USAF Jet Bombers
...from Tempest Books
Title: USAF Jet Bombers
Author: David Baker
Publisher: Tempest Books
A new 130-page bookazine from Tempest Books, looking at the fascinating story of manned US Jet Bombers developed and used by the USAF since the end of WW2. It includes the development and operational stories of the various bomber types used over this 77-year period, right up to date with the new B-21 that is due to fly this year for the first time.
The story is spread across 10 sections, covering the Birth of the Jet Bomber at the end of WW2 and the Legacy Contenders as a variety of designs offered the successors to the fleets of B17 and B29 bombers from the war. The first of the new jets was the North American B-45 Tornado, the one which I knew the least about before I read this book. It goes on through the B-47 Stratojet and of course the long-life of the B-52 before pausing to consider the alternative possibilities of the carrier borne efforts of the US Navy. More development with the search for a successor to the B-52 which leads to the Rockwell B-1A and B-1B Lancer, the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, and bringing us bang up to date, with the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider, a new, smaller stealth bomber that is due to have its' first flight this year, 2022.
The book is packed with some excellent photos throughout and information on the changing challenges that the manned bomber force has faced over the years. There have been a variety of challenges over the years, from unmanned missiles, high-level vs low level flight patterns, stand-off weapons, nuclear weapons and dropping conventional 'dumb' bombs. Even the constant challenges of cost control all come into it. Add an assortment of design drawings, the swing-wings of the B-1 and the flying wing design of the B-2 and the latest B-21. I found it made a really interesting read, as well as photos that many modellers will love as detail and colour references. Excellent value for money for so much good material at the RRP of £8.99. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Thanks to Tempest Books for our review copy.