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1902 Handbook of Steam Engineering: Elevators, Pumps and Steam Heating By Periscope Film LLC
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Published when the Age of Steam was at its zenith, the 1902 Handbook of Steam Engineering covers the design, construction, and operation of some of the 19th Century's most important machines: the... More > steam pump, the steam elevator, and the steam heater. Profusely illustrated, this textbook provides a wonderful view of the era when steam pressure powered whole economies, enabling the industrial age and transforming the lives of millions. This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in "how it works", steam enthusiasts, and engineers of all ages.< Less
Submarine Electrical Installations By Periscope Film LLC
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Originally printed in 1946, The Fleet Type Submarine series of technical manuals remains unparalleled. Contained in its pages and those of the companion texts are descriptions of every operating... More > component aboard a fleet boat. Electrical Installations, Navpers 16162, was originally written to acquaint submarine crews with the theory, operation, and construction of the components of the electrical installations. It especially emphasizes maintenance features and methods. Featuring explanatory text and numerous, detailed diagrams, the book is a wonderful reference for the museum docent, researcher, or anyone who ever wondered “how the heck does that work?” Originally classified “Restricted”, this book was recently declassified and is here reprinted in book form. Some illustrations have been slightly reformatted, and color plates are reproduced in black and white. Care has been taken to preserve the integrity of the text.< Less
B-1 Lancer Bomber Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions By Periscope Film LLC
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Rockwell’s B-1 Lancer serves as the supersonic component of the USAF’s bomber fleet. An outgrowth of the requirement for a heavy bomber to replace the B-52, the Lancer was conceived... More > during the Cold War as a high-speed, radar-penetrating platform. Originally intended to achieve speeds above Mach 2, the operational B-1B normally cruises at Mach .92 and dashes at speeds up to Mach 1.25. The design uses variable-sweep wings to provide high lift during takeoff and landing, and low drag in high-speed flight. Known in the Air Force as the “Bone” (for B-One), the Lancer served from 1986-92 in a strategic bombing role. Reconfigured for conventional support, the B-1 was used in Iraq in 1998, and then in Kosovo, Afghanistan and again Iraq in 2003. It continues to fulfill a vital role. This pilot's flight operating handbook was originally printed during the B-1A test program. Recently declassified, it is presented here in book form. PLEASE NOTE: Not for shipment or sale outside the USA.< Less
A-7 Corsair Pilot's Flight Operating Manual By Periscope Film LLC
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Vought’s A-7 Corsair II served the U.S. Navy for over over two decades, and flew with distinction during the Vietnam conflict. The subsonic A-7 was based on Chance Vought’s supersonic F-8... More > Crusader. It boasted a heads-up display, an inertial navigation system, and other innovations. The plane entered service in 1966, and served in Vietnam in late 1967. Its performance was impressive. The USS Ranger’s VA-147 flew over 1,400 sorties with the loss of only one aircraft. The Air Force purchased an advanced version, the A-7D, equipped with a more powerful engine. The plane later flew missions over Lebanon, Libya, Grenada, Panama, and Iraq. The last planes in U.S inventory were retired in 1991. Originally printed by the U.S. Navy and Vought, this handbook for the A-7 provides a fascinating glimpse inside the cockpit of this famous aircraft. Originally classified “restricted”, the manual was recently declassified and is here reprinted in book form.< Less
Douglas F4D Skyray Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions By Periscope Film LLC
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The Douglas F4D Skyray was a single-engine, delta- wing fighter aircraft. Equipped with the J40 after-burning turbojet, it was at one time the world’s hottest plane. On October 15, 1953, pilot... More > Bob Rahn set a speed record of 728 mph on a 100 km course — a mark that would not be eclipsed for five years. Troubles with powerplants resulted in delays with the F4D entering service. When it finally came on line in 1956, it was generally met with enthusiasm. It had wonderful rates of roll and climb, the latter being of some import for its planned mission: high-altitude interception. Yet the plane’s short range, awkward handling characteristics, and inherent instability made it somewhat ill-suited for carrier use. Although 420 “Fords” were built by 1958, they were withdrawn in 1964. Originally printed by Douglas and the U.S. Navy, this handbook provides a fascinating glimpse inside the cockpit of this plane. The manual was recently declassified and is here reprinted in book form.< Less
Grumman TBM Avenger Pilot's Flight Manual By Periscope Film LLC
