More From United States Air Force

North American F-100 Super Sabre Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions By United States Air Force
Paperback: $34.95
Ships in 3-5 business days
(1 Ratings)
The first of the so-called Century Series of fighters, North American’s F-100 Super Sabre served with distinction in Vietnam and the Cold War. Originally designed as a replacement for the... More > F-86 fighter, the swept-wing “Hun” (a nickname derived from “Hundred”) debuted in 1953. After arriving in SE Asia in 1962, it came into its own as a fighter-bomber. The two-seat F-100F performed well in the forward air control role, and conducted “Wild Weasel” missions. It also flew with the Thunderbirds, and the “A” and “C” models established the world’s first supersonic speed records of 755.14 and 822 mph. Originally printed by North American and the USAF, this 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
B-47 Stratojet Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions By United States Air Force
Paperback: $19.96
Ships in 3-5 business days
(1 Ratings)
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
Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star Pilot's Flight Operating Manual By United States Air Force
Paperback: $19.95
Ships in 3-5 business days
(1 Ratings)
Designed by Lockheed’s legendary engineer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, the F-80 (first designated P-80) “Shooting Star” was one of the world’s first operational jet... More > fighter aircraft. After it missed seeing combat in WWII — four prototype aircraft were in Europe at war’s end — the plane drew first blood in Korea in 1950. Variants included a photo recon version and the two-seat T-33, both of which saw heavy service in air forces around the world. Originally printed by Lockheed and the United States Air Force in the 1950s, this F-80 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
Douglas X-3 Stiletto Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions By United States Air Force
Paperback: $19.96
Ships in 3-5 business days
(2 Ratings)
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