The Images of War series has been building into a unique and impressive visual military history and volumes have achieved best selling status. This new addition covers one of the most important episodes in the history of the development of warplanes – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: Images of War, Early Jet Bombers 1944-1954, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives FILE: R3065 AUTHOR: Leo Marriott PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: soft back PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, Cold War, surrogate wars, jet engines, jet bombers, technology, conventional bombing, nuclear warfare, trans-sonic, super-sonic
PAGES: 157 IMAGE: B3065.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/yjbkts5t LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The Images of War series has been building into a unique and impressive visual military history and volumes have achieved best selling status. This new addition covers one of the most important episodes in the history of the development of warplanes – Most Highly Recommended. The author has arranged his work in sections by nationality. The photographic selection is first class and demonstrates how much progress in development was achieved in a single decade. Piston engine propeller aircraft had reached the end of their development potential by 1945, a period of just over four decades. From 1945, jet aircraft development had moved in a single decade from performance little better than the best piston engine propeller aircraft to aircraft capable of supersonic flight and beyond twice the speed of sound. The first jet bombers suffered from relatively short engine lives, particularly the early German jets. The early British jets were more reliable but not much more. By 1950 significantly more reliable engines were in production and jet power was seeing rapidly improving reliably and engine life, and steadily increasing range and the ability to refuel in the air. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the period for younger readers is just how many different types of aircraft were being produced. Today, a handful of aircraft manufacturers are producing military fast jets and models from different countries that are remarkably similar in appearance. During the period covered by this book, the manuals were being written and the design parameters explored without the aid of computers. Today, aircraft are designed using Computer Aided Design, flow in simulation before metal is cut, built and flown in simulation many hundreds of hours ahead of the most used airframe, and where each potential modification or new weapons system is applied to an engineering computer and flown in simulation before being applied in metal. The aircraft is then monitored in flight by computers that download data to engineering computers. In this current environmen it is no surprise that aircraft built for specific missions are remarkably similar in size, format, and performance.