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Convair aircraft: books - history and technology

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Convair

Becoming the fourth largest aircraft manufacturer in the United States when Consolidated merged with Vultee in 1943, Convair quickly built a reputation for designing and building some of the largest and most powerful aircraft in the world.
From the XA-41 ground-attack aircraft in 1944 through to the CV-880 and CV-990 airliners of the early 1960s, Convair pushed the boundaries with every project they undertook. Some were inevitably more successful than others but all would make their mark in aviation history.

The novelty of the turboprop-powered Tradewind flying-boat, the glamour of the F-102 Delta Dagger and F-106 Delta Dart and the brutish power and futuristic appearance of the B-58 Hustler are all trademark Convair machines.

Discover the history behind these incredible machines, and many others as well, in this profusely illustrated book by aviation writer Martyn Chorlton.

Author:Martyn Chorlton
Specs:96 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 x 1 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 x 0.39 in, paperback
Illustrations:140 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2018)
EAN:9781445680873

Convair Advanced Designs - Secret Projects from San Diego, 1923-1962

Consolidated Vultee, which later became Convair, built some of the world's best flying boats in the 1930s, and the world's best bombers during World War II. Convair's six-engine B-36 strategic bomber was credited with keeping the world safe during the early throes of the Cold War. But before all these great aircraft took to the skies, scores of ideas and concepts were proposed and analyzed by company management to determine if production would even be feasible.

"Convair Advanced Designs" is a book that brings these futuristic, but stillborn, concepts to life for the very first time. It features many never-before-seen company photographs, models, and drawings of such futuristic concepts as a folding-rotor anti-submarine patrol bomber and a giant seaplane passenger transport launched from a high-speed rail car!
Readers will also be fascinated to see how certain seemingly unbelievable designs evolved into actual production airplanes years later, such as the giant Convair Tradewind turboprop seaplane transport.

Author:Robert Bradley
Specs:184 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 1 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.39 in, paperback
Illustrations:320 b&w photographs
Publisher:Specialty Press (USA, 2010)
EAN:9781580072182
Book: Convair Advanced Designs - Secret Projects from San Diego, 1923-1962

Convair Advanced Designs - Secret Projects from San Diego, 1923-1962

Language: English

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Convair Deltas: From Seadart to Hustler

Tells the compelling story of America's aerospace industry in its heyday, when manufacturers boldly took the initiative to explore futuristic new designs by actually building and test flying airplanes to determine how well they would work, if at all.

Convair led the way in this area with America's only complete family of delta-wing aircraft that included America's first delta-wing jet, the one-of-a-kind XF-92 experimental prototype, the XF2Y-1 jet-powered seaplane, the XFY-1 Pogo turboprop vertical takeoff and landing fighter, the F-102 Delta Dagger and F-106 Delta Dart supersonic missile-firing interceptors, and the revolutionary record-breaking four-engine B-58 Hustler - the world's first Mach 2 strategic bomber.

Noted aviation author Bill Yenne thoroughly documents Convair's quest to conquer the aerodynamic mysteries of the delta wing with stories of the dramatic struggles and technological breakthroughs that gave the world some of its greatest fighter and bomber aircraft.

Author:Bill Yenne
Specs:216 pages, 23 x 23.5 x 1.4 cm / 9.1 x 9.25 x 0.55 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Specialty Press (USA, 2015)
EAN:9781580072311
Book: Convair Deltas: From Seadart to Hustler

Convair Deltas: From Seadart to Hustler

Language: English

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Convair XF2Y-1 & YF2Y-1 Sea Dart (Naval Fighters) (Naval Fighters)

First published in 1992, the Sea Dart book covers the engineering, development and testing of the Navy's only supersonic seaplane fighter ever built.

The XF2Y-1 was the seaborne fighter component of the Navy's late 1940 "mobile Base" concept along with Convair's R3Y Tradewind seaborne heavy transport and Martin's P6M SeaMaster seabourne supersonic bomber.

The concept was eventually abandoned with the twin Jet Sea Dart fighter and the P6M SeaMaster jet bomber being cancelled. The Sea Dart design was unique, as it used either one or two extendable skiis for its take offs and landings. 4 of the 5 Sea Darts are still on display or in storage today.

Author:B.J. Long
Specs:74 pages, 28 x 21 x 1.1 cm / 11 x 8.25 x 0.43 in, paperback
Illustrations:b&w photographs
Publisher:Naval Fighters (USA, 1993)
Series:Naval Fighters (23)
EAN:9780942612233
Book: Convair XF2Y-1 & YF2Y-1 Sea Dart (Naval Fighters) (Naval Fighters)

Convair XF2Y-1 & YF2Y-1 Sea Dart (Naval Fighters)

Language: English

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Convair B-36 Peacemaker Manual (1949-1959) - America's Cold War 'big stick' ten-engine nuclear bomber (Haynes Aircraft Manual)

Author David Baker offers an unrivalled insight into Convair B-36, America's 'Big Stick' nuclear-capable intercontinental bomber that held the line against the growing Soviet threat during the opening decade of the Cold War. He lifts the lid on the 'Peacemaker', bringing together several decades of research and investigation into an aircraft that bridges the piston-engine era and the age of the all-jet bomber.

