The Last War of the Superfortresses: MiG-15 vs B-29 over Korea

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Helion and Company #ad - Color profiles showing camouflage & markings are also included. The technical aspects of the confrontation between Soviet fighters and ‘Superfortresses’ have been examined, and the reasons behind the different periods of success or failure in terms of performance in combat have been identified. In this work, the authors have analyzed the advantages and the disadvantages of the La-11 and the MiG-15bis - the principal fighters of the 64th Fighter Air Corps - from the point of view of their ability to intercept the B-29s.

Attention has been paid to the tactics of the opposing sides, and to how these changed over the course of the war. Military documents, which the authors have studied over many years of work in the Central Archive of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in Podolsk - as well as published Western sources - form the basis of this book.

Night operations, to which the B-29s and subsequently Soviet fighters were transferred, are also analyzed in detail in this book. Helion Co Ltd. Almost all the battles that took place between soviet fighters and the ‘Superfortresses’ are analyzed in detail; the authors have, on the basis of a comparison of Soviet archive documents and data from published Western sources, attempted to clarify the actual losses on both sides in these battles.

The Last War of the Superfortresses: MiG-15 vs B-29 over Korea #ad - The book is illustrated with photographs obtained both from the personal archives of veterans of the 64th Fighter Air Corps; from the Central Archive of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation; and US National Archives. Extensive losses in combat with the migs served as one of the most influential arguments for curtailing the piston engine B-36 and B-50 bomber programs and boosting development of one of the most famous aircraft in the history of global aviation – the B-52 ‘Stratofortress’.

Following the encounters on the approaches to the bridges at Andung of 12 April 1951 Strategic Air Command decided against using ‘Superfortresses’ close to the area around the MiG bases.

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The Forgotten Air Battle of the Korean War, 23 October 1951 - Black Tuesday Over Namsi: B-29s vs MiGs

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Helion & Company #ad - An hour and a half before sunup, okinawa on a bombing mission against Namsi, nine B-29s of the 307th Bombardment Wing lifted off from Kadena Air Force Base, a North Korean airfield under construction in the heart of MiG Alley. What many experts consider the epic air battle of the Korean War and perhaps the greatest jet engagement in the history of aerial warfare has largely become another forgotten battle in a forgotten war.

. Allied and soviet perspectives are examined; statements made by the MiG pilots describe the attack; and eyewitnesses to the event have supplied photographs of the mission and its aftermath, including the aerial photo of the Namsi Airfield that was used to plan the mission. Five and a half hours later, they would engage in an air battle that would forever change the conduct of strategic aerial bombardment.

This is the story of the americans and russians who clashed in the skies above Namsi, Black Tuesday's historical impact on aerial warfare, for the first time, the events leading up to it, and, fresh conclusions based on a careful analysis of the specific factors that went into the execution of this and other bombing missions.

The Forgotten Air Battle of the Korean War, 23 October 1951 - Black Tuesday Over Namsi: B-29s vs MiGs #ad - Six of the nine would not return; the highest percentage of United States bombers ever lost on a major mission. Here, Lt. This thoroughly researched narrative history is enhanced by numerous photographs, a bibliography, and an index to full names, places and subjects. This book also records, the broader events and conditions that led up to the confrontation, from verifiable historical documents, plus the first-hand accounts of aircrew members and ground personnel who were there.

Black tuesday over namsi chronicles the calamitous B-29 daylight-bombing mission flown by the 307th Bombardment Wing on 23 October 1951 against Namsi Airfield.

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Spyflights and Overflights: US Strategic Aerial Reconnaissance 1945-1960

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Hikoki Publications #ad - For the first time he shows the soviet perspective on the flights, and makes a compelling case that reconnaissance flights did not have a sustained adverse effect on Soviet relations with the West. Few aviation subjects have been shrouded in more secrecy or been more controversial than Cold War aerial reconnaissance.

. Former reconnaissance pilot Robert S. Hopkins challenges longstanding beliefs that the flights served to prevent war, curtailed needless defense spending, and were undertaken by rogue generals bent on starting World War III. Primarily undertaken by rb-50s and rb-47s of the strategic air command and by CIA U-2s, Sweden, other Western nations such as Britain, and Taiwan were equally committed to gathering intelligence about the Soviet Union and its allies, and conducted their own peripheral and overflight missions.

