Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird


Author: Paul F Crickmore
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472804945
Category: History
Page: 64
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The SR-71 represents the very pinnacle of Cold War aircraft design and it has become an aviation icon. Together with its predecessor, the A-12, the Blackbird was a giant leap into the technical unknown and the design employed many forms of new technology made necessary by the excesses of speed, altitude and temperature to which the aircraft was subjected. Throughout its 34-year Air Force career, the SR-71 proved itself to be the world's fastest and highest flying operational manned aircraft. It set a number of world records for altitude and speed, including an absolute altitude record of 85,069ft on 28 July 1974, and an absolute speed record of 2,193.2mph the same day. This truly was a unique and ground-breaking aircraft, whose fascinating design history is explored here in full and illuminated with photographs and detailed technical illustrations.

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter


Author: Paul F Crickmore
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472801180
Category: History
Page: 64
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Developed by the legendary Lockheed 'Skunk Works,' the F-117 Nighthawk was a phenomenal technical achievement. Featuring cutaways, detail plates and battlescene artwork, this book tells the incredible story of the design of the machine, from the revolutionary materials used to the highly advanced computer technology that was employed to make the Stealth Fighter invisible to enemy radar. Written by the world's leading authority on the aircraft from Lockheed's 'Skunk Works', Paul Crickmore, this book reveals the impact the Stealth had in combat over Panama, Yugoslavia and most notably the Persian Gulf.

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

The Illustrated History of America's Legendary Mach 3 Spy Plane
Author: James C. Goodall
Publisher: Schiffer Military History
ISBN: 9780764355042
Category: History
Page: 224
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The legendary SR-71 Blackbird spy plane was, and still is, the world's only operational Mach 3 aircraft, and was designed, built, and tested by Lockheed's famed "Skunk Works." This new book covers all fifty Blackbirds built, from the first flight in 1962, to the last in 1999. As a replacement for the venerable U-2 spyplane, Lockheed went from contract signing to first flight in only thirty-two months starting in April 1958--from the beginning of design studies to the signing of a contract from the CIA to build the initial batch of A-12s in February 1960, to first flight in 1962. From the A-1 design through the completion of the very first Radar Cross Section models of the A-12, to the testing of every major system and subsystem, this book describes and illustrates the SR-71 as never before, using images from a variety of sources, as well as the author's own superb, new photography.

Avro Vulcan Manual

1952 Onwards (all marks)
Author: Alfred Price,Tony Blackman
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9781844258314
Category: Transportation
Page: 160
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The awesome Avro Vulcan is an enduring image of the Cold War era when the world stood on the brink of nuclear annihilation. For many years the RAF’s delta-wing jet bomber was the cornerstone of Britain’s nuclear deterrent. Read about the Vulcan’s operational history and take a close-up look at its construction. Discover what it takes to own and fly the mighty V-bomber, and find out how engineers keep it airworthy. Centrepiece of the manual is Vulcan XH558 – the world’s only flying example of an Avro Vulcan.

Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II

1972 to date (all marks)
Author: Steve Davies
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9781785210815
Category: Transportation
Page: 192
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Dubbed 'Warthog' - or just 'Hog' - by those who fly and maintain it, the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is the world's undisputed close air support attack jet. As tough as it is ugly, it has built a fearsome reputation as a tank buster and infantry killer in conflicts around the globe, and its GAU-8 Avenger 30mm cannon strikes fear into the hearts of all unlucky enough to be on the wrong side of it.he A-10 was clutched from the jaws of retirement by the 1991 Gulf War. At the time of the conflict, the United States Air Force was making plans to shed it's A-10 fleet, citing obsolescence and redundancy. As the ensuing conflict showed, nothing could have been further from the truth, and no other airframe could have provided the US and Coalition commanders with the sort of forward air control, close air support, combat search and rescue, and tank busting capabilities that the Hog did. Since then the A-10 has delivered capabilities to battlefield commanders in the Balkans (1990s), Afghanistan (2001 onwards) and the second Gulf War (2003 onwards), and Libya (2011). A-10s have flown around 11 per cent of Operation Inherent Resolve sorties (striking IS targets in Iraq) since combat operations began in August 2014.

