Encyclopedia of US Air Force Aircraft and Missile Systems. Volume 1. Post-World War II Fighters 1945-1973,
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This volume contains basic information on all Air Force fighters developed between World War II and 1973, including all configurations. It is based primarily on US Air Force sources. The origin of each aircraft is noted as well as its most troublesome development, production, and operational problems. Also covered are significant modifications, most of which can be attributed to ever-changing aeronautical technology. Production totals, delivery rates, unit costs, phaseout dates, and other important milestones are provided, as well as a brief description of each versions new features. The book begins with the first postwar American jet fighter the F-80 Shooting Star. It ends with Northrops F-5 Freedom Fighter. Complete consistency of data on each fighter was not always available, but each section describes the aircrafts basic development, production decision dates, program changes, test results, procurement methods, and the like. Technical data and operational characteristics also are provided.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Guided Missiles