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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #30 on: September 05, 2016, 04:04:20 am »
https://www.amazon.com/Hunter-Killers-Extraordinary-Maverick-Dangerous/dp/006237513X/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
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The blurb is wrong.  The first "Wild Weasels" were some RAF Typhoons which were equipped with radar detectors and went radar hunting in Normandy - they were not a success.

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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #31 on: September 05, 2016, 10:56:55 am »


Axis Suicide Squads
German and Japanese Secret Projects of the Second World War
Author - Justo Miranda
ISBN - 978-1-78155-565-1
Binding - Hardback
Extent - 288 pages
Illustrations - 126 mono
Publication - 27 October 2016

Still nothing on Fonthill so I preordered via Amazon. Seems to have an October 20 release date over there. Moderators - would it be possible for Justo's book to get its own topic?

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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #33 on: September 23, 2016, 05:27:17 am »
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Hopefully not mentioned elsewhere ;

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1911096753/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=AO3PW2Y5652W&coliid=IOJUJMYC29IEB

Vakhmistrov's Circus: Zveno Combined Aircraft - The Projects, Developments, Testing and Combat

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– 15 Dec 2016

The purpose of this publication is to provide readers with most complete history of combined aircraft designs created by Vladimir Vakhmistrov. The designer himself referred to his projects as Zveno Aircraft (where the Russian word Zveno stands for Chain link or Flight combat unit), adding the names of aircraft which were included in each configuration. Vakhmistrov was among the world s pioneers in devising and implementing the attachment of small fighters under heavy bombers. The larger aircraft were thus able to carry the smaller ones to the target area, whereas the fighters, in their turn, after the separation from their motherships , acted as guards for the slow-speed giants.

During the period from 1931 thru 1941, several configurations of this concept were created involving mass-produced TB-1 and TB-3 bombers, and I-4, I-5, I-Zet, and I-16 fighters, which were modified correspondingly in order to fit the task. Basing on Vakhmistrov's projects there were carried out the first in the world air connections of fighters under their bomber carriers. The most successful variant among all the created Zveno aircraft consisted of a four-engined Tupolev TB-3 bomber and two Polikarpov I-16 fighters attached under the bomber s wing. The fighters carried two 250-kg bombs each and acted as a high-speed dive bombers after disconnection from the carrier plane. Several such aircraft, referred to as Zveno-SPB, were used operationally during the war by the Black Sea Fleet Air Force. Initially, three TB-3s with AM-34RN engines were allocated for re-equipment into Zveno-SPB which were taken into service by the 2nd Special Squadron of the 32nd Fighter Regiment, 62nd Aviation Brigade of the Black Sea Fleet Air Force stationed in Eupatoria. The order to begin combat application of the 32nd Regiment's combined aircraft was given on 22 July 1941, while the first air raid on port structures in Romania, the German ally, was made on 26 July. More than thirty combat missions were carried out till October 1941, and became one of the most successful operations of the Soviet aviation during the Great Patriotic War. Meanwhile, Vakhmistrov had a large number of other interesting projects and many of them remained on the designer's drawing board. More than 20 years were spent by the author on the historical research of the subject in the Russian archives.

The book is extensively illustrated by the pictures from the author's archive, aircraft test reports, as well as specially prepared scale drawings and color side views.


Paperback: 144 pages

Publisher: Helion & Company Ltd (15 Dec. 2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1911096753

ISBN-13: 978-1911096757

Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 24.8 x 24.8 cm







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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #34 on: November 18, 2016, 07:56:54 am »


Axis Suicide Squads
German and Japanese Secret Projects of the Second World War
Author - Justo Miranda
ISBN - 978-1-78155-565-1
Binding - Hardback
Extent - 288 pages
Illustrations - 126 mono
Publication - 27 October 2016

Still nothing on Fonthill so I preordered via Amazon. Seems to have an October 20 release date over there. Moderators - would it be possible for Justo's book to get its own topic?

Any update on this Justo? My Amazon order's still "not yet dispatched"...

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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #35 on: November 18, 2016, 09:46:58 am »
Thanks for your order.
Fonthill has not yet advised on the final publication date

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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #36 on: November 18, 2016, 10:13:28 am »
Thanks for your order.
Fonthill has not yet advised on the final publication date

Thanks - looking forward to it!

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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #37 on: November 18, 2016, 10:48:21 am »
Samples

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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #38 on: November 18, 2016, 10:49:33 am »
Samples two

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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #39 on: November 19, 2016, 02:26:05 pm »
An Ohka with floats?? How bizarre!

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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #40 on: November 19, 2016, 02:35:06 pm »
A little bit off-topic, but that suicide motorboat reminds me of an earlier concept for a suicide motorboat, in 1937, that resulted in the three-point design that is still used today on racing hydroplanes:

"The modern three-point concept had had its origin when representatives of the Chinese government contracted with Ventnor for a fleet of high speed suicide boats. The Chinese wanted a hull that would travel in the area of 50 to 60 miles per hour and carry a 500-pound bomb in the bow. The driver would take this, ram an enemy ship, and blow it up.

Over a dozen of these crafts were built by Ventnor, a company that secondarily manufactured a line of water skis.

As production of the suicide boats got underway, a serious problem was encountered. The 20-foot rigs proved to be terribly erratic. At high speeds and in the corners, they tended to dig in and plow on account of all that weight in the bow.

Perplexed, Adolph and Arno Apel took a pair of Ventnor water skis and jury-rigged the skis with some two-by-fours on the sides of the boats with the hope of improving the riding characteristics. When they tested, they found that the skis came down, absorbed the weight, and greatly stabilized the boats.

The Apels then built these stabilizers right onto the outside of the hulls. This was the original basis for modern sponsons! The fact that Ventnor specialized not only in boats but also in water skis has to be one of the oddest quirks of the industry. It was these two elements coming together that created the three-point design that still dominates more than sixty years later.

As for the suicide boats, thirteen or fourteen of them were sent over to China, and no one seems to know what ever happened to them. As far as is known, they were never used in a war situation for the purpose that they were intended."

One of those suicide boats was never delivered and was modified to a highly-successful racing boat that started the trend to three-point hulls.

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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #42 on: January 07, 2017, 08:14:02 am »
Thanks for your order.
Fonthill has not yet advised on the final publication date

Any news on Axis Suicide Squads?

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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #43 on: January 07, 2017, 04:10:09 pm »
Yesterday Amazon.de cancelled my preorder.  :'( Today I saw the publication date 3rd July 2017 on Amazon.com. Damn, I just canīt wait!

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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #44 on: January 08, 2017, 01:02:08 am »
Yesterday Amazon.de cancelled my preorder.  :'( Today I saw the publication date 3rd July 2017 on Amazon.com. Damn, I just canīt wait!

Hope that's a real date, not just a placeholder!