SR-71 Flight Manual

The Official Pilot's Handbook Declassified and Expanded with Commentary
Author: Richard H. Graham
Publisher: Voyageur Press
ISBN: 9780760351741
Category: History
Page: 1040
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This is the reprinted facsimile edition of the manual issued to crew members of the US Air Force's sleek SR-71, now available with photos and annotations by former Blackbird pilot Richard Graham. The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was a long-range, Mach 3 reconnaissance aircraft developed by Lockheed's top-secret Skunk Works. One of the first aircraft designed to have a low radar signature, the SR-71 could map 100,000 square miles from an altitude of 80,000 feet. Operational from 1964 to 1998, it is still the fastest jet-powered aircraft - a Blackbird once completed a Los Angeles-to-Washington, D.C. flight in 64 minutes. Naturally, reigning in all that technology and performance required some know-how on the parts of the pilots and ground crews. This massive volume, the SR-71 Flight Manual, is a facsimile reprint of the official flight manual issued to SR-71 crew members augmented with anecdotes and and descriptions of flight procedures from former SR-71 pilot Col. Richard Graham (Ret.). Divided into seven sections, the book covers in minute detail everything from the SR-71 trainer to normal and emergency operation procedures, navigation and sensor equipment, operating limitations, flight characteristics of the Blackbird, and all-weather operation. Now the official SR-71 flight manual is not only declassified, it's (at least partially) demystified as well!

RAF Typhoon

1994 onward (all marks)
Author: Antony Loveless
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9780857330758
Category: Transportation
Page: 160
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Highly capable and extremely agile, the RAF’s Typhoon (Eurofighter) is a multi-role combat aircraft that is capable of being deployed across the full spectrum of air operations – from air policing, to peace support, through to high-intensity conflict. Published with the full cooperation of the RAF, the Typhoon is given the Haynes Manual treatment and offers readers a unique insight into flying and maintaining the latest high-tech combat aircraft in the RAF’s inventory.

Boeing 747 Owners' Workshop Manual

An insight into owning, flying, and maintaining the iconic jumbo jet
Author: Chris Wood
Publisher: Zenith Press
ISBN: 9780760342930
Category: Transportation
Page: 160
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When the Boeing 747 first flew commercially in 1970, it ushered in a new era of affordable air travel. Often referred to by the nickname “Jumbo Jet,” the 747 was the world’s first wide-body commercial airliner, and its advent has proved to be one of the major milestones in aviation history. The centerpiece of this Haynes Manual is the 747-400, which is the most numerous version. As well as being the bestselling model in the 747 family, there are more 400s currently in service than any other model of this mighty jumbo.

McDonnell Douglas/Boeing F-15 Eagle Manual

1972 onwards (all marks)
Author: Steve Davies
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9780857332431
Category: Transportation
Page: 160
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The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is a twin-engine, highly maneuverable, all-weather tactical jet fighter, designed to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. It is considered among the most successful of modern jet fighters with 104 aerial combat victories to its credit, with no losses (combined figure across all user-air forces). The F-15 Eagle first flew in July 1972 and entered service with the USAF in 1976. It is expected to remain in service with the USAF until 2025.

Battleship Bismarck Manual 1936-41

An insight into the design, contruction and operation of Nazi Germany's most famous and feared battleship
Author: Angus Konstam
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9780857335098
Category: History
Page: 160
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In this, the first Haynes Manual about a Second World War warship, acclaimed maritime author and historian Angus Konstam gives readers a detailed insight into the design, fighting capability and short-lived career of Nazi Germany's greatest warship. He tells the Bismarck's story, from her origins in the aftermath of the Great War and the Versailles Treaty, including Germany's capital ship building program, her design, building, launch and fitting out, to her sea trials and eventual commissioning into the Kriegsmarine.

NASA Space Shuttle Manual

An Insight into the Design, Construction and Operation of the NASA Space Shuttle
Author: David Baker
Publisher: Zenith Press
ISBN: 9780760340769
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 160
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Designed between 1969 and 1972 and first flown into space in 1981, the NASA Shuttle will have flown almost 140 missions by the time it is retired in 2011. David Baker describes the origin of the reusable launch vehicle concept during the 1960s, its evolution into a viable flying machine in the early 1970s, and its subsequent design, engineering, construction, and operation. The Shuttle’s internal layout and systems are explained, including the operation of life support, electrical-power production, cooling, propulsion, flight control, communications, landing, and avionics systems.

General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon Manual

1978 onwards (all marks)
Author: Steve Davies
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9780857333988
Category: History
Page: 160
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Officially called the Fighting Falcon by the USAF (a name loathed by pilots and ground crews), the F-16 is popularly referred to as the ‘Viper’. First introduced into service with the USAF in 1978, the F-16 is a successful all-weather multi-role jet fighter of which more than 4,500 have been built and exported to 25 countries worldwide. It remains in service more than 30 years later. The Viper incorporates a number of innovative design features that include a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, pilot’s side-mounted control stick for ease of control when manoeuvring, a seat reclined 30 degrees to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system that makes the Viper a highly agile aircraft. At the ‘business end’ the F-16 has an internal M61 Vulcan cannon and eleven weapon-mounting stations.

