Oct 022015
 

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 and recovery system consisted of a hinged vertical platform mounted on a merchant ship; the pilot approached the platform from the side and hovered vertically just in front of it, attaching the aircraft to the platform with a retractable nosegear spike and landing on two small wing gear. The fighter was armed with four 20 mm cannon and was designed to protect convoy vessels from enemy air attack. In addition to the basic Model 262, Martin also presented Modifications A, B and C, the configurations of which were even more unorthodox than the main proposal. Finally, the book examines the Model 262P, a handsome scale demonstrator designed to verify the basic soundness of the concept. This 52 page publication features 56 illustrations, including detailed schematics, artist’s impressions, and speculative color profiles of these remarkable secret aircraft projects. It is printed in color throughout on heavy paper stock and has a full color glossy cover. This is the author’s second book covering the convoy fighter competition, the first one being devoted to the Goodyear GA-28A/B, which is still available from bookstores worldwide. A low resolution preview of the book’s contents is shown below:

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You may also watch a video previewing the book on YoutubeReviews of the publication have been very positive. Listed at $16.99, the print edition of this book can be purchased on Amazon.com as well as its overseas branches, such as Amazon.caAmazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, and Amazon.co.jp, along with other major booksellers worldwide. (Actual price may vary depending on the discount offered by these retailers). A Kindle edition is available on Amazon.com and its subsidiaries for just $6.99; the high resolution images are scaled to display well on tablets such as the iPad Air and Kindle Fire HDX. An EPUB edition is available from other major online bookstores worldwide for the same price. Finally, Retromechanix readers can purchase the EPUB version for just $5.99 from my shop on Gumroad.com, a savings of $1 off the regular price! Please click the button below to purchase:

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