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Alfred Coppel, Thirty-four East, 1974


Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided.


Guevara Class Guided Missile Destroyer (Fictional)
Nuclear Powered
Speed: 50 knots
Described as having "...a low, clean profile and flared bow, she hugged the water to make radar detection difficult."
Gun Armament: "...some forty-millimeter guns mounted on the bridge." (Russians do not use 40mm guns.)
Missile Armament: SAMs and SSMs (Launchers are concealed below decks and only raised above deck to fire.)
Note: Specifically identified as the third member of the class (Lead ship is presumably named either Guevara or Che Guevara, this is not however specified in the text.). The small gun armament is the result of a need to keep the ships weight down.

Juan Bosch
Guevara Class Guided Missile Destroyer (Fictional)
Details as per the Allende

Note: The members of the Guevara Class are all named after South American revolutionary leaders. Like the real world Mod-Kashins, their function  is to serve as 'tattletails' following the US carrier groups at the edge of radar range. In the event of hostilities, they will call down a strike on the carrier group and then fire every SSM they are armed with at the carrier before retreating at high speed.

Ballistic Missile Submarine of unspecified class.
No other details provided

United States

USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.
Air group in this novel includes Spectre fighter-bombers.

For the aircraft mavens, some fictional US aircraft.

VTOL Fighter Aircraft
Mach 3 Capable
No other details.

Nuclear capable
No other details.

Plot summary: It is the day after tomorrow (and somewhat off to one side...), following the Yom Kippour War, the superpowers have faced each other across the line of 34 East running down the Sinai peninsula. As the US and Russian governments move to renew the treaty, Chinese backed terrorists strike, creating a situation that leads to the brink of World War III. 

Note: The author does not provide any specific dating information beyond the presence of the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) which means the events depicted cannot take place before May of 1975 when the Nimitz commissioned. While the novel only covers a few days, the events the events in question are most likely taking place somewhere between 1975 - 1990. The author wrote that he started work on this novel in 1967 shortly after the Six-Day War, and when the Yom Kippour War occurred used it to replace a fictional conflict he had created for the purpose of the novel. This write-up was based on the Readers Digest edition of the novel. Should I locate a copy of the actual novel I will revisit this post.
Designation Systems / Re: Messerschmitt Designations until 1945
« Last post by hesham on Today at 04:34:58 am »

for saying the P.1116 was not existed,I suspect in that,because the first Messerschmitt
Project after WWII was P.1118,that meant there was a series until P.1117 at least.
Early Aircraft Projects / Me P1099
« Last post by sgeorges4 on Today at 04:33:53 am »
Something interesting from J-C Mermet:
Early Aircraft Projects / Re: CMASA J.S.54 flying boat
« Last post by hesham on Today at 04:32:25 am »
I hope to get more Info about it.
The Reanimator comes again...
the report says:
"Two typical missions for the tactical fighter can be used to
illustrate the effect of drag increase on mission range (Fig. 3).
The aircraft must be able to fly at the supersonic speeds required
for the intercept mission. However, a major requirement
is the tactical support mission flown at subsonic speeds
under nonafterburning conditions."

This is VFAX, definitively.
Yes it's VG. Sorry. Just a question, are the two photos shots of the same model?
Are we sure that this is a serious model?
It looks rather like some whatif modeller took apart a F-111 and re-assembled the central fuselage upside down.
Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Mirage IIIK
« Last post by dan_inbox on Today at 02:15:18 am »
There is some fanboy's fanfic on this subject at
Quote from: The Empire's Twilight Wiki
BAC/Dassault Mirage IIIK
The BAC/Dassault Mirage FAW.1 (known as Mirage IIIK to Dassault) was an all weather fighter operated by the RAF and Royal Navy. It was developed by BAC from Dassault's proven Mirage III family of aircraft.

Early Aircraft Projects / Re: Blohm&Voss P.214
« Last post by dan_inbox on Today at 01:43:36 am »
in English at least, "torpedo" originally referred to an explosive charge or naval mine. Hence, the "Bangalore torpedo" that sapper's use for clearing wire obstacles and mine fields (what we think of as a torpedo these days was at first called an "automotive torpedo" or "fish torpedo").
AFAIK, the early naval torpedoes were not self-propelled, but fixed at the end of a spar at the bow of the attacking torpedo-ram ship, which would try to ram it through the side of its target and detonate the explosives.
Designation Systems / Re: SNECMA engines list
« Last post by Archibald on Today at 01:22:57 am »
Snecma : les débuts difficiles de la coopération internationale (1965-1972)

L’abandon en 1960 du réacteur M26/M284
 Super Atar développé entre
1955 et 1958 pour propulser à Mach 3 le
« Super Griffon » (programme arrêté) prive le
motoriste d’un réacteur militaire puissant

A l’autre bout de la chaîne des produits, la
SNECMA, à la demande du ministère de l’Air
en 1961, lance l’étude d’un réacteur léger
capable de fonctionner horizontalement et
verticalement, l’expérience du « Coléoptère »
ayant démontré la faisabilité de cette solution.
Le M36 présenté en 1962 est compact et ultraléger
(180 kg) et délivre 2 000 kg de poussée.

En 1962, d’autres études démarrant pour
Dassault (programme ADAV), la SNECMA
engage les programmes M36 SF à tuyère

le M41 A à simple flux, le M41
à double flux et le M41-Z0M2 (altitude zéro
mètre vitesse Mach 2) délivrant 3 000 kg de

Aucun de ces projets n’aboutit, les
Services techniques de l’aéronautique ayant
fait le choix d’une autre solution, que l’on
retrouvera sur le Dassault « Balzac »

dont le JT-11 B3, la version civile du J-58 (le
plus puissant réacteur militaire du moment) a
le potentiel requis. Le projet de réacteur civil
franco-américain SNECMA-Pratt & Whitney
prend le nom M35

avec Bristol-Siddeley (12 réacteurs
prototypes M-45 vendus)

Les développements basés
sur un corps hautes pressions de l’ATAR ont

 L’étude du réacteur de dix tonnes
désigné M56 piétine.

En 1965, la SNECMA commence l’étude
d’un petit réacteur double flux d’une tonne de
poussée destiné aux avions d’affaire et de
liaison dont le Dassault « Mystère » 20 (deux
réacteurs GE CF-700) constitue l’archétype.
Le moteur est désigné M49.
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