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American Secret Pusher Fighters of World War II

Author: Gerald Balzer
This book analyzes the state of military aircraft procurement just prior to the start of World War II, and then focuses on the three winners of the 1940 fighter competition — the Vultee XP-54, the Curtiss XP-55, and the Northrop XP-56. These radical designs ("Pusher" referred to having the engine in the back) used non-strategic materials and were developed in secret. At the time, the aerodynamics of these aircraft far outpaced engine development. In addition, this book details the technical difficulties of mating an advanced aircraft design with inadequate engine development.

In conclusion, I am very impressed with this book. The wealth of rare photos and drawings alone are worth having a copy. I would definitely recommend this book to both aircraft historians as well as model builders.
Internet Modeler, reviewed by Gerry Nilles, December 2008

Specialty Press is forging a deservedly brilliant reputation for unearthing aviation exotica with gems like these. Treat yourself to loads of fascinating, futuristic fun and buy this captivating book. Rabidly recommended.
Model Aircraft Monthly, reviewed by David Veres, January 2009

This is a fascinating book as it describes the efforts that were being put forth in the new designs, the way such projects were handled during the war, and the resulting design improvements that eventually led to features incorporated into later designs.
Books-On-Line, reviewed Feb. 2009

Another highly informative title that is packed to overflowing with the type of techincal photographs and diagrams that modelers love.
Model Airplane International, June 2009

This title, like others from Specialty Press, is impressive and thorough with many never before published pictures of XP54, 55, and 56 designs. I found this an engrossing title and one I recommend for anyone with an interest in WWII aviation and aviation technology in general.
Hyperscale, reviewed by Al Bowie, June 2009

This is the definitive book about the three aircraft, written in a readable, agreeable style that demonstrates the author's mastery of the subject. Specialty Press has once again provided the public with a superb product that fills a void.
Aviation History, reviewed by Walter J. Boyne, September 2009

The book is very well written, and contains many interesting pictures and drawings that are presented for the first time. We enjoyed the book, and highly recommend it to our members.
AAHS Flightline Newsletter, reviewed by Paul Butler, 3rd Quarter 2009

Product description

ISBN: 978158007125
Binding: Hardback
Dimensions: 254mm x 254mm
Pages: 192
Photos/Illus: 250 b&w and 40 colour photographs

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