The (bril­liant and some­times mad) ideas fac­tory

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Con­vair by Mar­tyn Chorl­ton­ £15.99. Il­lus­trated paper­back, 96 pages Born in 1943 with the merger of Con­sol­i­dated with Vul­tee, Con­sol­i­dated pro­duced some of the most strik­ing air­craft of the next two decades be­fore it was ab­sorbed by Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics and re-fo­cussed on space and mis­sile projects. This book presents a series of pro­files of Con­vair air­craft, some of which you will recog­nise and many you will not. It makes ab­so­lutely fas­ci­nat­ing brows­ing: how about the gi­gan­tic 'nu­clear pow­ered' XB/NB-36-H, with its lead-lined crew com­part­ment and foot-thick glaz­ing? Or – at the other end of the scale – the 1946 Model 106 Air­car, an all-metal 65hp two-seat pusher that did not take the civvie mar­ket by storm. The there's Con­vair's 880 and 990 jet­lin­ers, the fastest in the busi­ness, and... Well, you re­ally just ought to buy the book! PW

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