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.