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The Story of the McDonnell Voodoo Fast-jets
Author:Group Captain Nigel Walpole, OBE, BA, RAF (Ret'd)
Dimensions:6.5" x 9.5"
Photos:approx 300 b/w and color photographs, 4 back 1, color profiles
Publisher:Pen and Sword
Item No. 9781473837942
During the mid-1950s the United States Air Force was given its most powerful single-seat, two-engine fighter to date. The Voodoo would be deployed before the end of that decade in the tactical nuclear bomber and tactical reconnaissance roles worldwide, and in homeland defense with the two-seat, all-weather variant. In December 1957 it took the World Air Speed Record to Mach 1.6 - over one and a half times faster than the sound barrier.This book looks at the evolution of the original design and its introduction into service. Chapters cover operations in Korea, Vietnam, the Cuban Crisis and in Europe during the Cold War years. Many firsthand accounts from pilots are included and the author's own experiences with the aircraft are relayed with fascinating insight.The Voodoo was an elegant, mean-looking fighting machine that epitomized fast flying in the fifties and sixties. It continues to be a revered airplane.