NASA Saturn V 1967-1973 (Apollo 4 to Apollo 17 & Skylab)


Author: David Woods
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9780857338280
Category: Science
Page: 176
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Few launch vehicles are as iconic and distinctive as NASA's behemoth rocket, the Saturn V, and none left such a lasting impression on those who watched it ascend. Developed with the specific brief to send humans to the Moon, it pushed rocketry to new scales. Its greatest triumph is that it achieved its goal repeatedly with an enviable record of mission success. Haynes' Saturn V Manual tells the story of this magnificent and hugely powerful machine. It explains how each of the vehicle's three stages worked; Boeing's S-IC first stage with a power output as great as the UK's peak electricity consumption, North American Aviation's S-II troubled second stage, Douglas's workhorse S-IVB third stage with its instrument unit brain - as much a spacecraft as a rocket. From the decision to build it to the operation of its engines' valves and pumps, this lavishly illustrated and deeply informative book offers a deeper appreciation of the amazing Saturn V.

Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle

All Weather Attack Aircraft
Author: Steve Davies
Publisher: Crowood Press
ISBN: 9781840373783
Category: History
Page: 208
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Looks at the history of the Strike Eagle, providing information on its production, operational service, combat records, specifications, models, and its future.

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet

An insight into the design, construction and operation of the US Navy's supersonic, all-weather multi-role combat jet
Author: Steve Davies
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9781785210549
Category: Transportation
Page: 160
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The US-designed and built McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is one of the most important Fourth Generation fighters in the world. Its twin-engine, twin-tails (canted outwards) and leading edge root extensions make it one of the most recognisable fighters in operation. The latest version is the enlarged Super Hornet. It was controversial in being chosen as the replacement for the much loved F-14 Tomcat, but the truth is that it is a potent and fearsome fighter that boasts one of the most capable radars in service (it can operate in both air and ground modes near-simultaneously) and a weapons loadout that takes full advantage of it. The Super Hornet currently performs the bulk of the Western world's airstrikes on the nefarious terrorist group 'ISIS' in Iraq and Syria.Developed initially by Northrop as the P-530 Cobra in response to the US Air Force's Light Weight Fighter competition (winner: the General Dynamics F-16), the Hornet had a troubled start in life. Designated the YF-17 for the LWF fly-off in 1974, it failed to impress the Air Force. However, contractor McDonnell Douglas stepped in confident that it could be improved sufficiently to make it a contender for the US Navy's new fighter competition. McAir, as was often the case, were right. Redesigned and redesignated the F/A-18 (fighter/attack), it won the competition and entered service with the US Navy as a carrier-borne, multi-role fighter, marking the beginning of the Hornet's journey from Air Force 'reject' to 'king' of the US Navy's Fleet Defenders.

International Rescue Thunderbirds

1964 Onwards (All Marks and Models)
Author: Sam Denham,Graham Bleathman
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9780857331175
Category: Transportation
Page: 128
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The International Rescue Thunderbirds is an inventive, informative and entertaining guide to the world's foremost rescue organization. Featuring cutaway drawings, detailed diagrams, color illustrations and photographs, the book provides the ultimate visual insight into the secrets of the fabulous International Rescue team. Presented as if it were to be used by International Rescue field agents, the International Rescue Thunderbirds includes an introduction by Jeff Tracy and operational procedures for agents' missions.

Mikoyan MiG-29 'Fulcrum' Manual

1981 to present
Author: David Baker
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9780857333971
Category: Transportation
Page: 160
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The Soviet MiG-29 air superiority fighter was developed by the Mikoyan Design Bureau in the mid-1970s to counter the new generation of American high performance interceptor fighters like the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon.

F-15 Eagle Engaged

The world's most successful jet fighter
Author: Steve Davies,Doug Dildy
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 9781846031694
Category: History
Page: 292
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With its twin tail, the F-15 Eagle is probably the most recognizable military jet fighter in the skies today, and is undoubtedly the most successful jet fighter of all time, having never been shot down in combat. Flown not only by the US Air Force but by the air forces of Israel, Saudi Arabi and even Japan, and, with almost 30 years service, the F-15 is the world's leading operational air superiority and interceptor. Steve Davies and Doug Dildy draw on a vast array of sources including combat records, technical documents, and unpublished first-hand accounts from the pilots themselves to tell the story of this amazing plane, detailing such incredible feats as the Israeli F-15 which was successfully landed despite losing a wing. Containing over 100 breathtaking color photographs and comprising detailed technical information, this definitive history and guide to the world's most successful jet fighter is a "must have" for anyone interested in modern aviation.