1995 non-fiction. In October 1957, the core of Windscale's Pile 1
caught fire, burned
for three days, and spread radioactive contamination across what was
then Cumberland. This is the official history of the incident and its
The Sea Dart (try not to associate that in your mind with Lawn Dart)
was to be a supersonic flying-boat fighter.
HMAS Melbourne was the Royal Australian Navy's last aircraft carrier
The Saunders-Roe SR.45 Princess was the largest all-metal flying-boat
ever built. Only three were made, and none was ever sold.
was to be a flying-boat strategic bomber for the U.S. Navy.
Yeah, I pretty much have to do this one, don't I? The
was to be a Mach 3 high-altitude nuclear bomber.
One of the desiderata of an air defence system is to put defending
fighters close to the high-value targets. That way they don't get
decoyed away by diversionary attacks, giving the enemy bombers a clear
run, because they're dedicated to protecting a specific target; nor do
they need massive endurance (adding to weight), if they don't need to
make long-distance flights.
The Cutlass was a high-subsonic carrier-borne fighter, flying off
Essex and Midway-class carriers.
One of the great scars on the American military-aviation psyche was
the unescorted bomber. As the men who'd been on the front lines during
the Second World War became the leaders of the Air Force, they tried
to do something about it.
The Hustler was not just
the first aircraft to be named after a pornographic magazine (this is
a lie, it first flew nearly twenty years before that was thought of),
it was the world's first operational supersonic bomber.
The Peacemaker was the
world's first intercontinental bomber, and the largest mass-produced
piston-engined aircraft ever built.