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Product Details

  • Series: Images of Aviation
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (November 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738576204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738576206
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter W. Merlin has authored numerous books and articles on aerospace history and technology. He has appeared in documentary television programs for Discovery Channel, the History Channel, National Geographic, and others, including Modern Marvels, Mystery Hunters, Inside Area 51, Return to Area 51, Atomic Journeys, Area 51 Declassified, and The Truth Behind Area 51.

Customer Reviews

My wife loves this book so much that we bought 4 at Costco and gave away 3 as gifts.
Steve B
This fairly small book is a must-have for the wonk, and it would be an interesting read for any aviation enthusiast.
Steve Conslaw
This book deals with the Groom Lake / Tonapah test range...the super secret Area 51!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Steve Conslaw on December 2, 2011
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This book is not intended to be a definitive history of Area 51. What it is is the best collection of pictures taken at the Groom Lake Base. About half the book is dedicated early operations and the U2 program. The next third concerns the various Lockheed blackbird models, and the remainder is everything else. You won't find anything UFO related here. The pictures are well-annotated. Nobody knows this stuff better than Peter Merlin. He has been a dedicated aviation historian for more than two decades. There are plenty of pictures of Soviet planes that were evaluated at Groom. Until this book, I had never seen pictures of a stealth cruise missile called Senior Prom which was a contemporary of the F-117's predecessor, Have Blue. There are pictures taken inside two bars at the base, Sam's Place and the Conehead Bar. You don't need to worry about current military technology being compromised by this book. The only aircraft picture that dates since 1990 is of the Boeing 737-600 "Janet" aircraft, but that picture was taken at their terminal in Las Vegas. This fairly small book is a must-have for the wonk, and it would be an interesting read for any aviation enthusiast.

Rumor has it that Peter Merlin is planning a more comprehensive Dreamland/Area 51/Groom Lake book. I'm looking forward to it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ken on December 20, 2011
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You can not go wrong when you see Peters name on a book you know it is excellent nothing else to say except keep up the good work Peter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven D. Herberth on April 28, 2012
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This is one of the finest collections of photos of the airctaft that have made Area 51 famous. The majority of the photos are "first time published" and give a unique insiders look at what happened there in (especially) the early years. Much has changed over the years ... The "Ranch" isn't what it used to be ........
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve B VINE VOICE on June 27, 2012
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My wife loves this book so much that we bought 4 at Costco and gave away 3 as gifts. When Costco ran out, I ordered this one through Amazon for another friend who looked at ours and asked where we got it so he could get one, too. Great photos and lots of good writing that is historically accurate, not a bunch of alien hype.
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By L. Schmidt on July 11, 2014
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Brought back many memories.....I met Mr. Merlin a year or so ago at the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas.
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Full of interesting historical info and great pictures, this book
is one of the better Area 51 efforts I have read.
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As a book gift, this is nice. It's high quality, great photos and isn't flashy like most books about this subject. However, there's nothing in here that's new nor is it interestingly told in a way that makes me recommend this book as a "must have".
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I love these great tales of engineers facing problems and coming up with complex, multi-faceted, yet elegant solutions. The pictures, though, are what make this a great book and a good buy. This book is packed with imagery that the aviation fan will pore over for hours. Learn the stories of these fantastic marvels of aeronautical engineering that were designed and tested by moonlight, and see for yourself what it looks like to build an aviation legacy!
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