Area 51 - Black Jets: A History of the Aircraft Developed at by Bill Yenne

By Bill Yenne

Area 51's most crucial army aviation advancements are profiled in an illustrated format.

When such a lot folks contemplate region fifty one, we expect of extraterrestrial beings, UFOs, and arguable govt cover-ups. It's effortless to overlook that, because the mid-1950s, the United States' famed extension of Edwards Air strength Base has served as a top-secret CIA checking out flooring for lots of of the main groundbreaking developments in American army aviation know-how. In Area fifty one - Black Jets, writer and army historian Bill Yenne deals the 1st absolutely illustrated chronology of zone 51's most renowned airplane initiatives, together with Lockheed's U-2 "Dragon Lady" and SR-71 "Blackbird" reconnaissance planes, drones starting from the early Lockheed D-21 to the modern day basic Atomics MQ-1 Predator, and the well-known F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter produced by way of the Have Blue application through the Nineteen Seventies. each one venture is given its personal interesting bankruptcy illuminating the aircraft's improvement at this famed situation. yet past the plane themselves, Area fifty one - Black Jets additionally covers a handful of the numerous labeled experimental courses conducted at sector fifty one through the years, corresponding to Have Doughnut, Have Ferry, and Have Drill - mystery undertakings that effectively reverse-engineered such enemy airplane because the Russian MiG in the course of the chilly warfare. awarded in attractive hardcover structure and illustrated with historical colour and black-and-white images, diagrams, and maps, this e-book finds quarter fifty one for what it really is: a clandestine region for the United States' so much state-of-the-art technological innovators in army aviation.

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The crisis passed without the expected violent confrontation, but undoubtedly the mar­gin was close as the Soviet Union backed down and lifted the blockade the next year after the allies demonstrated their determination and ability to supply the city of Berlin. The next year, 1949, 15 nations formed the alliance called the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), subsequently enlarged to in­clude Greece and Turkey. In China the Chinese Communist Armies overran the entire Chinese mainland, forcing the withdrawal of the Chinese Nationalist forces to the island of Formosa (Taiwan).

Overlapping air surveillance and early warning networks began to appear in some regions of the Soviet Union during this period. Priority to these regions limited coverage capabili­ ties in others. Large numbers of manned interceptors enabled the employment of barrier patrols to provide some warning and limited engagement capabilities for these regions in good weather. Visual observers also continued active even as overall radar warning capabilities grew. The experience of the Korean War also showed the Soviets the increased importance of a first attack by jet fighters.

CONAD, after two years, was overhauled. , SAMs replacing guns with vastly superior performance capabilities in terms of range, maneuver, and kill probability). USAF controllers were not taking advantage of, or avoided use of, Army weapon capabilities and tended to rely on the fighter/interceptor. The identifica­ tion issue plagued the CONAD components. There was a lack of confidence in the exist­ing procedures and system and a mutually satisfactory and understood agreement, and doctrine on identification.

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