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The Boeing Kc 135 Stratotanker

Author : Robert S. Hopkins, III
ISBN : 1910809012
Genre : Airplanes
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Few would have imagined when "Dix" Loesch and "Tex" Johnston took the KC-135A up for its maiden flight on August 31, 1956 that some 60 years later, it would still be in front-line active service around the world. What began as a jet-powered replacement for the KC-97 to refuel Strategic Air Command's growing B-47 and B-52 bomber fleet soon evolved into America's first military heavy jet transport, an airborne command post platform capable of surviving and then commanding America's nuclear war plan, a testbed that enabled scientists to study the Earth, send men to the Moon and understand the power of the atom. Other variants of the KC-135 included a reconnaissance airframe that monitors arms agreements, gathers intelligence to understand the intentions and capabilities of potential enemies and provides real-time intelligence in combat - beginning with the war in Southeast Asia, and continuing to ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. Today, tanker versions of the KC-135 remain in service with Chile, France, Singapore, Turkey, and the United States, while reconnaissance variants operate with Great Britain and the United States. This is a fully revised and expanded edition of the original bestselling 'Aerofax' book and includes operational histories of the 80+ unique types, as well as individual details for all 820 airplanes by serial number including first flight, delivery, changes in configuration, attrition, and retirement. Appendices cover all units, a summary of each accident, display and stored aircraft, and record-setting achievements. The author is a former USAF pilot qualified on 17 types of KC-135s, EC-135s, and RC-135s, who bring both personal experience and a broad historical understanding to this definitive work on one the most significant military aircraft of the Cold War and beyond.

Air Warfare An International Encyclopedia A L

Author : Walter J. Boyne
ISBN : 9781576073452
Genre : Aeronautics, Military
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Written by more than 100 international scholars and experts, this encyclopedia chronicles the individuals, equipment, and drama of nearly a century of aerial combat.

California Warplanes

Author : Harold Skaarup
ISBN : 9781475901443
Genre : History
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This aviation handbook is designed to be used as a quick reference to the classic military heritage aircraft that have been restored and preserved in the state of California. The aircraft include those flown by members of the US Air Force, the US Navy, the US Army, the US Marine Corps, the US Coast Guard, the Air and Army National Guard units, and by various NATO and allied nations as well as a number of aircraft previously operated by opposition forces in peace and war. The interested reader will find useful information and a few technical details on most of the military aircraft that have been in service with active flying squadrons both at home and overseas. 150 selected photographs have been included to illustrate a few of the major examples in addition to the serial numbers assigned to American military aircraft. For those who would like to actually see the aircraft concerned, aviation museum locations, addresses and contact phone numbers, websites and email addresses have been included, along with a list of aircraft held in each museum's current inventory or that on display as gate guardians throughout the state of California. The aircraft presented in this edition are listed alphabetically by manufacturer, number and type. Although many of California's heritage warplanes have completely disappeared, a few have been carefully collected, restored and preserved, and a good number have been restored to flying condition. This guide-book should help you to find and view California's Warplane survivors.

1001 Aviation Facts

Author : Mike Machat
ISBN : 9781580072441
Genre : History
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p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} In any specialized subject, detailed trivia (technical, or otherwise) is sought and prized by enthusiasts worldwide. Interesting but little-known facts have been part of aviation lore since that industry first began in the early 1900s, and today's digital aircraft are no different when it comes to this interest. Modeled after successful automotive books on the same theme, this book contains interesting and little-known facts about all aspects of aviation, written by a host of contributing authors, all of whom are well-respected experts in their fields. This book provides an insightful and in-depth look at aviation history by highlighting many little-known, yet very important aviation facts. Stories are organized by category, such as military, commercial, and sport aviation. Other popular topics include pilots and personalities, aviation movies, TV shows, and model building. More than 100 excellent photographs serve as visual highlights complementing the text. Although individual aircraft may have interesting technical histories, there are many small details that are actually vital to that aircraft's success or failure. This book brings those types of facts to the forefront, giving the reader a plethora of compelling data and information that will broaden their understanding and appreciation of aviation in general, plus aircraft and the people who make them fly.

Financing The New Space Industry

Author : Howard E. McCurdy
ISBN : 9783030322922
Genre : Science
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This Palgrave Pivot investigates the efforts of five aerospace companies—SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, Orbital Sciences, and the Boeing Company—to launch their entry into the field of commercial space transportation. Can private sector firms raise enough capital to end the usual dependence on government funding? What can historical examples of other large-scale transportation initiatives, such as the first transcontinental railway and the first commercial jetliner, teach us about the prospects of commercial space flight? As Howard E. McCurdy shows, commercializing space is a great experiment, the outcome of which will depend on whether new space entrepreneurs can attract support from a variety of traditional and nontraditional sources.

