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Inhaltsangabe: This is the first in the Legends of the Air series and as its title suggests narrates the histories of three of the classic jet fighters of the 1950s.
Legends 1, like all the books in this series, is essentially three books in one and covers each phase of the development and operation of these three very different yet technically competing aircraft which emerged at a time when the Cold War was anything but cold.
The North American Sabre was the best the West had in 1950 when war erupted in Korea. The USSR surprised the West by the unexpectedly good performance of the previously little known MiG-15, a fine aircraft at the time only let down by poor airmanship and restricted tactical doctrine. England's Hunter followed these two into the air and naturally exceeded the performance of both, consequently remaining in widespread service well into the early 1990s.
In addition to the approximately 70,000 words of text by Stewart Wilson, Sabre, MiG-15 & Hunter is illustrated with 36 specially commissioned color sideview drawings and technical cutaways by Juanita Franzi, and features specification and production tables, maps of areas of operations, and hundreds of photographs.
Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.: F-86D SABRE
The most numerically important version of the Sabre, with 2,506 built including two prototypes, the F-86D - or 'Sabre Dog' as it was popularly known - all weather fighter was also the first major redesign of the basic Sabre to attain production. The changes were such that only 25 percent of the original remained untouched (mainly the wings and undercarriage) and at the time of the prototype's first flight on 22 December 1949, the 'D' was regarded as a new aircraft by the USAF and was designated the F-95A. Political expediency then took a hand - it was easier to get funding for developed versions of existing aircraft than for new ones - and the F-95A became the F-86D Sabre in July 1950.
Conceived in the era of the early days of the Cold War and intended to intercept Soviet bombers which would undoubtedly be carrying nuclear weapons in a time of war, the F-86D introduced several 'firsts' to the art of fighter design and service, notably in that it was the first single seat all weather (or 'night') fighter (the traditional second crew member was replaced by electronic fire control and target location wizardry) and it was the first fighter in regular service to entirely dispense with guns and carry rocket armament instead.
Compared with the day fighter Sabres which proceeded it, the F-86D had an afterburning version of the J47 engine, a nose radome for the radar under which was placed a widened engine air intake, a rear hinged 'clamshell' canopy in place of the previous aft sliding type, an 'all flying' tailplane with no separate elevators and no dihedral, hydraulically powered flight controls, a longer, wider and deeper fuselage and an electronic fuel management system which significantly reduced the pilot's workload.
The major area of commonality with the day fighter Sabres was in the use of the F-86A's slatted wing and undercarriage design, the latter coping with increased maximum weights which were eventually some 20 percent greater than the F-86A's.
As the F-86D was designed to shoot down bombers, it was decided to dispense with the gun armament and replace it with 24 2.75in (70mm) Mighty Mouse FFAR (Folding Fin Aircraft Rocket) rockets which would almost guarantee a 'kill' if fired accurately. The rockets were accommodated in the lower forward fuselage area below the cockpit, and when fired, the retractable tray on which they were mounted would pop out and the selected number of rockets dispatched towards the target. The firing sequence took only half a second to complete while the rocket carried a 7.55lb (3.42kg) warhead and had a range of up to 2.5 miles (4.1km).
Buchbeschreibung Aerospace Publications Pty Ltd, 2003. Buchzustand: Good. Volume 1. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has soft covers. In good all round condition. , 650grams, ISBN:9781875671120. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 6480517
Buchbeschreibung 1995. Paperback. Wilson, Stewart. SABRE, MIG-15 & HUNTER. 1 Legends of the Air. (Australia: Stewart Wilson & Aerospace Pub., 1995). 209p, 11" X 8 1/4", color pictorial softcover, original illustrations by Juanita Franzi & John Allen, vg. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 62926
Buchbeschreibung Aerospace Publications, ACT, Australia, 1995. Soft Cover. Buchzustand: Good. First Edition. Covers have moderate general wear and some bumping to top front corner. Associated minor creasing to top corner of some pages. Spine not creased. Internally clean. 209pp Size: 210mm x 275mm. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 013347
Buchbeschreibung Aerospace Publications, Weston Creek, ACT, 1995. Softcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Original illustrations by Juanita Franzi & John Allen (illustrator). 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 209 pages fully illustrated in b&w and colou. Pictorial card cover. No 1 in the series Legends of the Air. An in depth look at the three most important jet fighters of the 1950s together with information on the countries that flew them. Book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 37807
Buchbeschreibung Aerospace Publications Pty Ltd, ACT, Australia, 1995. Soft Cover. Buchzustand: Very Good. First Edition. 209 pages, b/w & colour photos thr/out. Illlustrated card cover, minor edge-wear. Light spill mark to front & top closed page edge, otherwise pages are clean, straight & unmarked. Tight binding. ". presenting a broad history of three of the classic fighter aircraft of the 1950s and beyond . each played a significant role in the history and development of the jet fighter, between them, these most important fighters of their era serving with some 100 nations around the world." 540 Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Second Hand. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 000574
Buchbeschreibung Aerospace Publications, Canberra, 1995. Soft Cover. Buchzustand: Near Fine. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 209 pages with colour and b/w illustrations. The story of three of the classic jet fighters of the 1950's. No 1 in the Legends of the air series. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 001336
Buchbeschreibung Aerospace Publications, Weston Creek, 1995. Buchzustand: Very Good. Larger 8vo pp.  1209.Colour and b/w illustrations. book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 102497
Buchbeschreibung Aerospace Publications, Very Good Condition, 1995. Softcover. Buchzustand: Fine. Juanita Franzi and John Allen (illustrator). Size: Large 8vo (9 to 11 inches). Binding tight. Illustrator: Juanita Franzi and John Allen. ISBN: 1875671129. ISBN/EAN: 9781875671120. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 28746
Buchbeschreibung Aerospace Publications, Australia, 1995. Paperback. Buchzustand: Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine. First edition. Softcover in illustrated wraps. 4to. First printing. Crisp and clean condition, with no marks or mars. The story of three of the classic jet fighters of the 1950s. Photo illustrations throughout along with original illustrations by Juanita Franzi and John Allen. 209 pp. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 75711
Buchbeschreibung Aerospace Publications, Weston Creek, ACT, 1995. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Near Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 209 pages; fully illustrated in b&w and colour. Hardcover in dust jacket Legends of the Air. An in depth look at the three most important jet fighters of the 1950s together with information on the countries that flew them. Book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 37808