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This page contains B-52 Stratofortress books, new and used books for the B52 BomberClick Here is a list of books covering the USAF 's Oldest bomber in the Air Force inventory. The B-52 Stratofortress has been in service for over 40 years. The electronics have been upgraded, there have been other modifications but the basic aircraft has never been changed. Yet, the B-52 Stratofortress is still in front line service. One day I went to Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento and took a close look at the SAC B-52's. The interesting thing that I noticed is that the fuselage, just forward of the wing, was wrinkled with about twelve inch high waves in the skin. To me this was incredible, but after talking to a B-52 pilot, he told me that when the wings have a load on them all of the wrinkles come out. The airplane books listed in this book store are from amazonebooks and Historic Aviation books. Griffiss Air Force Base in honor of Lt. Col. Townsend Griffiss, the first aviator killed in World War II
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Air Force Base
Images of America
Bohannon, Prime & Rigg. This photo-essay explores the history of Barksdale Air Force Base from 1924 to the present. Images cover World War II, the Korean War, the skies over Vietnam, Cold War alerts, the sands of the Persian Gulf and today's War on Terrorism, showing you Louisiana's military marvel that presently boasts 7,000 residents and remains home to the B-52 bomber. 128 pages, 205 B&W photographs, 6"x 9", softcover.
Griffiss Air Force Base
Images of America
Leonard. This heavily illustrated volume examines the history of Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, New York, from the construction of the Rome Air Depot following the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor through its 1947 name change to Griffiss Air Force Base in honor of Lt. Col. Townsend Griffiss, the first aviator killed in World War II; its service as a B-52 base and aviation electronics development center; and its 1995 deactivation. 128 pages, 225 B&W photographs, 6"x 9", softcover.
The Story of the North American X-15
Jenkins & Landis. The X-15 proved it was possible to fly to space and back. In this history, you'll meet the pilots and program principals, see the B-52 carrier planes, examine the first pressure suits, explore mission simulators, and learn about the test locations. Includes full flight logs from original sources, system test programs, scientific experiments performed and more. 276 pages, 500 B&W and 50 color photographs, 100 drawings, 9"x 9", softcover.
The end of the Cold War created a golden opportunity for reducing the defense burden and providing taxpayers with a "Peace Dividend." For the United States Air Force, this resulted in drastic reductions: 23% in aircraft inventory, 30% in personnel, and 32% in the number of bases and other major installations. Well-known and long-serving aircraft, such as the A-7D/K, the B-52G, the F-4C/D/E, the F-111A/D, the FB-111A and the SR-71, have been withdrawn from active and reserve components, and some states, such as California, have lost nearly half of their Air Force bases. Illustrated with over 410 color photographs, this new book provides a rich pictorial record of aircraft (including old and new markings) and units which no longer exist, and offers a visual chronicle of organizational changes between 1988-1995. 144 pages, 8" x 11", hardcover.
M-4 and 3M
Red Star Vol. 11
The First Soviet Strategic Jet Bomber. Gordon. This is the story of the Soviet Union's first intercontinental jet bomber, known to the West as the Bison. The Soviet answer to the Boeing B-52, the nuclear-capable M-4 and the much-improved 3M remained in service for 40 years, and also served as the basis for the VM-T Atlant specialized cargo aircraft and for many projected derivatives including long-range airliners. 128 pgs., 200 B&W and 16 pgs. of color photos, 8"x 11", sfbd.
U.S. Air Power
Pustam. This photo-essay covering all of the major recent conflicts in which the U.S. has been involved - including both Gulf Wars, the Balkans and Afghanistan - looks at the B-2A, the B-1B and the B-52 as well as their air-to-surface weaponry, such as JDAM and JAASM. 72 pages, 100+ photographs with 16 pages in color, 7"x 10", softcover.
