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F-14 Tomcat Pilot's Flight Operating Manual Vol. 1 By United States Navy
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PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS VOLUME 1 OF 2. YOU MUST PURCHASE BOTH BOOKS TO HAVE A COMPLETE SET. Developed as both an air superiority fighter and a long-range naval interceptor, Grumman’s F-14 Tomcat... More > was the U.S. Navy’s primary fighter from 1974 until 2006. Over 700 were built. The F-14 flew its first combat missions shortly after its initial deployment in late 1974, flying in support of the American withdrawal from Saigon. In 1981 it drew first blood, as two F-14s from VF-41 downed two Libyan Su-22s. The plane compiled a notable combat record for the United States in both Gulf Wars and NATO actions in Bosnia. Planes sold to the Shah of Iran prior to his ouster remain the last F-14s in active service, as the U.S. Navy retired it in October 2006. This F-14 pilot’s flight operating handbook was originally produced by the U.S. Navy. 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
Bell P-39 Airacobra Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions By United States Army Airforc and Royal Air Force
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The P-39 Airacobra was designed by Bell’s brilliant engineer, Robert Woods. The plane featured a mid-engine design, intended to allow it to carry a lethal 37mm cannon in the nose. An... More > all-metal, low-wing design, the P-39 was the first fighter to feature tricycle landing gear. The plane debuted in 1939, and proved impressive in tests. Yet the aircraft lacked a large fuel capacity that limited range, and pilots learned that its performance dropped off markedly at altitudes above 17,000 feet. Despite this, over 9,500 P-39s were built. Almost half were sent to the USSR, where Soviet pilots, flying low-level attack missions, achieved devastating results. Ace Alexander Pokryshkin flew the plane exclusively and scored nearly 60 kills. Originally printed by the USAAF and the RAF, this handbook provides a fascinating glimpse inside the cockpit of this warbird. Originally classified “Restricted”, the manual was de-classified and is here reprinted in book form.< 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
Bell X-1A Rocket Plane Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions By United States Air Force
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An improvement over the Bell X-1 — the first plane to break the sound barrier in level flight — the X-1A was designed to reach Mach 2.0. Initial test flights commenced in January of 1953.... More > On December 12th, test pilot Charles “Chuck” Yeager set a record with the aircraft, reaching a speed of Mach 2.43 at 75,000 feet. In 1954, pilot Maj. Arthur Murray flew the plane to a new altitude record of 90,440 feet. Roughly a year later, the X-1A was severely damaged by an explosion while strapped to its B-29 mother ship. The plane was jettisoned and destroyed. Variants of the design, including the X-1B, X-1D, and X-1E continued to fly as late as 1958. Originally printed by the U.S. Air Force and NACA / NASA, this handbook provides a fascinating glimpse inside the cockpit of one of history’s great planes. Classified “Restricted”, the manual was declassified. This affordable facsimile has been slightly reformatted. Care has been taken to preserve the integrity of the text.< Less
Douglas X-3 Stiletto Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions By United States Air Force
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The radical Douglas X-3 Stiletto was built primarily of titanium, and was intended to test high speed flight and low-aspect ratio wing design. Initial requirements indicated the aircraft would carry... More > the J-46 engine and be capable of reaching cruising speeds above Mach 2.0. Problems with the J-46 engine, led Douglas engineers to substitute underpowered J-34 turbojets. Although the plane once achieved Mach 1.2 in a dive, it never went supersonic in level flight. Nevertheless, the plane was a valuable research tool and produced critical data about inertial coupling. The X-3 first flew in 1952 and was retired in 1956. Originally printed by the U.S. Air Force and NACA (later NASA), this hand- book provides a fascinating glimpse inside the cockpit of one of history’s great planes. Classified “Restricted”, the manual was declassified and is here reprinted in book form. Although slightly reformatted, care has been taken to preserve the integrity of the text.< Less
Republic F-105 Thunderchief Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions By United States Air Force
