Early Jet Fighters -

Early Jet Fighters

British and American 1944 - 1954

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In almost 200 archive photographs Leo Marriott traces the course of the development of British and American jet fighters during the first pioneering decade of their production. In many ways the period from 1944 to 1954 was one of the most exciting and innovative in the history of military aviation. Rare images show the first jet fighters flown by the RAF towards the end of the Second World War and takes the story forward to the most advanced designs that played a key role in the war in Korea. The range of experimental and operational warplanes that were conceived and built during this short time was remarkable. The initial straight-wing jets began with the Gloster Meteor and Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star which were later superseded by the first operational swept-wing fighters such as the Hawker Hunter, North American F-86 Sabre and Grumman F9F-6 Cougar. Development of all these benefited greatly from German Second World War advances in aerodynamics that were exploited by the British and Americans when the war ended. Progress was so swift that, by the mid-1950s, the prototypes of the next generation of truly supersonic fighters were starting to appear, and these are featured in Leo Marriott's fascinating selection of images. He even includes a variety of prototypes which for various reasons did not result in production orders, as well as several unusual concepts such as flying boat fighters and mixed-power designs. Early Jet Fighters: British and American 1944-1954 is a graphic and informative introduction to an extraordinary stage in the evolution of the modern warplane. AUTHOR: Leo Marriott has written numerous books on aviation, naval and military subjects including several under the Pen & Sword imprint including Treaty Cruisers, Catapult Aircraft, Jets at Sea. He is now retired after a fifty-year career as an air traffic controller but still maintains his pilot's licence flying a syndicate-owned Cessna 172. Apart from aviation and naval history, his other interests include sailing, photography and painting. 200 illustrations

Product code: 9781526727770

ISBN 9781526727770
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H246xW189
No. Of Pages 134
Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Photographic history of the British and American fighter jets of the late 1940s and early 1950s.