Magnesium Overcast: The Story of the Convair B-36(Specialty Press)

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9781580071291: Magnesium Overcast: The Story of the Convair B-36(Specialty Press)

The Convair B-36 Peacemaker was the ultimate statement of American air power at the beginning of the Cold War. An intriguing mix of proven World War II concepts and 1950s high-tech innovations, the aircraft would spark more controversy than any weapon system ever built until the ill-fated Star Wars system of the late 1980s.
Extensive research at various archives around the country have uncovered new and previously unpublished details about the B-36 and its derivatives. Among these are the first-ever photos of the never-flown second prototype YB-60 all-jet version, details about Convair s flying-boat version of the XC-99 cargo aircraft, and technical information of the stillborn Variable Discharge Turbine B-36C variant.
Includes extensive photographic coverage of the devastating 1952 Texas tornado that severally damaged and grounded a good portion of the B-36 fleet. A detailed serial number list covers each airplane and its final disposition, and a chapter covers the efforts to reclaim and scrap the aircraft as they were taken out of service.

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About the Author:

Dennis R. Jenkins is a consulting engineer in Cape Canaveral, Florida, working on various aerospace projects including 20 years on the Space Shuttle and several on the stillborn X-33 program. He is the author of more than 30 works on aerospace history.

Review:

If you have any interest whatsoever in the B-36, this is a book you cannot do without. Quite simply, this is the absolute best and most detailed coverage of the B-36 you will ever find. ---Internet Modeler, reviewed by Chris Banyai-Riepl, September 2008

This is THE B-36 book, worthy of a place on the shelves of both modellers and armchair historians. ---Hyperscale, reviewed by Rodger Kelly, January 2009

I'm certain enthusiasts everywhere will welcome these affordable reprints of landmark titles. If you missed any of them the first time around, you're in luck now. All three deserve spots in every aviation library. Strongly recommended. - --Model Aicraft Monthly, reviewed by David L. Veres, March 2009

This is THE B-36 book, worthy of a place on the shelves of both modellers and armchair historians. ---Hyperscale, reviewed by Rodger Kelly, January 2009

I'm certain enthusiasts everywhere will welcome these affordable reprints of landmark titles. If you missed any of them the first time around, you're in luck now. All three deserve spots in every aviation library. Strongly recommended. ---Model Aicraft Monthly, reviewed by David L. Veres, March 2009

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