In 1951 the United States broke a long-standing tradition by purchasing a foreign military aircraft to be manufactured in quantity for the US Air Force. Why had the US Government opted to purchase a foreign aircraft in preference to an American designed aircraft? The answers to this question are many many and varied, but in retrospect the decision proved to be a correct one and resulted in one of the most capable and enduring aircraft in US military aviation history — the B-57 Canberra.
The origins of the B-57 Canberra can be traced indirectly to the latter part of World War II when the Luftwaffe began combat operations with two jet propelled aircraft, the Messerschmitt Me 262 twin engined fighter and the Arado Ar 234 twin engined light bomber. Although the introduction of these two jet aircraft took place far too late to affect the outcome of the war, they nevertheless sent shock waves through the Allied air forces.
B-57 Canberra in Action (Aircraft 77)
Автор: Jim Mesko
Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications Inc. 1987
Страниц: 50 Pages
Размер: 17.4 MB