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. 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...
  2. 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: £11.19

  3. 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: £13.42

  4. 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...

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  5. 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: £13.42

  6. 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: £12.46

  7. 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: £12.46

  8. 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...

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  9. 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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  10. TSR2

    XPL 5 Multiple formats
    The TSR2 is one of the greatest 'what-if' aircraft of the Cold War, whose cancellation still generates anger and controversy among aviation fans. It was a magnificent, cutting-edge aircraft, one of the...

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