Boeing Aircraft

Author : Source: Wikipedia
ISBN : 1152003976
Genre : Transportation
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 393. Chapters: Boeing 767, Boeing 747, Boeing RC-135, McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet, McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, Enola Gay, Boeing CH-47 Chinook, Boeing AH-64 Apache, Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, Boeing 707, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint STARS, Boeing OC-135B Open Skies, Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey, Boeing E-3 Sentry, Boeing 727, Boeing 777, Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight, Boeing 737, Air Force One, Boeing 717, Boeing 757, Boeing YAL-1, Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 247, Boeing X-45, Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, Boeing B-47 Stratojet, Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Boeing 747-8, McDonnell Douglas MD-11, North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco, List of surviving B-17 Flying Fortresses, Boeing Chinook, Boeing 737 Next Generation, List of Boeing 737 operators, Boeing 747-400, Boeing B-50 Superfortress, List of surviving B-29 Superfortresses, Boeing 737 Classic, Boeing X-37, Boeing P-8 Poseidon, Boeing E-4, Boeing 314, Boeing VC-25, Boeing 747SP, B-29 Superfortress variants, Boeing 2707, Boeing A160 Hummingbird, Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter, Boeing KC-767, Boeing KC-97 Stratotanker, Boeing 377, Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar, List of surviving Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighter, Boeing P-26 Peashooter, Boeing/Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche, Boeing 307, Boeing 367-80, Boeing KC-46, Boeing X-48, Boeing Skyfox, Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle, Bockscar, Boeing YB-40 Flying Fortress, Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, Boeing X-51, Boeing 737 AEW&C, List of Boeing 787 orders, Boeing X-32, Boeing WC-135 Constant Phoenix, Boeing-Stearman Model 75, Boeing E-767, Boeing YC-14, Boeing X-53 Active Aeroelastic Wing, Boeing C-137 Stratoliner, McDonnell Douglas T-45 Goshawk, Boeing C-40 Clipper, Boeing EC-135, Boeing P-12, Boeing Model 15, Boeing Vertol CH-113 Labrador, Boein...

Voices From An Old Warrior

Author : Christopher J.B. Hoctor
ISBN : 1616004606
Genre : Airplanes, Military
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Former USAF pilot Christopher Hoctor examines the history and safety record of the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.

Alexander P De Seversky And The Quest For Air Power

Author : James K. Libbey
ISBN : 9781612341804
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Today, air power is a vital component of the U.S. armed forces. James Libbey, in Alexander P. de Seversky and the Quest for Air Power, highlights the contributions of an aviation pioneer who made much of it possible. Graduating from the Imperial Russian Naval Academy at the start of World War I, de Seversky lost a leg in his first combat mission. He still shot down thirteen German planes and became the empire's most decorated combat naval pilot. While serving as a naval attache in the United States in 1918, de Seversky elected to escape the Bolshevik Revolution and offered his services as a pilot and consulting engineer to the U.S. War Department. He proved inventive both in the technology of advanced military aircraft and in the strategy of exercising air power. He worked for famed aviation advocate Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell, who encouraged the naturalized citizen to patent his inventions, such as an in-flight refueling system and a gyroscopically synchronized bombsight. His creative spirit then spurred him to design and manufacture advanced military aircraft. When World War II broke out in Europe, de Seversky became America's best-known philosopher, prophet, and advocate for air power, even serving as an adviser to the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. The highlight of his life occurred in 1970 when the Aviation Hall of Fame enshrined de Seversky for "his achievements as a pilot, aeronautical engineer, inventor, industrialist, author, strategist, consultant, and scientific advances in aircraft design and aerospace technology." This book will appeal to readers with a special interest in military history and to anyone who wants to learn more about American air power's most important figures.

Air Warfare Of The Future

Author : Randy Littlejohn
ISBN : 1404205233
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Looks at how the Air Force may be used in the future of warfare, including information on new aircraft, spacecraft, and technology.

New Mexico Warbird Survivors 2002

Author : Harold A. Skaarup
ISBN : 0595224261
Genre : Transportation
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During the twentieth century, civil and military aviation has played a prominent role in the history and development of New Mexico. Commercial operators have exploited the advantages offered by aircraft to overcome the unique challenges of geography and climate. By virtue of New Mexico’s comparative isolation which suited the secrecy of innumerable military projects, a wide variety of military aircraft have been based there through the years. The list of military aircraft types that made up the tapestry of New Mexico aviation is as extensive as the list of legendary figures who have contributed to its amazing history. While most of the military aircraft types no longer grace the airspace over New Mexico, many can be viewed in their former splendor as they stand as gate guards or museum exhibits. This booklet provides a comprehensive guide to where these restored aircraft can be found. Complementing the details concerning aircraft specifications and roles, the author has included many facts. Finally, the descriptions of the recovery, restoration and preservation efforts stand as a tribute to the many volunteers who have devoted time, energy and financial support to ensure this rich heritage is preserved.This handbook is designed to provide aviation enthusiasts with a simple checklist on where to find retired military aircraft that are preserved in New Mexico.

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