First UK edition, first print hardback of DESIGNED FOR THE KILL (The Jet Fighter - Development & Experience), by Mike Spick and published by Airlife Publishing Limited in 1995.
The book is in fine condition (clean blue boards and bright gold lettering on spine) with only very minor wear to the dust jacket, which is not price clipped (light rubbing to edges, very light bumping to corners, nothing more). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions.
With few exceptions, fighters designed during the 'fifties and 'sixties fell into one of two categories. These were the interceptor, intended to counter the nuclear armed bomber penetrating at high speed and altitude, and the tactical fighter to deliver tactical nuclear weapons on the modern battlefield. The former were designed for the top right-hand corner of the performance envelope, with a high rate of climb to reach the bomber's altitude quickly; very high speed in order to intercept an intruder as far out as possible; and homing missiles with a high percentage probability of killing the target at stand off ranges with a single shot. The latter had to be fast at lower levels in order to survive the counter-air defences of the day; and long-legged in order to achieve a reasonable operational range. Air-to-air weaponry was of secondary importance; stores discharged was the main consideration.
For both these categories, manoeuvre combat between fighters was hardly considered. Long range radars and 'magic' missiles would render manoeuvre unnecessary. Even guns were widely considered to be unnecessary! Then came a spate of limited wars, and to the surprise of many, fighters were once more engaging in close combat. While the earlier theories had been sound enough for the scenarios envisaged, it was the scenarios themselves that were wrong. The wars being fought were not those that had been forecast! It rapidly became obvious that close combat was not only possible but essential, and from this moment, the accent changed. The next generation of interceptors and air superiority fighters were designed for the kill!
176 pages, including several colour and black & white photographs
ISBN: 1 85310 121 4
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DESIGNED FOR THE KILL Mike Spick JET FIGHTERS
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First UK edition, first print hardback (The Jet Fighter - Development & Experience), published by Airlife Publishing Ltd in 1995.