Spyflights and Overflights: US Strategic Aerial Reconnaissance 1945-1960 #ad - Using newly-declassified materials, interviews with crews and policy makers, and his own experience flying strategic reconnaissance missions, Hopkins links the daily operations of courageous fliers with decisions by presidents and prime ministers that decided the outcome of the Cold War. Hopkins, iii, offers new insights into strategic intelligence flights during the early years of the cold war.

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The B-58 Blunder: How the U.S. Abandoned its Best Strategic Bomber.

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George Holt Jr. #ad - Highly effective weapons of war that often cost millions of dollars can easily end up in a trash pile due to quick and uninformed decisions. It was a technological marvel for its time and the very best pilots and navigators were chosen to fly this unique aircraft. It was nearly undetectable by enemy radars due to its speed and low radar cross section and was better at flying through heavy turbulence due to its solid delta wing design.

This work is a case study on how the B-58 supersonic bomber came to a premature death in the U. S. It had a highly accurate navigation and bombing system. Its loss was a strategic mistake. Its loss from the nuclear armory was a severe blow to our “Cold War” deterrence strength. At its maximum speed of 2. 2 mach 1, 452 mph it was 2½ times faster than the muzzle velocity of a.

The B-58 Blunder: How the U.S. Abandoned its Best Strategic Bomber. #ad - 45 caliber bullet. The b-58 was a bomber that set the standard for fear in the heart of an enemy. Told for the first time, this is the inside story that dispels the unproven myths surrounding the demise of the B-58 and why this magnificent airplane should have been saved. It had a capsule ejection system for the safety of the aircrew and was capable of getting airborne in only half the time required by other bombers.

The author provides lessons learned and recommendations for military and civilian leaders, going forward, to hopefully prevent future blunders—like what happened to the B-58.

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Operation Linebacker II 1972: The B-52s are sent to Hanoi Air Campaign

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Osprey Publishing #ad - In an attempt to end the war quickly and "persuade" the north Vietnamese to return to the negotiating table, against their capital, the B-52 bomber, President Nixon ordered the Air Force to send the US' ultimate conventional weapon, Hanoi. Bristling with the latest Soviet air defense missiles, it was the most heavily defended target in Vietnam.

After the failed april 1972 invasion of south vietnam and the heavy US tactical bombing raids in the Hanoi area, the North Vietnamese agreed to return to the Paris peace talks, yet very quickly these negotiations stalled. Taking place in late December, this campaign was soon dubbed the "Christmas Bombings.

Operation Linebacker II 1972: The B-52s are sent to Hanoi Air Campaign #ad - Using specially commissioned artwork and maps, ex-usaf fighter colonel Marshall Michel describes Linebacker II, the climax of the air war over Vietnam, and history's only example of how America's best Cold War bombers performed against contemporary Soviet air defenses.

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B-29 Superfortress vs Ki-44 "Tojo": Pacific Theater 1944–45 Duel

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Osprey Publishing #ad - By the time the americans began their aerial bombardment of Japan in 1944, both the JAAF and IJNAF were spent forces. Many who made their mark did so using suicidal ramming attacks or "Taiatari. Illustrated with full color artwork, while terrifying, this volume examines why the Ki-44 was unable to break up bomber formations conventionally during the Pacific War, and how its ramming tactics, graphically revealed Japan's inability to stop the B-29.

B-29 Superfortress vs Ki-44 "Tojo": Pacific Theater 1944–45 Duel #ad - For the bomber crews, they had what they believed was their "ace in hole": a fully armed B-29 carried four remotely operated gun turrets and a tail gunner's position, making it the world's most advanced self-defending bomber. In every respect the Ki-44 pilots were fighting a desperate battle. What the japanese did have though was the Ki-44 "Tojo.

Armed with two 40 mm cannon, it was the most heavily armed and feared single-seat fighter to see action against the new American bomber, the B-29 Superfortress. Osprey.

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Nakajima B5N ‘Kate’ and B6N ‘Jill’ Units Combat Aircraft

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Osprey Publishing #ad - Osprey. It also contributed to the sinking of the U. S. Aircraft carriers uss lexington at the battle of the Coral Sea, USS Yorktown at the Battle of Midway, and USS Hornet at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. Its replacement, was never able to achieve its full potential in combat due to advances in Allied aircraft, ” while a marked improvement over its illustrious predecessor, the Nakajima B6N “Jill, finding itself relegated to the dreaded Kamikaze strikes in the latter part of the war.

Using previously unpublished photographs as well as color illustrations, including their design and development, this book will cover the history of the “Kate” and “Jill” torpedo/attack bombers, as well as the combat highs and lows of the Imperial Japanese Navy's premier torpedo bombers. Osprey Publishing UK.

