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B-58 Hustler Units, Paperback / softback Book

B-58 Hustler Units Paperback / softback

Illustrated by Jim (Illustrator) Laurier

Part of the Combat Aircraft series

Description

One of the most dramatic bombers of its day, the Convair B-58 came to epitomise the Cold War power of Strategic Air Command.

Introduced only 12 years after the sound barrier was first broken, this iconic plane became the first large long-range supersonic bomber to take to the skies, a feat which had seemed far-fetched only a few years previously.

Outstripping its contemporaries in terms of speed, and agile enough to escape most interceptors, the B-58 was a remarkable feat of engineering, setting 19 world speed records and collecting a host of trophies.

The first operational bomber capable of Mach 2 at 63,000 feet, it was able to evade hostile fighters and represented a serious threat to targets across the Soviet Bloc.

Supported by contemporary first-hand accounts, photography, and full-colour illustrations, this study explores the history of this ground-breaking aircraft from its conception to its little-known testing for use in the Vietnam War.

Information

  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: The Cold War
  • ISBN: 9781472836403

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