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 quarter fifty one, we predict of extraterrestrial beings, UFOs, and debatable govt cover-ups. It's effortless to fail to remember that, because the mid-1950s, the United States' famed extension of Edwards Air strength Base has served as a top-secret CIA trying out floor for plenty of of the main groundbreaking developments in American army aviation know-how. In Area fifty one - Black Jets, writer and armed forces historian Bill Yenne deals the 1st totally illustrated chronology of region 51's most renowned plane tasks, 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 common Atomics MQ-1 Predator, and the well-known F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter produced by way of the Have Blue application in the course of the Seventies. every one venture is given its personal interesting bankruptcy illuminating the aircraft's improvement at this famed position. yet past the airplane themselves, Area fifty one - Black Jets additionally covers a handful of the numerous categorized experimental courses conducted at region fifty one through the years, akin to Have Doughnut, Have Ferry, and Have Drill - mystery undertakings that effectively reverse-engineered such enemy plane because the Russian MiG through the chilly warfare. provided in attractive hardcover structure and illustrated with ancient colour and black-and-white images, diagrams, and maps, this publication finds sector fifty one for what it really is: a clandestine region for the United States' such a lot state of the art technological innovators in army aviation.

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