New book: Images of America - Tonopah Test Range



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Message posted by Joerg (Webmaster) on February 01, 2021 at 12:11:44 PST:

Peter Merlin's new book "Images of America - Tonopah Test Range" is now available for pre-order at the attached link. It will ship later this month. From the description:

Established in 1957, Tonopah Test Range (TTR) in Nevada provided an isolated place for the Atomic Energy Commission and successor agencies to test ballistic characteristics and non-nuclear components of atomic bombs. Also known as Area 52, the vast outdoor laboratory has also been used for training exercises, testing rockets, development of electronic warfare systems and unmanned aerial vehicles, and nuclear safety experiments. During the late 1970s, the Air Force constructed an airfield for a clandestine squadron of captured Russian fighter planes that were used for tactical evaluations and to provide realistic air combat training for thousands of American airmen. The TTR airfield also served as the first operational base for the F-117A stealth fighter, an airplane designed to be virtually invisible to detection by radar.

This book is a concise pictorial history of one of the nation's unique test facilities for Department of Defense weapons development programs. Additionally, after more than six decades of service in the national interest, TTR continues to serve a vital role in the stewardship and maintenance of America's nuclear arsenal. Arcadia Publishing, 2021.

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