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Warbird Tech

Warbird Tech is a series of books designed for the layman, looking at various military aircraft from a technical point of view. Special emphasis is placed on the design and performance aspects of the aircraft and detailed technical specifications are included. Relatively little space is devoted to operational or combat use of the subject aircraft. However, much use is made of excerpts from official technical manuals for the aircraft.

The text is written in a clear and informative manner. The history of the aircraft is described with a strong emphasis on the technical aspects. Modifications, variants and experimental prototypes are well covered. Aircraft systems, the cockpit or crew positions, the undercarriage, engines, weapons etc. are fully described and illustrated.

Each book is generously illustrated with black and white photographs and line drawings of each variant. Also included are cutaways, exploded views and technical-manual drawings. The photographs are not just of in-service aircraft, but also include aircraft on the production line, and during depot-level repair, revealing the internal structure of the aircraft.

From 2001 some of the first 10 issues have been republished in a second edition with 4 more pages and more colour photos.

Publisher: Specialty Press, USA Language: English
100-108 pages, Softback, 10.8 x 8.3 inches, 160-250 photos, 4-8 pages of colour photos.


Quick jump: 1 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40


'Volume 1 - Consolidated B-24 Liberator'
by Frederick A. Johnsen
[ISBN 0 93342 464 7, First published: 1 July 1996]

Includes PB4Y Privateer and C-87. Different turret installations. 100 pages. Revised edition: Oct 2001, ISBN 1 58007 054 X, 104 pages.

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'Volume 2 - Lockheed P-38 Lightning'
by Frederick A. Johnsen
[ISBN 0 93342 465 5, First published: 9 Oct 1996]

Covers all versions including droop-snoot and photo recon models. 100 pages.

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'Volume 3 - North American F-86 Sabre Jet Day Fighters'
by David Menard
[ISBN 0 93342 466 3, First published: 9 Oct 1996]

Covers F-86A, E, F and H models. Includes photo recon aircraft. 100 pages.

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'Volume 4 - Vought F4U Corsair'
by Barrett Tillman
[ISBN 0 93342 467 1, First published: 9 Oct 1996]

Includes F2G and air racers. 100 pages. Revised edition: July 2001, ISBN 1 58007 053 1, 104 pages.

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'Volume 5 - North American P-51 Mustang'
by Frederick A. Johnsen
[ISBN 0 93342 468 X, First published: 1 Oct 1997]

Covers all versions, including A-36 and F-82 Twin Mustang. Air racing use. 100 pages.

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'Volume 6 - Messerschmitt Me 262 Sturmvogel'
by Dennis R. Jenkins
[ISBN 0 93342 469 8, First published: 15 Oct 1996]

Covers all versions including night fighter. 100 pages. Revised edition: ISBN 1 58007 059 0, Includes modern reproduction aircraft. 108 pages.

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'Volume 7 - Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress'
by Frederick A. Johnsen
[ISBN 0 93342 470 1, First published: 12 Dec 1996]

Covers all versions, including different turret installations. 100 pages. Revised edition: ISBN 1 58007 052 3, 104 pages.

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'Volume 8 - McDonnell Douglas F-4 Gun Nosed Phantoms'
by Kris Hughes & Walter Dranem
[ISBN 0 93342 471 X, First published: 12 Dec 1996]

Concentrates on F-4E variant. 100 pages.

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'Volume 9 - McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle'
by Dennis R. Jenkins
[ISBN 0 93342 472 8, First published: May 1997]

Includes Streak Eagle and thrust-vectoring experimental version. 100 pages.

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'Volume 10 - Lockheed SR-71/YF-12 Blackbirds'
by Dennis R. Jenkins
[ISBN 0 93342 475 2, First published: 1 Sept 1997]

Covers A-12, YF-12, SR-71, D-21 and M-21. 100 pages. Revised edition: Feb 2005, ISBN 1 58007 086 8, by 'Tony R. Landis & Dennis R. Jenkins', 104 pages.

