Fonthill Media has published ‘British Special Projects’ Flying Wings, Deltas and Tailless Designs by Bill Rose

"Flying wings, deltas and tailless aircraft continue to generate enormous interest within the aviation community and many of the older designs still look surprisingly futuristic. British Special Projects: Flying Wings, Deltas and Tailless Designs examines the lesser-known and frequently secret British projects undertaken for research or military purposes during the last century and covers those aircraft that were built and, in some cases, entered service. The first commercially successful British flying wing biplane designed by John Dunne undertook limited military reconnaissance duties during the First World War. Various flying wings followed but the German development of the delta would prove massively influential with post-war British aerodynamicists immediately recognising the potential for a new generation of high-performance designs. Parallel research into advanced flying wings would produce plans forthe superb looking Barnes Wallace supersonic swing-wing bomber, although his design was too far ahead of its time to progress any further. There were also dead-end projects for bombers powered by atomic propulsion,vertical take-off concepts and over-ambitious ideas for British spacecraft that utilised delta- and blended wing bodies but were too technically challenging and costly to develop further. Nevertheless, many of these designs that stemmed from the simple flying wing remain influential today".

An extensively researched examination of British flying wing and delta aerospace projects of the 20th century

• An insight into British ambitious and often unrealistic aspirations to stay at the forefront of advanced technology such as the development of the atomic-powered warplane

• The world’s first military flying wing was a British design that saw operational service during the First World War

• A manned rocket-ship launched from a converted V-bomber was proposed, capable of reaching the edge of space

• Beautifully illustrated with many rare and unpublished photographs

• Of interest to aviation and military historians, modellers,  gamers and flight simulator enthusiasts

ISBN: 978-1-78155-805-8

Publication: 10 December 2020

Price: £35.00/$52.00

Size: 248 x 172 mm

Binding: Hardback

Extent: 288 pages

Illustrations: 262 mono illustrations

Rights: World, all languages

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