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New book available which may be of tangential interest to SPF members. Automotive history is filled with concepts which never left the drawing board, with early streamlined projects being among the more fascinating. This book presents ten of the most striking and unusual aerodynamic automobile studies of the interwar period. Subjects include a torpedo-like race car driven by periscope; advanced teardrop passenger cars; rocket-powered vehicles with wings; Harry Miller’s land speed record dream car; a three-wheel GP car inspired by racing aircraft; and a pair of huge and futuristic Nazi record vehicles. All of these concepts are brought to life in stunning full color CG reconstructions showing these remarkable vehicles from every angle.



Both automotive and aviation enthusiasts will find much to like in this book. The latter may be particularly interested in:
  • Three rocket-powered winged auto concepts designed by Max Valier and Alexander Lippisch
  • The Gee-Bee "Atlanta" three-wheel race car from the same company that produced the most iconic racing aircraft of the 1930s
  • A huge land speed record car drafted by Josef Mickl, an aeronautical engineer who worked for both the Oeffag and Ikarus aircraft companies

This softcover book features 102 pages packed with color illustrations; it can be purchased on Amazon.com and its international branches for $21.99, along with other major booksellers worldwide. A Kindle edition is available on Amazon and its subsidiaries for just $9.99, while forum members can purchase an EPUB version for just $8.99 from my shop on Gumroad.com, a savings of $1 off the regular price. Some sample spreads are shown below:




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Problem I have here is FaceFaq, they claim there is no need to join to view pages but when I try this, I get a popup stating I MUST jo9in to view more than the front page.  Social, or anti social media at its worst.  It is like having to join a forum to get microsoft support.
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Forthcoming books : 2017 ....
« Last post by ov-101 on February 15, 2017, 09:01:50 pm »
Also looking forward
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I have this book since a few weeks and it's indeed a revelation.
One of the best books I've read in months.
I particular loved the complete history of the Beverly but there'so much more in
this very complete work.

A must have !
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I got sent a review copy of Chris Gibson's latest book, On Atlas' Shoulders: RAF Transport Aircraft Projects Since 1945.

After the previous Crecy books Vulcan's Hammer, Battle Flight and Nimrod' Genesis, Chris, Adrian and the rest of the team at Crecy have a well-oiled machine going now. Layout is great, all the drawings are painstakingly redrawn by Chris for consistency, and quality of production and printing is first class.

On Atlas's Shoulders follows the same pattern as Chris's previous books in weaving a consistent story from a specific class of aircraft and the RAF's unsuccessful (and successful) attempts to acquire them through various operational requirements.  Chris has a knack for taking specific technical aspects that are important to understanding a class of aircraft and explaining them with clear diagrams and explanations to the layman. Coming to this book I was not very familiar with transport aircraft, and I felt that reading this book gave me a new appreciation for the engineering challenges presented.

The book reads very well. In common with Tony Buttler's British Secret Projects books, the chapters are arranged by the various transport requirements the RAF issued over time and are anchored by the well-preserved operational requirements files kept at The National Archives. Painstaking research has uncovered details of the various submitted designs for each requirement, and Chris weaves them into a coherent story with panache.

As Chris would be able to tell you, I have an unfortunate bias towards fighter aircraft, and I might not have bought this book for myself. I would have missed out on a very interesting read.

Highly recommended to anyone interested in Transport aircraft, the RAF or unbuilt projects in general.
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The merger between SE and SO into Sud happened during the life of the Trident (1 March 1957) The last known flight of a Trident occured on 6 october 1958

JCC
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considering that Sud was pushed off military aircraft there was no opportunity to apply anything learned on the Trident on further designs. However in project management, I understand that Sud had located the design office in prefab modules inside the hall where the aircraft prototypes were built, this could have been applied in any other project development be it civilian airliners or military fighters.
JCC

Thanks for explanation, JCC!
Perhaps, the fact of accomplishing such complex project became (also indirect) a sign of growing capabilities of French aircraft industry?
As far as I understand nearly after the Trident program' cancellation Sud Ouest merged with SNCASE and Sud Aviation appears?
And, such transition from pre-war variety of companies to bigger one's has been a "request of the time"?

I should say, that Trident remains to me one of most distinctive examples of aircraft!
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Thanks flateric for the link.

Unfortunately the link to some of the drawings are broken.

best

F_T
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considering that Sud was pushed off military aircraft there was no opportunity to apply anything learned on the Trident on further designs. However in project management, I understand that Sud had located the design office in prefab modules inside the hall where the aircraft prototypes were built, this could have been applied in any other project development be it civilian airliners or military fighters.

JCC
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