THE F-14 TOMCAT

Autore: Terry Treadwell

Codice: 207012

€ 18,00

The F-14A prototype first flew on 21 December 1970, without incident, but on the second, there was a complete loss of the hydraulics, and both pilots, Chief Test Pilot Robert Smythe and Project Test Pilot William Miller, had to eject to safety. The cause was pinpointed to a failure in the titanium hydraulic piping due to fatigue. The second F-14A flew five months later, with the titanium piping replaced by stainless steel. The construction of the F-14 was a revolution in aircraft manufacture. Approximately twenty-five per cent of the aircraft was made of titanium, the majority in the box beam to which the wings were attached. The box beam had a dual role – not only did it absorb all the transmitted wing loads, but it was also used as a fuel tank. A new technique was used to weld the beam – electron-beam welding, when two pieces of titanium were welded into their molecular components, resulting in a strength loss of only three per cent. With a wealth of illustrations, Terry Treadwell tells the story of this famous aircraft.

Lingua

INGLESE

Illustrazioni

140 illustrazioni

Pagine

96

Misure

16,5 x 23

ISBN
9781445686394