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Early Jet Bombers, 1944–1954 (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

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By Leo Marriott
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Series: Images of War
Pages: 157
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781526753892
Published: 23rd October 2019


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In a companion volume to his Early Jet Fighters: British and American 1944-1954, Leo Marriott describes, using over 200 archive photographs, the first decade in the development of the jet bomber. This was a time of intense technical innovation which transformed the design and capabilities of the bomber and gave birth to a range of classic military aircraft in the USA, Great Britain, France and the Soviet Union. The photographs take the story from the earliest jet bombers constructed in Germany towards the end of the Second World War to the successful designs both sides depended on through the first phase of the Cold War.

The pace of development was rapid and remarkable, from initial prototypes built in Germany – the Arado 234 and the Junkers Ju. 287 – to the fleets of advanced jet bombers like the British Canberra and V-bombers, the American B-47 and B-52 and the Soviet Il-28 Beagle and Tu-16 Badger. The images of the prototypes give a fascinating insight into the extraordinary technical challenges and the ambition and inventiveness of the designers and manufacturers who overcame them.

Leo Marriott’s vivid selection of photographs and his lucid historical narrative offer the reader an overview of a dynamic stage in the evolution of the design of military aircraft.

A useful reference book depicting the shift from the prop to the jet age in warfare.

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A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer

This book is an excellent book, it compliments similar books written by the author. The book explains the scene very well about bombers, and the rest of the book is nicely split into chapters that cover Britain, France, United States, Germany and Russia. Along with each section we are given a short introduction into the planes in each chapter on how they were developed and accompanied by some excellent photos.

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UK Historian

This was an enjoyable and informative foray into the trials and tribulations of early jet bomber design and implementation.

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Donna's Book Blog

This title as part of the Images at War series has some exceptional photographs as you would expect of a book in the Images at War series, but this book really comes into its own when you take the time to absorb the information provided in the captions. There is a wealth of information provided here that makes the photographs so much more valuable than they would be on their own.

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This is a fine companion to the author's earlier book in this series covering the Early Jet Fighters. This time he turns his attentions to the bombers, many of these early designs benefitting from German wartime research. Large bombers are generally gone from use in use by major air forces these days, though just a few exceptions, such as the B-52.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

About Leo Marriott

Leo Marriott has written numerous books on aviation, naval and military subjects including Treaty Cruisers, Catapult Aircraft, Jets at Sea, Early Jet Fighters: British and American 1944-1954 and Early Jet Bombers 1944-1954. He is now retired after a fifty-year career as an air traffic controller but still maintains his pilot’s licence flying a syndicate-owned Cessna 172. Apart from aviation and naval history, his other interests include sailing, photography and painting.

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