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American Aerospace Archive - Mother Ships, Parasites and More: Bomber, XC Heavy Transport & FICON Studies

Greetings All,

After long delay, the fifth issue of The American Aerospace Archive is finally available:


In this bumper-size issue, we revisit the theme of early postwar strategic bomber development (originally covered in Issue 3) and introduces two new subjects: the USAF XC Heavy Transport and Parasite/Missile Carrier as well as selected Fighter-Conveyor (FICON) studies from the early 1950′s. A common thread throughout this issue is the parasite aircraft, a concept which intrigued the Air Force during this period before being made obsolete by advancements in in-flight refueling and other areas. Featuring hundreds of previously unpublished bomber, transport and parasite aircraft studies, this 204 page magazine is copiously illustrated with 258 drawings, artist’s impressions and photos, including 27 in color. Subjects covered include but are not limited to the following:

Bomber & Transport Studies:

Consolidated Vultee Heavy Bombardment Airplane, Gas Turbine Propelled proposal of 1945 (5 images)
Douglas Models 1042, 1067 & 1274 Tailless Delta Wing Transports/Airliners (3 images)
Douglas Model 1064 Tailless Delta Wing Bombers (11 images)
Douglas Model 1211-J Megapod/Snark Missile/Convair XF-92/Douglas XF4D-1 Carrier (8 images)
Douglas Model 1211R-45 through 1211X-55 Strategic Bombers—new detailed information
Lockheed L-191-3 “Team Bomber” (1 image)
Lockheed L-195 nuclear-powered strategic bombers (3 images)

XC Heavy Transport and Parasite/Missile Carrier Studies:

Boeing Model 497 XC Heavy Transport and Model 700-1 to -3 bomber/recon parasites (28 images)
Douglas Models 1240 XC Heavy Transport/1252 medium transport/XC-132 (the main feature—numerous variants, 141 images)
Douglas Models 1251/1251-A/1256 supersonic parasite bombers (14 images)
Lockheed L-168 transport, L-208 XC Heavy Transport, and L-209-5 parasite bomber (4 images)

FICON and other Parasite Aircraft Studies:

North American “Parasite Fighter” and RD-1461 medium bomber/carrier of 1947 (3 images)
Douglas Model 1126 medium bomber (MX-948)/Convair B-36 Fuel Transfer Study (2 images)
Douglas Model 1219 supersonic parasite bomber (2 images)
Douglas FICON studies—B-36 carrying F-80, F-86, F-84, XF-88, XF-90, F-94, F4D, F7U, X-3 parasites (34 images)
Douglas X-3 parasite studies (11 images)

The printed edition features high quality image reproduction on semi-gloss paper with perfect binding and stiffer cover stock than previous issues—more of a soft cover book than a typical magazine. Also available is a new PDF eBook version, which features a special 23 page legal size section reproducing many of the drawings from the main body of the magazine in an uninterrupted landscape format. For a full preview of the contents, please visit MagCloud, where you can also purchase the printed edition for $49.95. MagCloud now ships worldwide at a reasonable price, so all domestic and international readers should order their printed copies through there. The PDF eBook version is available for $16.95. We are working on making PDF eBook versions of our previous issues available in the near future.

If you have any questions, please let me know and I will do my best to respond here on the forum in a timely manner.

Best Regards,

Jared Zichek


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May 4, 2008
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Just downloaded my copy - I am just repeating the comments of everyone else, but i wanted to add my personal compliments. Very well done ;)


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Nov 26, 2008
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Thanks AeroFranz! For those who missed it, Issue 5 recently got a positive review on <a href="http://hyperscale.com/2011/reviews/books/aerospacearchive5bookreviewrb_1.htm">Hyperscale.com</a>. Links to a couple other reviews are on my <a href="http://aeroarchivepress.com/?page_id=122">site</a>. If you spot reviews of it elsewhere, please let me know - thanks!


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Sep 5, 2007
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Great!!! I was able to buy the digital issue number 4. The digital editions are a bless for me. I love the paper books but the shipping costs to Argentina are very expensive.

Great stuff Jared, very well done. BTW I think could be great if you make an edition with a higher resolution of drawings from your book: Secret Aerospace Projects of the U.S. Navy Vol. 1 1948-1949. I very interested in model some of this planes, specially the Fairchild m-121/128 but the drawings are small and very faint.