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'Volume 11 - North American NA-16/AT-6/SNJ'
by Dan Hagedorn
[ISBN 0 93342 476 0, First published: 29 April 1997]

Covers all versions derived from the NA-16. Includes NA-18, foreign use, weapons carried. 100 pages

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'Volume 12 - North American B-25 Mitchell'
by Frederick A. Johnsen
[ISBN 0 93342 477 9, First published: 1 Nov 1997]

Covers all versions. Includes Tokyo raiders and gun turret details. 100 pages.

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'Volume 13 - Douglas A-1 Skyraider'
by Kris Hughes & Walter Dranem
[ISBN 0 93342 478 7, First published: 29 April 1997]

Covers all versions. Full details of armament carried. Revised edition: ISBN 1 58007 066 3, by 'Larry Davis & Dave Menard', 104 pages.

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'Volume 14 - Boeing B-29 Superfortress'
by Peter M. Bowers
[ISBN 0 93342 479 5, First published: June 1999]

Includes prototypes and experimentals, combat in WW2 and Korea, tanker versions. 100 pages.

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'Volume 15 - Northrop P-61 Black Widow'
by Warren E. Thompson
[ISBN 0 93342 480 9, First published: Jan 1998]

Covers all versions. 100 pages.

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'Volume 16 - Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady'
by Dennis R. Jenkins
[ISBN 1 58007 009 4, First published: 16 June 1998]

Covers all variants of U-2 and TR-1. 100 pages.

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'Volume 17 - Bell P-39/P-63 Airacobra & Kingcobra'
by Frederick A. Johnsen
[ISBN 1 58007 010 8, First published: 16 June 1998]

Covers all variants of P-39 & P-63. Russian export use. 100 pages.

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'Volume 18 - Republic F-105 Thunderchief'
by Larry Davis & David Menard
[ISBN 1 58007 011 6, First published: 24 Jan 1999]

Covers all versions, including Wild Weasel, and Vietnam combat experience. 100 pages.

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'Volume 19 - Boeing North American B-1 Lancer'
by Steve Pace
[ISBN 1 58007 012 4, First published: 15 Dec 1998]

Includes B-1A prototypes and B-1B. 100 pages.

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'Volume 20 - Fairchild-Republic A/OA-10 Warthog'
by Dennis R. Jenkins
[ISBN 1 58007 013 2, First published: 8 Jan 1999]

Includes 2-seater version, battle damage photos. 100 pages.

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'Volume 21 - Boeing/BAe Harrier'
by Dennis R. Jenkins
[ISBN 1 58007 014 0, First published: 8 Jan 1999]

Includes Kestrel, Harrier, AV-8A, AV-8B, Sea Harrier. 100 pages.

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'Volume 22 - Douglas A-26 Invader'
by Frederick A. Johnsen
[ISBN 1 58007 016 7, First published: 8 June 1999]

Includes fire-bombers and executive transport conversions, and service in Korea and Vietnam. 100 pages.

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'Volume 23 - Republic P-47 Thunderbolt'
by Frederick A. Johnsen
[ISBN 1 58007 018 3, First published: 1 July 1999]

Covers all variants. 100 pages.

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'Volume 24 - Convair B-36 "Peacemaker"'
by Dennis R. Jenkins
[ISBN 1 58007 019 1, First published: 26 Aug 1999]

Includes YB-60 and XC-99. Armament details. 96 pages. Revised edition: April 2002, ISBN 1 58007 060 4, 108 pages.

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'Volume 25 - Lockheed Martin F-117 Nighthawk'
by Dennis R. Jenkins
[ISBN 1 58007 020 5, First published: 24 Sept 1999]

Includes Have Blue, and advanced derivatives. 100 pages.

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'Volume 26 - Royal Air Force Avro Vulcan'
by Kev Darling
[ISBN 1 58007 023 X, First published: 9 Dec 1999]

Covers the RAF Avro Vulcan at war, Vulcan tankers, Blue Steel and Skybolt, it presents information on the development of the V force, details of the B.1 and B.2, and subscale aerodynamic testbeds. 100 pages.

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'Volume 27 - Lockheed AH-56A Cheyenne'
by Tony Landis & Dennis R. Jenkins
[ISBN 1 58007 027 2, First published: April 2000]

Full details of development and test programme. 100 pages.

