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From Rainbow to Gusto; stealth and the design of the Lockheed Blackbird.


From Rainbow to Gusto; stealth and the design of the Lockheed Blackbird.

Suhler, Paul A.

Amer. Inst. of Aeronautics & Astronautics


284 pages



Library of flight


Suhler, a computer engineer in the data storage industry, describes the origins of stealth technology and how it was applied in the design of the world's fastest jet in the 1950s, the Lockheed A-12 Blackbird. Based on interviews and memoirs of the scientists and engineers involved, as well as recently declassified CIA documents and material from Lockheed and Convair, the book charts the evolution of the Blackbird through 12 different designs, illustrated with b&w photos and technical drawings, and describes the competition between Convair and Lockheed to achieve further developments. Engineering concepts are explained in terms accessible to general readers.

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Title Annotation:Library of flight
Publication:SciTech Book News
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Date:Dec 1, 2009
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