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X-Planes: Secret Aircraft and Secret Missions [Paperback]

David Oliver , Mike Ryan
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2 Oct 2000

‘There’s something black in the skies over Nevada’. Secret Aircraft provides a fascinating insight into the USAF’s classified (‘black’) aircraft programmes from the 1950s to the current activities in Nevada.

There is no doubt that the USAF is operating several highly secret airplanes. Russia and several other nations are also involved in clandestine aircraft programmes on the very edge of workable technology.
These have attracted interest from outside the aviation community: the ‘X-files’ audience is convinced these craft use alien technology. The book is intended to appeal to this wider market, as well as our usual market of aircraft enthusiasts.
Secret Aircraft reveals the USAF’s classified (‘black’) aircraft programmes from the 1950s to the current activities in Nevada. It investigates British, Soviet and other secret aircraft projects and their missions, from spy-plane flights to incidents like the shooting down of the Korean airliner by Soviet fighters.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 1st Edition edition (2 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0004724615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0004724614
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''There's something black in the skies over Nevada.''

'X-Planes' investigates the highly secret world of spyplanes, advanced aircraft projects and the US Air Force's so-called 'black programs'. From the final days of World War II, when the Nazis planned to launch rockets on New York from submarines in the Atlantic, to aerial combat over the USSR in the 1950's and 60's, to the rumoured use of 'alien technology' by the USAF, David Oliver and Mike Ryan reveal what's really out there…

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David Oliver edited Air Forces Monthly for ten years and is the world expert on this.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
X-Planes provides a good overview of the many secret, lesser known aerospace projects that have been undertaken over the last 40ish years. The book looks at how these "secret" aircraft have been used where their designs originated and how the various technologies of manned and unmanned aircraft will be used in the future.
The book does not does not delve deep into the technical side of aircraft design but provides good insight into the reasons for the development of the aircraft as well as their performance and success in operation or not.
The book is complemented by good clear illustrations, photos and pictures of these aircraft.
In summary the book provides a more-or-less plain english overview of some interesting subjects that should appeal to aviation/military enthusiasts as well as the casual reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The future is here now! 7 May 2001
This book does not baffle you with any hardcore technical jargon. It paints a very graphic picture of the way future war planes are going. You feel like a young boy again looking at these amazing planes. You can almost see yourself flying in them during some futuristic movie.
A must for any aviation fans. This is your future.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Many other books deal with this better. 18 Aug 2014
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A bit lacking in detail on this subject.Many other books deal with this better.
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