Dark Eagles. A History of Top Secret U.S. Aircraft Programs.
- Author(s): Curtis Peebles
- Publisher: Presidio Press
- ISBN: 089141696X
Книга Dark Eagles. A History of Top Secret U.S. Aircraft Programs. Dark Eagles. A History of Top Secret U.S. Aircraft Programs. Книги Вооружение Автор: Curtis Peebles Год издания: 1999 Формат: pdf Издат.:Presidio Press Страниц: 378 Размер: 3.51 ISBN: 089141696X Язык: Английский0 (голосов: 0) Оценка:Peebles admirably assembles, from a multitude of sources, a compact complete history of U.S. programs to develop so-called black or secret aircraft. Those began with work on the first American jet, the Bell P-59, during World War II, and proceeded to include the construction of such eventual headline-makers as the U-2, the SR-71 Blackbird, and the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter, which distinguished itself in the Gulf War. Also covered are such lesser-known vehicles as several families of reconnaissance drones, some fast and high, some low and slow. Besides the hardware, Peebles covers the logistics, administration, and politics of keeping multibillion-dollar programs under wraps until they succeed or fail. Occasionally, such secrecy has led to fantasizing aircraft that do not exist--the demonstrably legendary Mach 5 Aurora, for example, which was a favorite of flying saucer cultists.