“Vertical Take-Off Fighter Aircraft” is an illustrated history of concepts, experimental, and operational military VTO & VTOL aircraft. The book starts with wartime German projects such as the Focke Wulf Treibflugel, Heinkel Wespe, and VTO rocket fighters. Postwar projects include US Navy carrier-based VTOL fighters, the French annular wing experiments undertaken by SNECMA, and various other proposals for fighters. In addition to “tail sitters,” the author discusses conventionally shaped VTOL designs such as the Harrier, Russian carrier-based Yaks, and the new LockMart F-35 Lightning.
VERTICAL TAKE-OFF FIGHTER AIRCRAFT
Published by Ian Allan this is a high-quality “Secret Projects” title, The content is excellent, with plenty of well-researched interesting VTO fighter projects stretching from the late 1930s through WW2 with German projects such as the Focke Wulf Treibflugel, Heinkel Wespe, and VTO rocket fighters. and on to the present day. Many obscure concepts and designs are covered, alongside the more familiar prototypes.