Introducing X-Planes

In Military History, Featured

Some of you may have already picked it up on your radar, but we would now like to formally introduce you to Osprey’s brand new aviation series. Launching in September 2016, X-Planes delves into the thrilling and dangerous world of experimental and ‘what if’ aircraft, combining expert analysis with stunning artwork, aircraft profiles and rare historical photographs.


Each book in the series will be 80 pages long, with sections examining the aircraft’s origins, how it was developed and tested, and its legacy for future aircraft development. Alongside the text will be a range of high-quality illustrations – cutaways, three-views and action artwork – just as you'd expect from an Osprey book.

The first two volumes in the X-Planes series are now available for pre-order on the Osprey website. X-Planes 1 looks at the legendary Bell X-1, the first manned craft to break the sound barrier, whilst X-Planes 2 looks at the huge and graceful Messerschmitt Me 264 – the ultra-long-range prototype ‘Amerika Bomber’. For more information on the books be sure to check out the blogs by the authors by clicking the ‘next’ button below.

  Next: The Bell X-1

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RonF posted on 11 Jun 2016 01:20:25
Great! I look forward to this series. Can hardly wait for the X-2.
C-Bone posted on 4 Jun 2016 23:02:04
Thanks for your reply, Tom.
There should be plenty to cover with just prototypes.
Looks like my choice (Do 335) is leading for the moment.
Tarawa90 posted on 4 Jun 2016 15:24:07
I'm excited to see what this series can do, I'm looking forward to potential titles on the X-15 and the Horton Flying Wing.

I also hope this doesn't come at the expense of Air Vanguard, I still want to see new books on the P-61 Black Widow and F-86 Saber.
Tom @ Osprey posted on 3 Jun 2016 09:53:25
C-Bone, for now the series is going to concentrate on military types that made it to the flyable prototype stage, and pure research aircraft like the US X-series. But there may be the odd exception - for next year we've already commissioned a book on the Luftwaffe's Emergency Fighter Programme and the (mostly never-built) fighter designs that it produced.

As with all our series, let us know what X-Planes books you'd like us to do through the suggestions box on the homepage!
C-Bone posted on 2 Jun 2016 20:13:02
This series looks very promising.
Will you just be doing aircraft that were actually built, or will you also look at types that never got off the drawing board?
kuvaszsleepybear posted on 2 Jun 2016 18:44:31
Can't wait for the "Avro Arrow" volume!!

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