The Age of Jets

The X-Planes that Changed Military Aviation Forever


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Turbine engines forever changed military aviation. Introduced in 1942, they helped planes to fly higher, faster and quieter than the piston-powered propliners that came before them. Subsequent decades saw the evolution of these bombers and fighters, a hundred times over.

The late Steve Pace’s 2016-released The Big Book of X-Bombers and X-Fighters, documents them all — in over 300 pages, with beautiful and historic photos. From the first twin-turbine jet in World War II, the Bell XP-59 Airacomet, to today’s stealth bombers and fighters that have achieved supersonic, doublesonic and triplesonic speeds, these are the revolutionary military planes that inspired them all.

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