With the aid of more than 300 photographs and detailed performance charts, he describes the design, development, structure and systems of the B-36 and its service with the US Air Force's Strategic Air Command at a crucial point in post-war history.

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Author:David Baker
Specs:224 pages, 27.5 x 22 x 1.8 cm / 10.8 x 8.7 x 0.71 in, hardback
Illustrations:300 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Haynes Publishing (GB, 2020)
Series:Haynes Aircraft Manual
EAN:9781785211935
Book: Convair B-36 Peacemaker Manual (1949-1959) - America's Cold War 'big stick' ten-engine nuclear bomber (Haynes Aircraft Manual)

Convair B-36 Peacemaker Manual (1949-1959) - America's Cold War 'big stick' ten-engine nuclear bomber

Language: English

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Convair B-36 Peacemaker - Pilot's Flight Operation Instructions

The largest piston-powered airplane ever mass-produced, the Convair B-36 "Peacemaker" was also the world's first thermonuclear bomber. The prototype B-36 flew in 1946, and was quickly upgraded as the need for a bomber with a large lifting capacity became paramount.

Yet, when it entered active service in 1949, the "aluminum overcast" was already considered obsolete. Nevertheless, nearly 400 B-36s were built and flew as strategic deterrents before the B-36 was retired in 1959.

Originally printed by the U.S. Air Force, this Flight Operating Handbook is an authentic reprint of an original. Classified "Restricted", the manual was declassified and is here reprinted in book form.

Author:United States Air Force
Specs:490 pages, 25.5 x 20.5 x 2.5 cm / 10 x 8.1 x 0.98 in, paperback
Illustrations:b&w photographs
Publisher:CKE Publications (USA, 2010)
Series:Pilot's Flight Operation Instructions
EAN:9781935327875
Book: Convair B-36 Peacemaker - Pilot's Flight Operation Instructions

Convair B-36 Peacemaker

Language: English

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Convair F-102 Delta Dagger

With vivid detail and many exclusive photographs, Wayne Mutza chronicles the Convair's F-102 Delta Dagger's unsteady course through history, from its inception to present-day survivors.
Presented for the first time are the fascinating details surrounding the F-102 in the air defense role, special projects, its unconventional use during the war in Southeast Asia, service with foreign air arms, the Air National Guard and its extensive involvement with the drone program.

Special features include a detailed listing of each aircraft's assignment history and many of the insignia associated with the F-102. Through in-depth research, the author has produced a most informative and interesting volume on a classic aircraft.

Author:Wayne Mutza
Specs:192 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 1.4 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.55 in, paperback
Illustrations:over 530 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2004)
EAN:9780764310621
Book: Convair F-102 Delta Dagger

Convair F-102 Delta Dagger

Language: English

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F-102 Delta Dagger Units (Osprey)

World War II saw the development of the heavy bomber as a decisive weapon which, in sufficient numbers, could overcome defensive fighters and guns and lay waste to strategic targets. The addition of nuclear weapons to the bomber's armament made it even more formidable, and by the late 1940s, US planners saw the growth of a Soviet nuclear-armed bomber fleet as a terrifying threat to North American security.
Conventional subsonic fighters with guns and free-flight air-to-air rockets would be incapable of reaching these incoming bombers in time to prevent even one from delivering a devastating nuclear attack.

As a result, supersonic speed, long-range guided missiles and precise radar-based control of an interception became prerequisites for a new breed of fighters, beginning with the F-102. A massive research and development effort produced the Convair F-102A '1954 Fighter', the J57 afterburning turbojet, its Hughes MX-1554 fire control system and, in due course, the Semi-Active Ground Environment (SAGE) radar and communications network that covered North America to guide its airborne defences.

In service, F-102As also provided air defence in Europe with USAFE, in the Far East and in Southeast Asia, where they protected US airbases in South Vietnam and Thailand from air attack by North Vietnamese fighters and bombers and escorted B-52s and fighter-bombers on their attack sorties.
This illustrated study from leading expert Peter E. Davis details the design, development, and deployment of the futuristic F-102, including its complex research program and role in Vietnam.

Author:Peter E. Davies
Specs:96 pages, 24.5 x 18.5 x 0.8 cm / 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2020)
Series:Combat Aircraft
EAN:9781472840677
Book: F-102 Delta Dagger Units (Osprey)

F-102 Delta Dagger Units

Language: English

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David Doyle

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Last update:15-06-2024