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Known as the “Thud”, Republic’s F-105 Thunderchief entered service in 1958, and flew in a variety of roles through 1984. The largest single-engine fighter in the U.S.A.F.... More > inventory,the F-105 could exceed Mach 1.0 at sea level, and achieve Mach 2.0 at high altitude. It could carry up to 14,000 pounds of ordnance, or about as much as most WWII heavy bombers. The F-105 served as the primary strike aircraft in the early years of the Vietnam conflict, and its pilots flew over 20,000 missions. These included “wild weasel” flights intended to suppress North Vietnamese air defenses. The dangerous aspects of these missions help account for the aircraft’s high loss rate — out of 833 F-105s produced, 320 were lost in combat in S.E. Asia. Originally printed by the U.S. Air Force, this handbook provides a fascinating glimpse inside the cockpit of one of history’s great planes. Classified “Restricted”, the manual was declassified and is here reprinted in book form.< Less
Chance Vought F7U Cutlass Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions By United States Navy
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Chance-Vought’s F7U Cutlass was inspired by design data retrieved from Germany’s Arado Company at the end of WWII. To avoid extreme nose-down forces, the Cutlass was a... More > “tail-less” aircraft. Its swept wings had vertical fins and “ailevator” control surfaces. Although intended to operate at up to Mach .95, the aircraft was hampered by under- powered Westinghouse turbojets, and its nose-up profile made carrier landings dangerous. Although its in-flight performance was acceptable, the Navy initially rejected the plane as unfit for carrier use. While nearly 200 F7U-3s were eventually delivered, they were retired only five years after their introduction. Originally printed by the U.S. Navy, this F7U-3 Flight Operating Manual taught pilots everything they needed to know before entering the cockpit. Classified “Restricted”, it was recently de- classified and is here reprinted in book form. This facsimile has been reformatted. Care has been taken however to preserve the integrity of the text.< Less
Douglas F3D Skyknight Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions By Periscope Film LLC
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Designed by famed Douglas engineer Ed Heinemann, the F3D Skyknight was a twin-engine night fighter. A product of the early jet era, the F3D was equipped with the J34 turbojet, and boasted a powerful... More > radar system to locate targets in the shadow of midnight. The XF3D-1 test bed first flew in 1948. In total, 265 Skyknights would be in service before production ceased in 1952. The Skyknight had an illustrious combat career for both the Navy and Marine Corps. During the Korean War F3Ds flew as bomber escorts during nighttime raids, and as interdiction aircraft. They downed more enemy planes than any other aircraft in that conflict. They continued to serve in the Vietnam War as ECM platforms. Some Skynights continued to fly as test aircraft into the 80s. Originally printed by Douglas and the U.S. Navy, this handbook provides a fascinating glimpse inside the cockpit of this incredible plane. The manual was recently declassified and is here reprinted in book form.< Less
Convair F-102 Delta Dagger Pilot's Flight Operating Manual By United States Air Force
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The world’s first all-weather, supersonic jet interceptor, the F-102 Delta Dagger was built at the height of the Cold War. The initial mission of the “Deuce”, as the F-102 came to... More > be known, was to intercept and destroy incoming Soviet bombers. During the Vietnam conflict however, the F-102 found a new role as a fighter and as an escort for B-52 bombers. The F-102 debuted on Oct. 24, 1953 and deployed as part of Air Defense Command in 1956. In 1973, the USAF began converting F-102s into target drones. They flew in this configuration as late as 1986. Originally printed by Convair and the USAF, this F-102 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
Goodyear F2G Corsair Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions By U.S. Navy
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The Corsair was one of WWII’s most superb fighters, achieving a victory ratio of nearly 11:1 in the Pacific. Had things worked out differently, its sister craft, Goodyear’s F2G... More > “Super” Corsair, might have eclipsed that record. Based on Goodyear’s fixed-wing F1G design, the F2G had a bubble cockpit and was fitted with a Pratt & Whitney R-4360 engine. The twenty-eight cylinder, four row radial air-cooled monster provided nearly 50% more take-off power than the standard double Wasp. Yet by the close of WWII, only five F2G’s had been built, and so the plane never saw combat. Originally printed by Goodyear and the U.S. Navy, this Flight Handbook taught pilots everything they needed to know before entering the cockpit.< Less

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