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Cold War Combat Prototypes

By Robert Jackson

ISBN: 9781861267726
PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION): October 2005
PAGES: 160
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 157 black & white photographs

During the Cold War a great many aircraft were built and flown but for various reasons never entered operational service. Some were losers in fly-off competitions, others represented journeys up blind alleys in aircraft development, and others were cancelled on dubious financial and/or political grounds.

This book examines in detail the histories of these aircraft, and seeks to answer the following questions: What might the worlds air forces be like today, had the aircraft in this book entered service? How much did German wartime design contribute to todays combat aircraft? To what extent did so-called experts influence politicians in cancelling major projects? Was Duncan Sandys really responsible for the disastrous planning decisions taken in Great Britain in the late 1950s? Could Great Britain have taken the lead in supersonic flight in 1946 Ð and kept it? Could supersonic VTOL have become a reality in the 1960s?

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