Air Force Aviation
A Military Photo Logbook, Volume 1
Jenkins. This heavily illustrated book featuring images captured by Air Force photographers documents Air Force aircraft including B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers; F-15, F-16 and F-22 fighters; T-6 and T-38 trainers; C-5, C-17 and C-130 transports; H-1 and H-60 helicopters; and others performing combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, humanitarian missions around the world, Red Flag and other training exercises, aerial refueling, aircraft and weapons testing, and maintenance operations. 120 pages, 346 color photographs, 9"x 9", softcover.
Bowman. This vivid pictorial record of the U.S. Air Force since the end of WWII focuses on the aircraft and the men who fly and service them. Featuring a wide range of aircraft types - from the lumbering C-47 transport to the F-86 early jet fighter, and from the B-52 intercontinental strategic bomber to the futuristic F-117 Stealth fighter - this thorough history includes images from USAF archives and from private collections. 176 pgs., 200+ color and B&W photos, 7"x 10", hdbd.
Development of the B-52 and Jet Propulsion
A Case Study in Organizational Innovation.
Mandeles. This book examines the introduction of jet propulsion into the B-52 Stratofortress bomber, showing you how the U.S. Air Force organized to learn and acquire new technology, conceive or identify problems, respond to program failures and errors, and more. 208 pages, 7"x 9", softcover.
Day We Lost the H-Bomb
Cold War, Hot Nukes, and the Worst Nuclear Weapons Disaster in History.
Moran. "Moran exhibits dogged research and an eye for detail." - The Washington Post. Through recently declassified information, this book examines the 1966 mid-air collision between a KC-135 tanker and a B-52G bomber carrying four hydrogen bombs off the coast of Spain. You'll read about the three bombs found on land near the small fishing village of Palomares and the frantic search for the fourth bomb. 336 pages, 6"x 9", hardcover.
Flying from the Black Hole: The B-52 Navigator-bombardiers of Vietnam (Hardcover)"
Flying from the Black Hole: The B-52 Navigator-bombardiers of Vietnam
U.S. Air Force navigators and bombardiers have long labored under the shadow of
pilots, their contributions misunderstood or simply unknown to the public. This
was especially the case with the B-52 non-pilot aircrews in the Vietnam War.
Yet, without them, it would have been impossible to execute nuclear war strike
plans or fly conventional bombing sorties. With this book, one of their own
reveals who these men were and what they did down in the Black Hole of the B-52
bomber. It is the only work to detail the B-52 air war in Vietnam from the
perspective of a navigator-bombardier. The book's opening thrusts the reader
into the thick of the war's climactic 1972 Hanoi Christmas bombing, an operation
so poorly planned that it nearly became a disaster of epic proportions. The
author then offers a history of the development of bombing techniques and the
evolution of bomber aircraft, focusing on the Vietnam-era B-52. Final chapters
return readers to the eleven-day Christmas War over Hanoi and Haiphong for an
insider's view of that defining battle, described by the author as the last
massed, heavy bomber raid the world will ever see. The author brings the book to
a close with a discussion of the B-52 and its capabilities in the twenty-first
B-47, B-52 and the Avro Vulcan
(Legends of the Air Series Vol 5)
Wilson. This book looks at the three major western bombers of the Cold War era - the Avro Vulcan, Boeing B-47 Stratojet and Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. Each one played a significant role in the "cat and mouse" nuclear deterrent age while two of them went on to achieve battle honors in more conventional conflicts. Only the seemingly ageless B-52 remains in service today. 160 pgs., 230 color and B&W photos plus 3-views and color profiles. 8 ¼" x 10 ¾", sfbd. The fifth volume in the Legends of the Air series, Vulcan, Boeing B-47 & B-52 examines in detail these three remarkable Cold War warriors which were aerodynamic pioneers of the era. It features around 70,000 words of text, hundreds of photographs, 48 specifically commissioned color sideview drawings, technical drawings, specification and production tables, and more.
