This visually rich volume provides an in-depth history of supersonic bomber aircraft developed by the United States from the 1940s through 1960s. Through archival photography, detailed cutaway artwork, and insightful analysis, it profiles the most influential programs that pushed the boundaries of aviation technology in the quest for strategic military dominance.
The book chronicles the origins of supersonic bomber development in the post-World War II era, when advances in jet propulsion enabled higher speeds and altitudes. Early experimental aircraft like the XB-51 set speed records that drove further innovation. The B-58 Hustler became the first operational supersonic bomber in 1960.
Detailed chapters profile famous programs like the B-47 Stratojet, B-58, XB-70 Valkyrie, and Lockheed’s Advanced Development Projects, including exotic designs by Kelly Johnson. The dramatic race between rival manufacturers Boeing and Convair for supersonic dominance is recounted with historical insights.
With over 300 archival photos, color profiles, and cutaway artwork, this visual history book documents the sweeping evolution of American supersonic bomber technology. Volume 1 provides the foundations on pioneering jet-age programs that pushed the limits of speed, altitude, and technological innovation in their era.
US Supersonic Bomber Projects – Volume 1
English | 140 pages | PDF | 84 MB