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B-29 Airplane Commander Training Manual in Color By United States Army Air Force
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The Boeing B-29 was one of the most sophisticated aircraft of WWII. It featured many innovations including guns that could be fired by remote control and pressurized crew compartments. It was also... More > the heaviest production plane of the war, with terrific range and bomb-carrying capabilities. Carrying a crew of ten, the Superfortress devastated Japan in a series of raids in 1944-45. Finally, in August of 1945, the B-29s "Enola Gay" and "Bock's Car" dropped the atomic bombs and forced Japan to surrender. Originally printed by the U.S. Army Air Force, this B-29 Airplane Commander Pilot's Training Manual taught pilots everything they needed to know about the Superfortress. Classified “Restricted”, the text was declassified long ago and is here reprinted in book form. This impressive facsimile presents the manual in its entirety. It is over 200 pages long, and reproduced in its original multi-color glory for the first time ever.< Less
Northrop F-89 Scorpion Pilot's Flight Operating Manual By United States Air Force
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The F-89 Scorpion was the first multi-seat, all-weather jet interceptor in the U.S. Air Force. It also became the first aircraft ever equipped with a nuclear air-to-air weapon — the 1.5 kiloton... More > Genie missile. The F-89 made its debut in 1948, joined the Air Force in 1950, and then served as the mainstay of Air Defense Command for 17 years. Over 1,000 F-89s were produced, including 350 of the “J” model equipped with pylons to carry the Genie. (One F-89 did fire the missile as part of Operation Plumbob in 1957.) Originally printed by Northrop and the USAF, this F-89 Flight Operating Manual taught pilots everything they needed to know before entering the cockpit. Classified “Restricted”, the manual was recently declassified 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
B-47 Stratojet Pilot and Crew Handbook Volume 1 By United States Air Force
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PLEASE NOTE: This is VOLUME 1 of a 2 VOLUME SET. YOU NEED TO PURCHASE BOTH VOLUMES TO HAVE THE COMPLETE B-47 HANDBOOK. The Air Force’s first all jet strategic bomber, the swept-wing Boeing... More > B-47 Stratojet had a range of 3,500 nautical miles and a payload capacity of 20,000 pounds. It served as the mainstay of Strategic Air Command in the 1950s into the mid 1960s. In 1956, over 1300 B-47s and 250 RB-47s were on alert. It was fully supplanted by the B-52 by 1967. This B-47 pilot and crew handbook is over seven hundred pages long, and was originally produced by the USAF. It has been slightly reformatted but is reproduced here in its entirety, in a two-volume set. It provides a fascinating view inside one of history’s great planes.< Less
B-47 Stratojet Pilot and Crew Handbook Volume 2 By United States Air Force
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PLEASE NOTE: This is VOLUME 2 of a 2 VOLUME SET. YOU NEED TO PURCHASE BOTH VOLUMES TO HAVE THE COMPLETE B-47 HANDBOOK. The Air Force’s first all jet strategic bomber, the swept-wing Boeing B-47... More > Stratojet had a range of 3,500 nautical miles and a payload capacity of 20,000 pounds. It served as the mainstay of Strategic Air Command in the 1950s into the mid 1960s. In 1956, over 1300 B-47s and 250 RB-47s were on alert. It was fully supplanted by the B-52 by 1967. This B-47 pilot and crew handbook is over seven hundred pages long, and was originally produced by the USAF. It has been slightly reformatted but is reproduced here in its entirety, in a two-volume set. It provides a fascinating view inside one of history’s great planes.< Less
B-47 Stratojet Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions By United States Air Force
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The Air Force’s first all-jet strategic bomber, the swept-wing Boeing B-47 Stratojet had a range of 3,500 nautical miles and a payload capacity of 20,000 pounds. It served as the mainstay of... More > Strategic Air Command in the 1950s into the mid 1960s. The B-47 was an outgrowth of WWII research and development efforts, and the prototype aircraft first flew in December of 1947. The unique six-jet design featured twin engine pods on the wing near the fuselage, and one outboard. It also incorporated an elegant bicycle-type landing gear with two-wheel struts on the forward and aft fuselage and outrigger wheels. In 1956, over 1300 B-47s and 250 RB-47s were on alert. It was the high water mark for the aircraft, which was fully supplanted by the B-52 by 1967. This B-47 pilot’s flight operating handbook was originally produced by the USAF. It has been slightly reformatted but is reproduced here in its entirety. It provides a fascinating view inside the cockpit of one of history’s great planes.< Less
McDonnell F-101 Voodoo Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions By United States Air Force
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Capable of speeds in excess of 1200 miles per hour, the F-101 Voodoo was originally designed as a long-range bomber escort. Shortly after the plane’s debut in 1957, however, Strategic Air... More > Command determined that jet escorts for the B-52 were unnecessary. The F-101 was then reconfigured as an air-defense interceptor, fighter-bomber, and reconnaissance platform. Known by its pilots as the “one oh one wonder” for its performance capabilities, the Voodoo flew with distinction in Vietnam, and performed recon missions over Cuba. Over 880 F-101s were built, flying for the USAF and RCAF as late as 1984. Originally printed by McDonnell and the USAF, this F-101 Voodoo Flight Operating Manual was classified “Restricted”. It is now declassified 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
Republic F-84 Thunderjet Pilot's Flight Operating Manual By United States Air Force
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The primary strike aircraft of the Korean War, Republic Aircraft’s F-84 Thunderjet flew 86,000 missions during that conflict. It is credited with inflicting a stunning 60% of the total target... More > damage during the war, and its pilots downed eight MiGs. The first jet fighter to utilize in-flight refueling, and the first to fly with the USAF Thunderbirds, the F-84G model Thunderjet could also carry a nuclear payload in the form of a Mark 7 bomb. Over 7,500 were produced, including a swept-wing Thunderstreak variant. They flew for Strategic Air Command as late as 1957. Originally printed by Republic and the U.S. Air Force, this F-84 Flight Operating Manual taught pilots everything they needed to know before entering the cockpit. Classified “Restricted”, the manual was recently declassified and is here reprinted in book form. This facsimile has been reformatted and color images appear in black and white. Care has been taken to preserve the integrity of the text.< Less
Close Air Support and the Battle for Khe Sanh By Lieutenant Colonel Shawn P. Callahan, United States Marine Corps
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In the 77 days from 20 January to 18 March of 1968, two divisions of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) surrounded a regiment of U.S. Marines on a mountain plateau in the northwest corner of south... More > Vietnam known as Khe Sanh. The episode was no accident; it was in fact a carefully orchestrated meeting in which both sides got what they wanted. The north Vietnamese succeeded in surrounding the Marines in a situation in many ways similar to Dien Bien Phu, and may have been seeking similar tactical, operational, and strategic results. General William C. Westmoreland, the commander of the joint U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam, meanwhile, sought to lure the NVA into the unpopulated terrain around the 26th Marines in order to wage a battle of annihilation with air power. In this respect Khe Sanh has been lauded as a great victory of air power, a military instrument of dubious suitability to much of the Vietnam conflict.< Less
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
In Defense of Freedom; a History of RAF Greenham Common By J.J Sayers
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A history of Greenham Common base from 1941 to its final closure in 1992.