There had certainly never before been an aircraft of the design concept of the Vulcan with its incredible delta wing, aptly named the 'tin triangle'. Meanwhile across the Atlantic, Boeing had forged ahead with the then black art of high speed swept wing high altitude bomber design that culminated in the B-47 Stratojet, an aircraft that hopefully would be able to outfly the Soviet fighters of the time.
Almost before the B-47 was fully operational though its successor, the incredibly long ranging eight engined B-52 was airborne and preparing to become one of the legendary aircraft of the modern era. In fact, on present plans, this multi war veteran should still be flying in 2030, three quarters of a century after the prototype appeared!
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Australian Aviation (June 1997)
B-52 : Stratofortress
Tony Thornborough, Peter E. Davies
Few airplanes have remained in active service as long as the B-52, which is slated to stay in operation through the turn of the century. Originally designed as a long-range nuclear bomber, the B-52 has seen service in Vietnam and the Gulf War, where its long range and massive bomb load were complemented by the ability to accommodate air-launched missiles. The authors provide several accounts from B-52 pilots and coverage of this magnificent airplane's design and continuing development. Two hunted photographs help document the Stratofortress' distinguished career.
Hardcover: 192 pages
Airpower: Bombers 1935-1960
Vintage Aviation Photographs from WWII, Korea and the Cold War
Cilio. In 1935, America's largest bombers could approach 200 miles per hour. By 1960, the Cold War B-58 could fly 1,320 mph - almost twice the speed of sound! This photo-history, which examines those bombers and everything in-between, is filled with rare archival images of heavy, medium and light types as well as dive-bombers and fighter-bombers.
You'll view the B-15, B-17, B-24, B-25, B-26, A-20, P-70, A-29, Dauntless, Helldiver, Avenger, B-29, Marauder, Skyraider, F-84, B-36, B-50, B-52, B-58 and more. 124 pages, 155 B&W photographs and illustrations, 11"x 8", softcover.
The Complete Story.
Pelletier. Founded in 1916, the name Boeing is inextricably linked with some of the greatest aircraft in history: The B-17 Flying Fortress, the 707, the revolutionary 747 "jumbo jet," and the massive B-52 bomber. This lavishly illustrated history of the "plane builder from Seattle" includes details of every aircraft type it has ever built along with data charts and informative text boxes. 256 pages, 510 color and B&W photographs and illustrations, 9"x 12", hardcover.
KC-135 and their derivatives, from Dash 80 to the E-8 J-Stars.
Breffort. This heavily illustrated book examines the development and operational history of the Boeing 707 - which took civil aviation from the piston engine era into the jet age - and its immediate predecessor, the KC-135, a flying fuel tank used for refueling the strategic B-52 bomber, from the Dash 80 prototype used for both aircraft through derivatives such as the E-8 Joint STARS. 212 pages, B&W and color photographs, 9"x 12", hardcover.
of Past Air Force Aircraft Multiyear Procurements :
With Implications for the B-52
Susan J. Bodilly
Paperback: 73 pages
Publisher: Rand Corp (January 1991)
The B-52s, B-1s and B-2s of Air Combat Command Logan. The U.S. is the only country in the world that is able to project power rapidly, precisely, and globally anywhere in the world. Its triad of bombers can provide both nuclear and conventional deterrent operations. Photos and history that also includes an in-depth look at the weapons, including the smart bombs and laser-guided weapons used in the Gulf War and Middle East. 256 pgs., 780 color photos, 40 line drawings, 8½"x 11", hdbd.
Strato Fortress at War
J. Ethell, J. Christy
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Encore Editions (May 1984)
-52 Stratofortress :
Boeing's Cold War Warrior
Robert F. Dorr, Lindsay Peacock
Tradition returns the cartoons and sexy ladies with names like "Memphis Belle" and "Maid in the USA" to the nose art on the B-52s, B-1Bs, BF-111s, F-16s and many others. Full-color photos of gorgeous gals and far-out artwork. A good comparison reference for the buff of WWII nose art. Hundreds of photos, 130 pgs., 8½"x 11", sfbd.
