Press Release No. 1 - Jan 2005
Start the New Year with a Bang
The first issue of World X-Planes, a 32-page quarterly
magazine, will be published very shortly and shipping
will start by late January/early February.
This magazine is experimental, much like its subject
matter. It is presently in 32 pages plus cover, but
every effort will be made to increase the size and the
frequency, depending on readers’ response.
Contents of Issue No. 1
- Supercritical Wing: NASA engineer Richard Whitcomb's
formula made airliners 15 percent more fuel-efficient.
- Leduc’s Ramjets: French revolution! obtaining
propulsion by heating air in a pipe. In the late
1940s, the Leduc 010 prototypes were nudging the speed
of sound on ramjet power alone!.
- Bell X-2 46-675: Exclusive chronology of the
first-flown Bell X-2 which exploded over Lake Ontario
in May 1953. Every free and captive flight.
- What happened to the YB-49: Bob Cardenas tells the
story of the huge flying wing -- the triumph, the
tragedy, the real story!
- Dassault Balzac V: It was an attempt to combine the
super performance of the Mirage with the nimble
maneuverability of the helicopter. It worked, at
- BAC.221: This was the British mini Concorde, with a
similar drooped nose, wings and colors. It flew for a
decade and amassed a wealth of data for Concorde and
all its supersonic descendants still on the drawing
- Convair XF-92A Dart: The dynasty of USAF delta
fighters began here. This was the first delta-wing
aircraft to fly. Its 118 flights had their share of
problems, but validated the new shape.
- Profile of Joe Walker: This NASA pilot flew to space
on the X-15 and made the first flight of the Lunar
Landing Research Vehicle, forerunner of Apollo's LEM.
PS: Issue No. 1 will certainly become a collector's
HPM Publications was established ten years ago to
preserve the history of X-planes and test pilots. We
published the only books about the Soviet Space
Shuttle, Bell X-2, Northrop MX-324, DH.108, SR.53,
Gemini Paraglider, and others. In so doing, we
preserved the history of these magnificent projects.
The magazine will serve the same purpose. There is so
much history to preserve.
Subscribing and ordering information :
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