Lockheed SR 71 Blackbird

Author: Paul F Crickmore
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781472804945
Release Date: 2015-06-20
Genre: History

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.

Avro Vulcan Manual

Author: Alfred Price
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 1844258319
Release Date: 2010-11-01
Genre: Transportation

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.

RAF Typhoon

Author: Antony Loveless
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 0857330756
Release Date: 2013-06-01
Genre: Transportation

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.

Lockheed Blackbird

Author: Paul F Crickmore
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781472815248
Release Date: 2016-11-17
Genre: History

In 1986 Paul Crickmore's first groundbreaking book about the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was published. At that time, the Cold War was at its height and the SR-71 was an integral element in securing crucial intelligence from all parts of the globe. The highly sensitive nature of its missions couldn't be compromised, and it wasn't until the end of the Cold War that the operational exploits of this incredible aeronautical masterpiece could be openly written about. As time passed has more and more information has come to light, with a vast number of official documents declassified and key military figures able to talk openly about the Blackbird programme. Paul Crickmore has used these updated facts to revise his previous history of one of the world's most iconic aircraft of all time, creating what will surely be considered the definitive, timeless volume about the SR-71 Blackbird.

Sled Driver

Author: Brian Shul
Publisher: Lickle Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 0929823087
Release Date: 1991
Genre: Sports & Recreation

No aircraft ever captured the curiosity & fascination of the public like the SR-71 Blackbird. Nicknamed "The Sled" by those few who flew it, the aircraft was shrouded in secrecy from its inception. Entering the U.S. Air Force inventory in 1966, the SR-71 was the fastest, highest flying jet aircraft in the world. Now for the first time, a Blackbird pilot shares his unique experience of what it was like to fly this legend of aviation history. Through the words & photographs of retired Major Brian Shul, we enter the world of the "Sled Driver." Major Shul gives us insight on all phases of flying, including the humbling experience of simulator training, the physiological stresses of wearing a space suit for long hours, & the intensity & magic of flying 80,000 feet above the Earth's surface at 2000 miles per hour. SLED DRIVER takes the reader through riveting accounts of the rigors of initial training, the gamut of emotions experienced while flying over hostile territory, & the sheer joy of displaying the jet at some of the world's largest airshows. Illustrated with rare photographs, seen here for the first time, SLED DRIVER captures the mystique & magnificence of this most unique of all aircraft.

Fairchild Republic A 10 Thunderbolt II

Author: Steve Davies
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 1785210815
Release Date: 2017-06-10
Genre: Transportation

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

Author: Richard H. Graham
Publisher: Voyageur Press
ISBN: 0760351740
Release Date: 2016-10-01
Genre: History

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!

Battleship Bismarck Manual 1936 41

Author: Angus Konstam
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 085733509X
Release Date: 2015-01-15
Genre: History

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

Author: David Baker
Publisher: Zenith Press
ISBN: 0760340765
Release Date: 2011-04-18
Genre: Technology & Engineering

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

Author: Steve Davies
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 0857333984
Release Date: 2014-02-06
Genre: History

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.

Strategic Nuclear Weapons

Author: David Baker
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 1785211390
Release Date: 2017-08-10
Genre: Transportation

Much misinformation has been published by those who support, as well as those who are against, the continued deployment of nuclear weapons as instruments of deterrence. This book provides an apolitical description of strategic nuclear weapons, how they are designed, how they work, and how they are assigned to different targets in the event of conflict. As well as a Workshop Manual, this book would be a guide to public understanding expressed in a dispassionate and factual manner for information which many people find hard or impossible to obtain. Nuclear weapons do exist, and they cannot be wished away, and because of that, an entirely fact-based and balanced account is helpful to those who seek to understand this emotively sensitive subject delivered as a seminal reference. This book incorporates a balance of cutaway diagrams, images of hardware and test equipment, facilities and delivery systems, and traces the evolution of nuclear weapons over the past 70 years, with the emphasis on strategic nuclear delivery systems today.

Once Upon a Time

Author: Frank Murray
Publisher:
ISBN: 1502399954
Release Date: 2014-09-16
Genre:

Once Upon A Time by CIA A-12 pilot Frank Murray, call sign Dutch 20, is a declassified account of little known incidents and activities occurring during CIA Project Oxcart at Area 51 and Operation Blackshield, the operational phase flying SEA surveillance missions out of Kadena, Okinawa.

Boeing F 15E Strike Eagle

Author: Steve Davies
Publisher: Crowood Press
ISBN: 1840373784
Release Date: 2003
Genre: History

Looks at the history of the Strike Eagle, providing information on its production, operational service, combat records, specifications, models, and its future.