World’s Fastest Four-engine Piston-powered Aircraft: Story of the Republic XR-12 Rainbow: Includes the Hughes XF-11 Competitor :: Mike Machat soon to be presented for sale on the first-class BookLovers of Bath web site!
North Branch: Specialty Press, 2011, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Includes: Colour photographs; Colour drawings; Diagrams; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Cutaways; Silhouettes;
>From the cover: Responding to the need for a long-range, high-speed, photo-reconnaissance aircraft to be used in the Pacific theatre at the end of World War II, engineers at Republic Aviation Corporation in New York and Hughes Aircraft Company in California designed and developed two very different kinds of airplanes. Serving as prototypes for what were hoped to be long-term production aircraft, the Republic XR-12 and Hughes XF-11 represented the zenith of piston-powered technology. With the end of the war, however, the priority of their military mission changed dramatically as the world entered the Jet Age, and a new generation of military aircraft was envisioned for the task of intelligence gathering and photo reconnaissance.
Although the emphasis of this book is on the Republic XR-12, the Hughes XF-11 is also covered as the formidable twin-engine competitor to the four-engine Rainbow. Smaller and…
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Matching Pictorial boards. 143 pages. Index. Bibliography. 11¼” x 8¾”.
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