Nakajima B5N ‘Kate’ and B6N ‘Jill’ Units Combat Aircraft #ad - . Entering service during the sino-japanese war, the Nakajima B5N code-named “Kate” excelled and went on to achieve surprising and dramatic successes in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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MiG-21 Aces of the Vietnam War Aircraft of the Aces

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Osprey Publishing #ad - Indeed, 1972, by the time the last us aircraft a b-52 was claimed by the VPAF on December 28, no fewer than 13 pilots had become aces flying the MiG-21. Osprey. Osprey Publishing UK. Fully illustrated with wartime photographs and detailed color artwork plates, this book examines the many variants of the MiG-21 that fought in the conflict, the schemes they wore, and including enthralling combat reports, and the pilots that flew them.

Although the communist pilots initially struggled to come to terms with the fighter's air-search radar and weapons systems, the ceaseless cycle of combat operations quickly honed their skills. Soon thrown into combat over north vietnam, the guided-missile equipped MiG-21 proved a deadly opponent for the US Air Force, US Navy and US Marine Corps crews striking at targets deep in communist territory.

MiG-21 Aces of the Vietnam War Aircraft of the Aces #ad - Having learned their trade on the subsonic mig-17, pilots of the Vietnamese People's Air Force VPAF received their first examples of the legendary MiG-21 supersonic fighter in 1966.

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Operation Linebacker I 1972: The first high-tech air war Air Campaign

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Osprey Publishing #ad - Fully illustrated with stunning full color artwork, this is the fascinating story of arguably the world's first "modern" air campaign. Screened by bad weather and heavy air defenses in the north, the attack advanced quickly but the US quickly pushed back with an air campaign named Operation Linebacker. Their objective: defeat the invasion, preserve the government of South Vietnam, and bring the North Vietnamese back to the Paris peace talks.

Following the failure of rolling Thunder US aircraft were now armed with new technologies such as new laser-guided bombs and electronic warfare capabilities. The air force now had the fearsome ac-130 gunship and a new generation of Wild Weasel anti-radar aircraft, and the US Navy aviators now had much better dogfighting training thanks to the new TOPGUN fighter school.

Operation Linebacker I 1972: The first high-tech air war Air Campaign #ad - As the paris peace talks floundered in early 1972 and the US began to disengage from Vietnam, it was clear that the North Vietnamese were conducting a major build up for an attack into South Vietnam. Osprey Publishing UK. Osprey.

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Douglas XB-19: An Illustrated History of America's Would-Be Intercontinental Bomber

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Schiffer Military History #ad - Osprey Publishing UK. In 1935, the intent of the army air corps was to build a potential intercontinental bomber, a “Guardian of the Hemisphere”; they granted Donald Douglas a contract to build the world’s largest bomber. This volume is a must for the aviation historian, enthusiast, and modeler. Schiffer Publishing.

Douglas XB-19: An Illustrated History of America's Would-Be Intercontinental Bomber #ad - Since the xb-19 project was top secret and there was only one example, there is little information remaining for researchers. Over the past 75 years, there have only been a few magazine articles on the gigantic Douglas XB-19 bomber, usually showing it in photos dwarfing the aircraft around it. Osprey. Wolf has used original douglas and army air force documents and very rare as few were needed for one bomber Erection & Maintenance Manuals in this history, which also includes never-seen-before photos and color profiles.

William wolf presents this enigmatic bomber, a “Flying Laboratory” that was the precursor to America’s first intercontinental bomber, the Continental B-36 Peacemaker.

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F-15C Eagle vs MiG-23/25: Iraq 1991 Duel

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Osprey Publishing #ad - Osprey. Osprey Publishing UK. Designed following the relative poor performance of America's multi-role fighters during the Vietnam War, the F-15 Eagle was conceived as a dedicated air superiority fighter. Packed with artwork, illustrations, and photographs, this book places the reader in the cockpit during one of the last major dogfighting air wars in modern history.

But having trained for fifteen years in the eagle, it wasn't Eastern Bloc-operated MiGs that the F-15 eventually came up against, but pilots of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi air force. Schiffer Publishing. This book analyzes the combat between the american and soviet "cold war fighters" in a balanced and objective fashion, examining how the technical abilities of the aircraft combined with the different levels of training available to opposing pilots and ground crews allowed the F-15s to destroy the Iraqi offensive abilities within weeks of the start of the First Gulf War.

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