X-Planes

Throughout the last century, one-off experimental aircraft and high-tech military prototypes have pushed the boundaries of what's possible. Authoritative and accessible, X-Planes explains the technology behind the world's most important experimental and prototype aircraft, their often dangerous flight-test careers, and how their successes and failures fed into frontline development.

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  1. Cold War Delta Prototypes

    XPL 15 Paperback Published 24 Dec 2020
    At the dawn of the supersonic jet age, aircraft designers were forced to devise radical new planforms that suited the new power of the jet engine. One of the most successful was the delta wing.Although...
  2. World War II US Gunships

    XPL 14 Paperback Published 26 Nov 2020
    The XB-40 and XB-41 were secret, little-known experimental modifications of the B-17F and B-24D, respectively, into heavily-armed bomber gunships sometimes referred to as "bomber escorters”. They were...
  3. The Wright Flyers 1899–1916

    XPL 13 Multiple formats
    Orville and Wilbur Wright, two bicycle-making brothers from Dayton, Ohio, secured their place as the most famous names in aviation history when, on December 17, 1903, they made the first powered, controlled,...

    Starting at: $17.60

  4. Douglas D-558

    XPL 12 Multiple formats
    The six Douglas D-558 research aircraft, built as two variants, were produced for a US Navy and NACA collaborative project to investigate flight in the high subsonic and supersonic regimes and to develop...

    Starting at: $17.60

  5. Jet Prototypes of World War II

    XPL 11 Multiple formats
    While World War II raged, pioneering aircraft and engine designers were busy developing the world's first practical jet-powered research aircraft to test and prove the new technology. This book examines...

    Starting at: $17.60

  6. Northrop Flying Wings

    XPL 10 Multiple formats
    Half a century before the 'flying wing' B-2 stealth bomber entered service, John K. ‘Jack' Northrop was already developing prototypes of a large 'flying wing' strategic bomber, which would have...

    Starting at: $17.60

  7. Dornier Do 335

    XPL 9 Multiple formats
    The Dornier Do 335 was conceived as a high-speed, all-weather fighter, and represented the pinnacle of piston-engined aircraft design. The Do 335 was a big aircraft, weighing just over 10,000kg when laden...

    Starting at: $16.00

  8. Bachem Ba 349 Natter

    XPL 8 Multiple formats
    The Bachem Ba 349 Natter was a secretive, vertical take-off, single-seat rocket interceptor intended to offer high-speed defence of key targets. This radical aircraft offered Luftwaffe an inexpensive means...

    Starting at: $16.00

  9. North American XB-70 Valkyrie

    XPL 7 Multiple formats
    Of the many futuristic military aircraft concepts created in the 1950s the North American XB-70 still stands out as the most awe-inspiring. With its huge, white partially-folding delta wing, its fuselage...

    Starting at: $16.00

  10. Bell X-2

    XPL 6 Multiple formats
    Even before the spectacular success of its X-1 rocket-powered aircraft in breaking the ‘sound barrier', the adventurous Bell Aircraft Corporation was already pushing ahead with a parallel project...

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