Modern nose art from such aircraft as B-1Bs, B-52s, F-111s, C-135s, KC-10s, fighters, etc. In most cases, the artwork has since been removed from the aircraft, making this book an important record for the model builder and historian. 450 photos, 128 pgs., 9"x 12", sfbd.
Stratofortress Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions
Reproductions of previously restricted U.S. Air Force manuals, the books in this 2-volume set present a fascinating look inside the cockpit of the B-52 Stratofortress, which flew more than 126,000 sorties during the Vietnam War, currently supports operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and is scheduled to remain in USAF service until 2040. You'll learn everything you need to know before entering the cockpit - just like the pilots who have flown the strategic bomber since 1955! 986 pages total, 8"x 11", B&W photographs and illustrations, softcover.
Stratofortress Units in Combat 1955-73
Combat Aircraft Vol. 43
Lake. This book follows the B-52 from its genesis through its first combat missions in 1965 and the brief but bloody Linebacker II offensive in late 1972. Even after the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam in 1973, B-52s remained in-theater, flying training missions mainly from Guam. This book outlines the aircraft's history and technology, and takes a close look at the men who flew it. 96 pages, B&W photographs and color profiles, 7"x 9", softcover.
B-52 Stratofortress Units in Operation Desert Storm
Combat Aircraft Vol. 50
Lake. The invasion of Kuwait by Iraq in August 1990 gave the B-52 the chance to prove its worth in the post-Cold War new world order, and Stratofortress crews flying the B-52G seized the opportunity with both hands. This book explains how, flying from bases in the Indian Ocean, Britain, Spain and Saudi Arabia, the B-52G was at the forefront of the campaign to free Kuwait of Saddam's forces. 96 pages, B&W photographs, color profiles and more. 7"x 9", softcover.
A World War II Fighter Ace's Adventurous Journey.
Johnson. This autobiography of Lt. Gen. Gerald Johnson reveals the unique experiences of a World War II triple ace who spent 13 difficult months in a German POW camp and went on to be become a three-star general in command of the Eighth Air Force during the Vietnam era. You'll learn of his exploits taking the P-47 Thunderbolt into combat with the 56th Fighter Group; of his experiences flying the F-84, the B-58 and the B-52; and of his days as a wing, division, and air force commander. 240 pages, B&W photographs, 6"x 9", hardcover.
A Documentary History Boyne. Here is the book that does justice to the story of the development and operational career of this legendary bomber. With over 200 photographs and drawings, and a comprehensive set of appendices, the book was derived almost entirely from primary sources - the men who designed, built, flew, maintained and improved the aircraft.
A Documentary History Walter J. Boyne
Stratofortress in Action
Katz. Trace the development and service of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress long-range strategic bomber from its development and first flight in 1952; through its USAF operations in Vietnam, the Cold War and the Gulf War; to its weapons, avionics and communications upgrades over the last 15 years. 88 pages, 190+ color and B&W photographs, color profiles and line drawings, and more. 11"x 8", softcover.
-52 : Aging Buffs, Youthful Crews
(Osprey Colour Series)
Rene J. Francillon, Peter B. Lewis
A complete look at the life of the B-52's. Photo's on every page.
Paperback: 128 pages
B -52 Overture :
The North Vietnamese Assault on Special Forces Camp A-242, Dak Pek (The Dell War Series)
This book covers the little-known activities at Dak Pek in an isolated corner of Vietnam which is inhabited by the Montagnards, the mountain tribes people who were exploited and hated by all Vietnamese. Dak Pek served as a base for US border operations into Laos. Dak Pek was targeted by the North Vietnamese and the Vietcong soldiers.
Mass Market Paperback
About the Author
-52 Stratofortess :
In Detail and Scale (Detail and Scale, Vol 27)
Alwyn T. Lloyd
This is a good book for the aircraft modeler.
