominated the news. These two events have faded into history and are often regarded as being, at best, footnotes in the... More > histories of the Cold War. The world in which they took place seems to have passed away a long, long time ago. Yet, when reading these monographs, it become apparent that these two crises were profoundly important in terms of the effects they were to have on American strategy throughout the rest of the century. Those effects are still in play today and even now they are affecting how the United States perceives the world and reacts to developments within it. Air Operations in the Taiwan Crisis of 1958 and Air Operations in the Lebanon Crisis of 1958 were prepared by the USAF Historical Division . This book is a compilation of those reports with substantial additional material that updates and complements the original material. However, the integrity of the original text has been scrupulously preserved.< Less
The Air Force and the National Guided Missile Program 1944-1950 By Max Rosenberg, Stuart Slade
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At the end of World War Two, it was accepted that guided missiles would dominate future warfare. Yet, despite this conviction, nobody really knew how such weapons would be used, who would develop... More > them or who would deploy and use them in combat operations. As the post-war armed forces started to design these new weapons, they were truly entering unknown territory. --This monograph takes us back to the days when these weapons were still in the earliest of conceptual stages. Even the very nature of a guided missile still had to be properly defined. As the fundamental issues involved in developing the new missiles were addressed, funding shortages and the developing political environment added difficulties of their own. --Today, we find the idea of waging war without access to an arsenal of guided missiles and other precision-guided munitions quite unimaginable. The Air Force and The National Guided Missile Program 1944-1950 provides an invaluable insight of the era that gave birth to the modern art of war.< Less