Images of War, Early Jet Bombers 1944-1954, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives

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.

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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

ISBN: 1-52675-389-8

PAGES: 157
IMAGE: B3065.jpg
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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.