Flying Wings and Radical Things

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Tony Chong
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Hardback, 276 Pages, 10X10, 70 color, 369 b/w Illustrations
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Provided by: Specialty Press
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When I was offered the opportunity to review this book I was so excited as I have always been fascinated by John K. "Jack" Northrop and his designs.

The book arrived and I was immediately impressive with its size, quality and content! It was a joy just to have and flick thro as the pictures and drawings are fantastic.

The book explores the whole history of the company and the may designs both paper and actually produced aircraft. The book is writing in a way that it draws you in and without being to technical gives you a great overview of the aircraft and the company’s ups and downs. I was both entertained and taught a lot while reading the book. I cannot recommend this book enough; I could not put it down and finished the whole book in under a week!

The pictures and drawings of the many aircraft design just make you want to build conversions and scratch builds as they are so radical and eye catching! I am going to try to build a few of the concepts when I have time!

As I have said I whole heartily recommend this book to everyone with an interest in aircraft, it is so well writing and annotated! I do so hope that the author Tony Chong does similar books on other aircraft design companies as I will be the first to go buy them!

My last word on this is go get this book!!!

Thanks go to Specialty Press for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

This book unveils Northrop's once-secret radical designs, many for the first time, with never-before-published drawings, models, and photos of such novel concepts as a ship-based vertical take-off and landing fighter, a supersonic intercontinental cruise missile, a rocket-boosted jet spaceplane trainer, and a radical combination truck/aircraft/boat cargo vehicle. Much of this material has only recently been declassified.

Here for the first time is the untold story of Northrop's rare, unique, and formerly super-secret aircraft and spacecraft of the future. Featuring stunning original factory artwork, technical drawings, and never-before-seen photographs, this book shows an amazing array of radical high-performance aircraft concepts from Jack Northrop and his team of brilliant and innovative engineers.


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