We are thrilled to welcome Crécy Publishing as one of our newest distribution clients! Established in 1997, Crécy Publishing is one of Europe’s leading publishers of transport and military history titles, with a strong emphasis on aviation. We’re excited to be distributing many of their wonderful series and imprints.
At the very edge of the atmosphere, invisible against the deep indigo sky, lurks a spy plane so sophisticated that it replaced the SR-71 Blackbird some 30 years ago. Its flat black shark-like skin deflects and absorbs all but the most advanced radars, leaving it to roam undetected while silently gathering detailed intelligence. The U-2 Dragon Lady, in its various forms, has been in continuous military service for over six decades. Rick Bishop, a former U-2 pilot, takes the reader deep into the Black World of ‘air-breathing’ (non-satellite) reconnaissance, with a revealing and detailed account of the trials and challenges of flying a machine widely acknowledged as “the most dangerous aircraft in the world.”
Developed in the mid-1950s by the U.S. military and operated by NASA between 1959 and 1968, the X-15s were the first rocket-powered hypersonic research aircraft. They made 199 flights and reached speeds in excess of 4,000 mph and altitudes above 270,000 ft, considered to be beyond the atmosphere and into the vacuum of space. The book begins with a description of the X-series aircraft research program started in the latter stages of the Second World War, successfully pushing through the sound barrier for the first time in 1947.
In the years after the Second World War, aircraft optimised for various kinds of special missions began assuming ever-greater importance in the inventories of the world’s leading air forces. The Soviet Union was no exception – numerous special mission versions of Soviet military fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters were developed and fielded, and the process is continuing in modern Russia. Some of them have seen action in various armed conflicts, including the Afghan War, the Chechen Wars and, most recently, the Syrian War.
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