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One of the most legendary naval aircraft of WWII, the Grumman TBF Avenger (and the General Motors-produced TBM) saw action in most of the major battles in the Pacific including Midway and Leyte Gulf.... More > Armed with a forward machine gun and a second in a dorsal turret, the plane could carry a 21-inch torpedo or four 500-lb. bombs, or a combination thereof. Avengers are credited with sinking the Japanese superbattleships Musashi and Yamato. A young aviator who would later become President, George H.W. Bush flew a TBF off the carrier USS San Jacinto in 1943-44. Originally printed by Grumman, G.M. and the U.S. Navy late in the war, this TBM-3 Flight Operating Handbook taught pilots everything they needed to know before entering the cockpit. Classified "Restricted", the manual was declassified long ago and is here reprinted in book form. This affordable facsimile has been reformatted and color images appear in black and white. Care has been taken however to preserve the integrity of the text.< Less
F-82 Twin Mustang Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions By Periscope Film LLC
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The F-82 “Twin Mustang” was conceived during WWII as a long-range fighter escort. Like the P-51, it was designed by North American's brilliant engineer, Edgar Schmued. The F-82 utilized... More > two extended P-51 fuselages, mounted to a newly- designed center wing and tail. The plane incorporated new propeller assemblies and a unique, four-wheel landing gear. In short, while the plane would be cosmetically similar to the Mustang, in reality it was an entirely new beast. The F-82 wasn’t ready before WWII ended, but the program escaped cancellation, and planes entered operational service in 1948. The F-82 became the last piston- powered fighter ordered by the USAF. It flew as an escort for SAC B-29s, and with distinction as a night fighter in Korea. It was retired in 1953. Originally printed by the USAF and North American, this pilot’s handbook provides a glimpse inside the cockpit of this warbird. Originally classified “Restricted”, the manual was de-classified and is here reprinted in book form.< Less
Regulus Missile Service and Launching Instructions By Periscope Film LLC
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The Regulus missile was a direct outgrowth of World War II. The success of Germany’s V-1 “buzz bombs” and the awesome power of the a-bomb suggested that developing a... More > submarine-launched, nuclear-armed guided missile was an imperitive. The Chance-Vought Aircraft Company won the contract for Regulus with a bold proposal. Their missile resembled a pilotless jet aircraft, and during the test phase was equipped with landing gear, allowing the missile to be recovered rather than expended during the tests. Regulus would be radio controlled, either by a chase aircraft or by a nearby ship or submarine, and it could carry a nuclear payload. JATO boosters enabled submarine launch of the Regulus. It would be deployed aboard five submarines. They conducted the nation’s first nuclear deterrent patrols off the coast of the Soviet Union in 1959-1964. Originally printed by the U.S. Navy and Chance-Vought, this handbook was “restricted”. It was declassified and is here reprinted in book form.< Less
Douglas Skystreak + Skyrocket Flight Operating Manual By Periscope Film LLC
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The D-558 aircraft were part of a transonic research program originated by NACA and the U.S. Navy. The D-558-1 Skystreak turbojet was designed in 1945 and first flew in 1947 at Muroc. It quickly set... More > a new world speed record of over 650 miles per hour. Although it approached Mach 1.0 in level flight, the Skystreak could only break the speed of sound in a dive. The successor aircraft, the D-558-2 Skyrocket, was equipped with a turbojet and the same rocket system as Bell’s X-1. The jet was used for takeoff and landing, and the rockets allowed the aircraft to travel into the transonic zone. The Skyrocket test program began in 1948. In 1953, Scott Cross- field bested that mark and flew into aviation history when he became the first person to reach Mach 2.0 in the plane. Originally printed by the U.S. Navy, NACA and Douglas, this book contains manuals for both of these amazing aircraft. Originally classified “Restricted”, they have been declassified and are here reprinted in book form.< Less
Submarine Trim and Drain Systems By Periscope Film LLC
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Originally printed in 1946, The Fleet Type Submarine series of technical manuals remains unparalleled. Contained in its pages and those of the companion texts are descriptions of every operating... More > component aboard a fleet boat. Trim and Drain Systems, Navpers 16166, examines the mechanisms that allow a submarine to be a “submersible ship” -- to dive beneath the waves and resurface. Featuring explanatory text and numerous, detailed diagrams, the book is a wonderful reference for the museum docent, researcher, or anyone who ever wondered “how the heck does that work?” Originally classified “Restricted”, this book was recently declassified and is here reprinted in book form. Some illustrations have been slightly reformatted, and color plates are reproduced in black and white. Care has been taken to preserve the integrity of the text.< Less

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Left to Die Left to Die By Wes Rand
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