X-Planes of Europe – Secret Research Aircraft From the Golden Age 1946-1974 – a book about the experimental development of aircraft in Europe from the end of World War II until the mid 70s. The first series of promising jet engines appeared in the second half of the 40s and was directly related to the development of the world’s best jet engine Rolls Royce Nene (our MIG-15 also flew the same licensed engine). Aircraft designers worked out various aerodynamic schemes for new generation aircraft, which led to the appearance of flying wings, tailless wings, a triangular and swept wing, and some other exotic. Widely used captured German studies. Sounders Roe designed a jet flying boat. The development of multi-engine jet bombers – carriers of atomic bombs was in full swing. Work was underway to create hypersonic devices – their speed was several times higher than the sonic one. In the 50s, the development of fundamentally new vertical take-off aircraft began.
The book is an encyclopedia of the once top-secret developments of the European (mainly English) aircraft industry of the second half of the twentieth century.