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'Volume 28 - English Electric Lightning'
by Kev Darling
[ISBN 1 58007 028 0, First published: Aug 2000]

Covers all variants. Includes Middle East operators. 100 pages.

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'Volume 29 - Martin B-26 Marauder'
by Frederick A. Johnsen
[ISBN 1 58007 029 9, First published: 16 Oct 2000]

Covers all variants, including AT-23 and Navy use. 100 pages.

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'Volume 30 - Boeing C-17 Globemaster III'
by Bill Norton
[ISBN 1 58007 040 X, First published: 18 June 2001]

Includes development and testing, humanitarian airlift missions. 104 pages.

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'Volume 31 - Boeing F/A-18 Hornet'
by Brad Elward
[ISBN 1 58007 041 8, First published: 31 Jan 2002]

Covers all variants. 100 pages.

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'Volume 32 - Griffon-Powered Spitfires'
by Kev Darling
[ISBN 1 58007 045 0, First published: 31 Jan 2002]

Includes PR Spitfires, the Seafire and Spiteful. 100 pages.

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'Volume 33 - Grumman A-6 Intruder'
by Dennis R. Jenkins
[ISBN 1 58007 050 7, First published: 12 April 2002]

Covers A-6A to A-6F and KA-6D tankers. TRIM and TRAM sensor fits. 100 pages. (Publicity cover scans have an incorrect volume number!).

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'Volume 34 - North American XB-70A Valkyrie'
by Dennis R. Jenkins & Tony Landis
[ISBN 1 58007 056 6, First published: 12 April 2002]

Includes construction and flight testing. SST research. 104 pages.

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'Volume 35 - Merlin-Powered Spitfires'
by Kev Darling
[ISBN 1 58007 057 4, First published: 12 April 2002]

Includes Spitfire development, PR Spitfires and the Seafire. 104 pages.

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'Volume 36 - Lockheed C-5 Galaxy'
by Bill Norton
[ISBN 1 58007 061 2, First published: 2003]

Includes full development history. 104 pages.

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'Volume 37 - Hawker Sea Fury'
by Kev Darling
[ISBN 1 58007 063 9, First published: 1 July 2002]

Full development history. Service history including Korea, and air racing use. 104 pages.

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'Volume 38 - Lockheed F-104 Starfighter'
by Jim Upton
[ISBN 1 58007 069 8, First published: 2004]

Chronicles the design and development of the F-104, highlights its features and performance achievements, and describes the various weapon systems it has carried. 104 pages, 40 colour photographs and 250 black and white photographs. No index.

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'Volume 39 - Lockheed C-141 Starlifter'
by Frederick A. Johnsen
[ISBN 1 58007 080 9, First published: 25 Oct 2005]

Covers C-141A, C-141B & C-141C. Construction and development details. 104 pages.

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'Volume 40 - Mikoyan Gurevitch MiG-15 Fagot'
by Yefim Gordon & Peter Davidson
[ISBN 1 58007 081 7, First published: 3 Mar 2005]

Covers all versions. Chinese and Korean combat use. 104 pages.

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'Volume 41 - Mikoyan Gurevitch MiG-29 Fulcrum'
by Yefim Gordon & Peter Davidson
[ISBN 1 58007 085 X, First published: 30 Oct 2005]

Covers all variants, with full development history. 104 pages.

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'Volume 42 - Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker'
by Yefim Gordon & Peter Davidson
[ISBN 1 58007 091 4, First published: 2006]

Covers all variants and upgrades. 104 pages.

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'Volume 43 - Tupolev Tu-95 Bear'
by Yefim Gordon & Peter Davidson
[ISBN 1 58007 102 3, First published: 15 Aug 2006]

Covers all Tu-95 upgrades and variants. Full development history. 108 pages.

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'Volume 44 - Northrop F-5/F-20/T-38'
by Frederick A. Johnsen
[ISBN 1 58007 094 9, First published: 15 Oct 2006]

Cover F-5, F-20 Tigershark and T-38 Talon. Full details of systems and equipment. 108 pages.

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