Paperback: 72 pages
(Combat Aircraft Series)
From its inception at the dawn of the Cold War through its testing
over Southeast Asia and its extensive role in the Gulf War, the B-52 has
remained a steadfast bombing and reconnaissance platform. Complete development,
deployment and squadron histories, full technical specifications,
and never-before-published photographs make this the most thorough book
on the United States Air Force's premier combat aircraft.
Paperback: 48 pages
Jeffery L. Ethell
Paperback: 48 pages
Hardcover: 160 pages
B -52 Stratofortress
(Aero Series, Vol 34)
William Holder, Robert Woodside
The author, Bob Woodside (email@example.com) , May 5, 1998 A book for aviation enthusiasts, historians and crewmembers! The BUFF's operational utility will likely outlive some of its crews. A versatile aircraft design that has been flown in ways the designers never planned; modernized over more than four decades with state-of-the art systems. The evolution of this venerable warbird is told in text and photos that will bring back memories to those who flew one and those who dreamed. "You've got to tough to fly the heavies."
Paperback: 112 pages
Strangelove, I Presume? - and Other Stories
by Michael Foot
In May 1998, India resumed the underground testing of nuclear weapons. Pakistan responded with tests of its own, and all of a sudden the arms race was on again. Not that it ever stoppedChina, Israel, Iran, and Iraq have been pursuing weapons-building programs, and the ultimate horror of nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists draws ever near. In this book, Michael Foot looks back over 40 years of fighting the nuclear menace and surveys the world scene at the close of the 20th century as a warning of the continuing danger of building weapons of mass destruction.
Hardcover: 241 pages
Strangelove, Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
by Peter George
The most complete photo study available of the air war in the Gulf, covers every unit that participated including French, Italian, British, and Saudi. Photos of F-15s, F-4s, A-10s, B-52s, F-16s, F-14s, F-111s, F-117 Stealth, C5s, KC-10s, C-141s, C-130s, KC-135s, U-2/TR-1 and many others. 160 pgs., over 750 color photos, 9"x 12", sfbd
50 Aircraft that Changed the World
Dick & Patterson. This wonderfully illustrated book presents a close-up survey of 50 of the most remarkable and influential aircraft in history, including the Wright Brothers' 1905 Flyer, the Sopwith Camel, Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega, the Bf 109, the Boeing B-17, the De Havilland Mosquito, Howard Hughes' Lockheed Constellation, the Concorde, the Learjet, the B-52 and many others! 208 pages, 300 color and B&W photographs, 11"x 11", hardcover.
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
From the dark days of the Cold War, through Vietnam and in the Gulf, the B-52 has continued to hold the front line whilst being upgraded to deliver more modern weapons. Book covers the development and service of the B-52, with input from more than 40 veterans. Text boxes and appendices describe its equipment, weapons, mission profiles and notable achievements. 176 pgs., 150 B&W and 20 color photos, 9"x 11¼", hdbd.
- 52 Stratofortress in Action
(Aircraft, No 130)
The B-52, known by both its official name, Stratofortress, and by the acronym BUFF (meaning not printable here!), has been the airborne leg of the U.S. strategic triad for more than 40 years. Here is its history with 125 photos and several 3-view drawings. Covers Vietnam, the Gulf... even work for NASA. 58 pgs., 8 color profiles, 11"x 8¼", sfbd.
Stratofortress Walk Around
Drendel. Detailed photo essay of the B-52 Stratofortress includes action photography as well as modern color photos of the exterior and interior. Great source of detail for the modeler or history buff. 80 pgs., 200 color and B&W photos, 3-views, color profiles, cutaways, assembly drawings and more. 11"x 8¼", sfbd.
His career spanned the period from the 1930s to the 1970s, from stunt flight instructor, through his career with Bell Aircraft as test pilot. He tested Bell XS-1 and XP-59, B-47 and B-52, and finally the 707. It was Johnston who performed the famous barrel-roll in the 707 with President Eisenhower and the world press looking on. 61 photos, 304 pgs., sfbd.
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