USAF Jet Bombers

USAF Jet Bombers

David Baker

The story of America's bid to obtain atomic weapons and the aircraft that were developed to deliver them.
Date Published :
September 2021
Publisher :
Mortons Books
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781911639251
Pages : 132
Dimensions : 11.6 X 8.3 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


This is the story of America’s bid to obtain atomic weapons and the aircraft that were developed to deliver them, first tested in July 1945 and the subsequent use of uranium and plutonium bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively, an event that pushed Japan to total surrender and the end of the Second World War.

Tells the background story of the development of fission weapons, the science behind the engineering, and the colossal effort mobilised by the US, Britain, and Canada to put together what was, at the time, the world’s biggest and, at today’s cost of $320 billion, the most expensive scientific and weaponized research and development effort in history.

Throughout, this story is one of technology, propulsion, design, engineering, and operational deployment of the aircraft. It is not a book about missions, men, or operational activities.

About The Author

David Baker worked with NASA on the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programs between 1965 and 1990. He has written more than 100 books on space flight, aviation, and military technology and is the former editor of Jane’s Space Directory and Jane’s Aircraft Upgrades. In 1986, he was made a member of the International Academy of Astronautics by NASA manned flight boss George Mueller and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the US Air Force Association. He received the 1998 Rolls-Royce Award for Aerospace Journalist of the Year and in 2005 he was a recipient of the Arthur C Clarke Award. In October 2017, he received the American Astronautical Society’s Frederick I. Ordway III award “for a sustained excellence in space coverage, through books and articles, as well as engagement in the early US space program”. David is currently the editor of Spaceflight, the monthly space news magazine of the British Interplanetary Society, of which he is also a Fellow, a lecturer, and consultant.

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