Feb 202017
 
Streamlined Dreams: Ten Amazing Unbuilt Automobile Designs, 1916-1939

Automotive history is filled with concepts which never left the drawing board, with early streamlined projects being among the more fascinating. This book presents ten of the most striking and unusual aerodynamic automobile studies of the interwar period. Subjects include a torpedo-like race car driven by periscope; advanced teardrop passenger cars; rocket-powered vehicles with wings; Harry […]

Nov 112015
 
Northrop N-63 Convoy Fighter: The Naval VTOL Turboprop Tailsitter Project of 1950

The Northrop N-63 was an unconventional VTOL turboprop tailsitter aircraft proposal submitted to the US Navy’s convoy fighter competition of 1950, which ultimately produced the Convair XFY-1 Pogo and Lockheed XFV-1 Salmon. It was a single-seat high performance fighter designed to protect convoy vessels from attack by enemy aircraft, and for vertical unassisted takeoff from, […]

Oct 022015
 
Martin Model 262 Convoy Fighter: The Naval VTOL Turboprop Project of 1950

The Martin Model 262 was an unconventional turboprop VTOL aircraft proposal submitted to the US Navy’s convoy fighter competition of 1950, which ultimately produced the Convair XFY-1 Pogo and Lockheed XFV-1 Salmon. It was a swept-wing aircraft with triple vertical tails powered by an Allison XT-40-A-8 turboprop engine driving 16 ft contra-rotating propellers. The launch […]

Aug 162015
 
Goodyear GA-28A/B Convoy Fighter: The Naval VTOL Turboprop Tailsitter Project of 1950

This book provides a detailed overview of the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation GA-28A/B, one of the submissions to the US Navy convoy fighter competition of 1950, which ultimately produced the Convair XFY-1 and Lockheed XFV-1 VTOL aircraft. The GA-28A was a three-quarter scale prototype of the convoy fighter, while the GA-28B was the full scale design […]

Jan 012011
 
Mother Ships, Parasites and More: Selected USAF Strategic Bomber, XC Heavy Transport and FICON Studies, 1945-1954 (American Aerospace Archive 5)

In this bumper-size final issue of The American Aerospace Archive, we revisit the theme of early postwar strategic bomber development (originally covered in Issue 3) and introduce two new subjects: the USAF XC Heavy Transport and Parasite/Missile Carrier as well as selected Fighter-Conveyor (FICON) studies from the early 1950’s. A common thread throughout this issue […]

Jan 012011
 
McDonnell Naval Jet Fighters: Selected Proposals and Mock-up Reports, 1945-1957 (American Aerospace Archive 4)

This issue focuses on little-known aspects of McDonnell naval fighter development in the early Cold War period, with special emphasis on the development of the F3H Demon. The magazine covers the following subjects: • Model 40/40A (1945 day fighter proposal—5 images) • XF2H-2/-3/-4 Swept-Wing Banshee (9 images) • Model 58 (original proposal for the F3H Demon—20 images) • Model […]

Jan 012011
 
The B-52 Competition of 1946...and Dark Horses from Douglas, 1947-1950 (American Aerospace Archive 3)

In this issue, we examine proposals submitted to the Army Air Force heavy bombardment competition of 1946, which ultimately yielded the legendary Boeing B-52. Though Boeing won the initial competition, it struggled to keep the contract as changing Air Force requirements and rival companies put intense pressure on the program. One of its most aggressive […]

Jan 012011
 
North American FJ-5 Fighter: A Navalized Derivative of the F-107A (American Aerospace Archive 2)

In the second issue of the American Aerospace Archive, we present a highly detailed overview of the North American FJ-5 fighter, a proposal for a navalized  derivative of the F-107A prepared for the Bureau of Aeronautics on July 6, 1955.  With its dorsal inlet and sleek aerodynamics, the FJ-5 was among the more unusual and […]

Jan 012011
 
Martin JRM Mars Flying Boat: Commercial Projects of 1944 (American Aerospace Archive 1)

In 2008, Jared Zichek launched The American Aerospace Archive magazine using the MagCloud print-on-demand service. The inaugural issue reprints a lavish promotional brochure from 1944 of the Martin JRM Mars Transport Airplane, a commercialized version of the world’s largest production flying boat. The magazine covers three proposed versions of this luxurious “flying hotel” with 65 […]

Jan 012011
 
Secret Aerospace Projects of the US Navy, Volume 1: The Incredible Attack Aircraft of the USS United States, 1948-1949

In his second book, Jared Zichek presents the comprehensive story of some of the most radical attack aircraft ever designed to operate from an aircraft carrier. These incredible projects were developed in 1948 to equip the USS United States, an immense 65,000-ton supercarrier that was to have been the core of the Navy’s nascent strategic […]

Jan 012011
 
The Boeing XF8B-1 Fighter: Last of the Line

Besides running RetroMechanix.com, author Jared Zichek has written the definitive study of the innovative yet unsuccessful Boeing XF8B-1 “Five-in-One” naval fighter of World War II. This enormous aircraft was the last piston engine fighter built by Boeing and very nearly the last fighter built by the company until its merger with McDonnell Douglas in 1997. […]