By Bill Yenne
Convair Deltas: From SeaDart to Hustler tells the compelling tale of America's aerospace in its heyday, whilst brands boldly took the initiative to discover futuristic new designs via really construction and try flying airplanes to figure out how good they'd paintings, if in any respect. Convair led the best way during this sector with America's basically whole kin of delta-wing plane that integrated America's first delta-wing jet, the special XF-92 experimental prototype, the XF2Y-1 jet-powered seaplane, the XFY-1 Pogo turboprop vertical takeoff and touchdown fighter, the F-102 Delta Dagger and F-106 Delta Dart supersonic missile-firing interceptors, and the progressive record-breaking four-engine B-58 Hustler the world's first Mach 2 strategic bomber. famous aviation writer invoice Yenne completely records Convair's quest to beat the aerodynamic mysteries of the delta wing with tales of the dramatic struggles and technological breakthroughs that gave the area a few of its maximum fighter and bomber airplane.
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While successful, the take-offs have been described as "hairy" and dangerous. Each was perilously close to disaster; a sputtering engine would have dropped the aircraft into the ocean. Thanks to the intransigence of the Wing, the successes of the VP-56 Mediterranean cruise were forgotten 70 and the cruise became known in the seaplane community as the "Azores Fiasco". There were no further Marlin deployments to Europe. During 1956, VP-49 participated in the NATO exercises "Hourglass", "New Broom" and "Hunter-Killer".
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Convair Deltas: From Sea Dart to Hustler by Bill Yenne