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Northrop N-63 Convoy Fighter: The Naval VTOL Turboprop Tailsitter Project of 1950 by [Zichek, Jared]
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"In this book, the author covers every known aspect of the Northrop N-63 project including a wealth of engineering drawings of the aircraft in question along with the original and updated brochure offered by Northrop. There are also artist's impressions of these aircraft as well as full color profiles of what might have been. It makes for a fascinating look into what might have been and sheds some light on a little known aviation project."-ModelingMadness.com "If you're an aviation enthusiast or modeler that enjoys looking at the 'what-if' side of aviation, this monograph is worth adding to your library!"-CyberModeler.com "Like the other convoy fighter books Retromechanix put a lot of time and effort into research for the book, and if you have any curiosity about these aircraft then you'll want to track down this entire series."-Internetmodeler.com

"In this book, the author covers every known aspect of the Northrop N-63 project including a wealth of engineering drawings of the aircraft in question along with the original and updated brochure offered by Northrop. There are also artist's impressions of these aircraft as well as full color profiles of what might have been. It makes for a fascinating look into what might have been and sheds some light on a little known aviation project."-ModelingMadness.com

"If you're an aviation enthusiast or modeler that enjoys looking at the 'what-if' side of aviation, this monograph is worth adding to your library!"-CyberModeler.com "Like the other convoy fighter books Retromechanix put a lot of time and effort into research for the book, and if you have any curiosity about these aircraft then you'll want to track down this entire series."-Internetmodeler.com

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The Northrop N-63 was an unconventional VTOL turboprop tailsitter aircraft proposal submitted to the US Navy's convoy fighter competition of 1950, which ultimately produced the Convair XFY-1 Pogo and Lockheed XFV-1 Salmon. It was a single-seat high performance fighter designed to protect convoy vessels from attack by enemy aircraft, and for vertical unassisted takeoff from, and landings on, small platform areas afloat or ashore. The N-63 featured a straight wing with pronounced dihedral and a very large ventral T-tail; armament consisted of four 20 mm cannon mounted in large pods on the wing tips. The aircraft was powered by an Allison XT-40-A-8 turboprop engine driving 15.5 ft six-blade dual-rotation propellers. The Northrop convoy fighter was designed to land vertically on a robust central landing strut in a collapsible tailcone as well as small shock absorbers located on the aft ends of the wing pods and vertical stabilizer; these landing support points were spread far apart to enhance stability on the deck. In addition to the N-63, Northrop also submitted the N-63A scale prototype airplane design, a small technology demonstrator powered by an Armstrong Siddeley Double Mamba turboprop. It featured a swappable tail section and auxiliary landing gear which permitted it to take off and land either conventionally or vertically, depending on the proficiency of the pilot. This ebook features 66 illustrations, including detailed schematics, artist's impressions, photos, and speculative color profiles of these remarkable secret aircraft projects, which are sure to appeal to historical aviation enthusiasts and scale modellers alike. This is the publisher's third book covering the convoy fighter competition, the first two being devoted to the Goodyear GA-28A/B and Martin Model 262, both of which are still available here on Amazon in print and digital formats.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17772 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Retromechanix Productions (Nov. 10 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017U16WNA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brief and concise with excellent writing March 5 2016
By JCAL - Published on Amazon.com
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Another excellent Zichek production. Mr. Zichek is very adept at taking archival material and fleshing it out with color illustrations. Access to the original materials and his color illustrations alone makes this monograph worthwhile. However, Mr. Zichek also provides some contemporary insights into the proposal, development, and failure of the N-63. Frankly,I would like to see some larger more comprehensive volumes from him similar to his efforts for Schiffer. However, given the economics of publishing these types of books from the authors standpoint, I will have to be satisfied with these wonderful self-published monographs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zichem's monographs are among the best available for lesser known aircraft April 9 2016
By P. McDowell - Published on Amazon.com
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As I have previously cited Mr. Zichem's monographs are among the best available for lesser known aircraft.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars March 26 2016
By Dennis Kindle - Published on Amazon.com
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Outstanding book 1 of 3 on a different kind of aircraft proposals.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and well made book about an almost unknown ... Oct. 14 2016
By Andrea Salimbeti - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting and well made book about an almost unknown US aircraft project. A must for any enthusiast in military aviation history!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Oct. 7 2016
By H S. - Published on Amazon.com
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A Good overview of this little known project.