SR - 71 BLACKBIRD : Lockheed's Mach 3 Hot Shot

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128 pages - 1988 - Good
Beautifully illustrated with such an amount of colour photographs, this excellent book depicts the SR - 71 Blackbird, a famous strategic reconnaissance aircraft.

Caractéristiques

Book cover finish Offset varnish, Perfect paperback 
Special features Dedicated copy, Reprinted Winter 1988
Condition Good
Number of pages 128
Published date 1988
Languages English
Collection / Series Osprey Colour Series
Size 21 x 27 x 1 cm
Author Paul F. Crickmore
Editor Osprey Publishing Limited

Description

First flown from Palmdale, California, on December 22nd, 1964, by Lockheed experimental test pilot Robert J. Gilliland, the SR - 71 strategic reconnaissance aircraft has captured the imagination of aviation professionals and enthusiast alike since the existence of " Senior Crown " - Strategic Air Command's codename for SR - 71 programme - was revealed by an electioneering President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 25th of that same year.

 

( ... ) SR - 71 BLACKBIRD - LOCKHEED'S Mach 3 Hot Shot is a follow - up to the author's hugely successful LOCKHEED SR - 71 BLACKBIRD ( ISBN 0 - 85045 - 653 - 3 ) in the Osprey Air Combat series, first published in October 1986. If you would like to know the full story of the SR - 71 and its predecessors this author's 200 - page Air Combat volume, illustrated with over 160 black and white photographs and 12 photographs in full colour, is without doubt the standard work on the subject. ( ... )

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Paul F. Crickmore

During his 13 years at the London Air Traffic Control Centre, Paul F. Crickmore gained his pilot's license and flew in KC - 135 tankers refueling fighter and bomber aircraft. Flying has shown him the full spectrum, supersonic in a R.A.F. Lightning, a four ship with the British Red Arrow team, D.A.C. with F - 16's, F - 4's low over the Nevada desert, and C - 130 transports. Rotor wing experience includes Blackhawks, HH - 53's, Wessexs, Gazelles, Wasps, Lynx and Army Chinooks. 


In October 1981, he was granted a special security clearance to fly in a KC - 135Q tanker during the operational refueling of an SR - 71 " Habu " from R.A.F. Mildenhall ( Suffolk, England ). This gave him a unique access into a world usually hidden from non - programme members. 


Since that flight, Paul F. Crickmore has written many articles and 13 books about military aviation matters, but his first love is as the recognized author extraordinaire on the SR - 71 and A - 12. His remarkable chronicling is recognized by the Blackbird community as the master documenter of the history, legacy and lore of these incredible programmes. 


( source : Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum )

À PROPOS DE CET EDITEUR
Osprey Publishing Limited
In the 1960's, the Brooke Bond Tea Company began including a series of military aircraft cards with packages of their tea. The cards proved popular, and the artist Richard " Dick " Ward proposed the idea of publishing illustrated books about military aircraft. The idea was approved and a small subsidiary company called Osprey was formed in 1968. The company’s first book, North American P - 51D Mustang in U.S.A.A.F. - U.S.A.F. Service, was published in 1969. Soon after, Richard " Dick " Ward proposed trying the same idea with famous military units, and in 1971, the first Men - at - Arms title appeared. In the late 1970's, the firm was acquired by George Philip Ltd. In 1988, Philip was acquired by Reed International ; it was sold to the private equity firm Botts & Company. During these years, the firm grew steadily, adding new titles and new series to their catalogue. Although they have produced books of all types, the main focus remains on military history, particularly the military history of Britain. Osprey Publishing now publishes an average of 10 - 12 books a month. In 2014, Osprey and its imprints were sold by Alcuin Capital Partners. Angry Robot, Nourish and Watkins went to Etan Ilfeld while Osprey, Shire, Old House and British Wildlife went to Bloomsbury Publishing. ( source : Wikipedia )
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