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The Ultimate Piston Fighters of the Luftwaffe [Hardcover]

Justo Miranda
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31 Jan 2014
The development of aviation engines in Germany was revolutionary during closing stages of the Second World War. In 1945, the Daimler Benz, Jumo and BMW engines in service, equipped with power boosting systems, generated 2,000 hp. There were prototypes that could generate 3,000 hp and BMW/Argus projects could reach 4,000 hp. To benefit from their extreme performances, Blohm und Voss, Daimler Benz, Dornier, Focke Wulf, Heinkel, Henschel, Messerschmitt and Skoda designed an impressive series of fighters that never left the drawing board. The reason was the decision taken by the Oberkommando der Luftwaffe to mass manufacture the iconic and revolutionary Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter. This lost generation of projects were quickly forgotten and after years of research have been recovered and presented in The Ultimate Piston Fighters of the Luftwaffe. Profusely illustrated with technical drawings and fascinating data and information on the Luftwaffe's most radical fighter projects, The Ultimate Piston Fighters of the Luftwaffe chronicles these revolutionary designs that might have changed the course of the war. A fascinating book for the military historian, modellers and those interested in aviation, this shows how advanced German scientists were towards the end of the Second World War and how the beloved Spitfire and Mustang would have been instantly superseded by radical Nazi fighters.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fonthill Media (31 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781552495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781552490
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 17.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Justo Miranda is the author of books and monographs on aviation since the 1980s. A widely known historian, Miranda specialises in aviation of the 1930s and is the author of two volumes on aircraft used during the Spanish Civil War. The exciting discovery of a microfilm on secret German weapons in the early 1990s drove him to publish Secret Wonder Weapons of the Third Reich, later published by Schiffer in 1996. Since then, Miranda has published Reichdreams and Unknown!, monographs on little known airplane projects.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I’ve just read the book and here I go with my impressions

By late 1939 some air forces still operated fighter biplanes together with first generation monoplanes. A second generation of monoplanes, with more powerful piston engines, was almost ready for its first flight. That year USAAC issued its R40-C request for proposals to stimulate fighter technology development far from contemporary achievements.
But WWII pressed technology so hard that some technological dreams in 1939 were surpassed by technologies then still not considered or non existent. Some promising technology was bypassed because of misconception while another simply reached full potential and was abandoned.
Fighter aircraft evolution faced all that factors and the study of unbuilt designs is the only way to fully understand the story.

Justo Miranda’s “The Ultimate Piston Engine Fighters of the Luftwaffe” is for those who want to learn about the most advanced piston engine fighters never conceived. For those who ask about how would look like fighters if WWII never were and turbojet was never pressed so fast into operational service?.

Enthusiast familiar with Mr Miranda work will quickly recognize his style from precedent Reichdreams series, but this time, coming in form of a much durable hard cover edition and very handy dimensions. It’s a comfortable book for bed reading.

This work consists in a compilation of German’s most advanced piston engine fighter designs arranged from manufacturer with the final chapters dedicated to its weapons (guns, rockets and missiles).
Every design has a brief description with both historical and technical data. A very important data for me is to note which requirement the design was tendered for.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great reviews but... 19 Jun 2014
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I have seen the two positive reviews of this book and ordered a sample (actually three but that was a credit card problem). I am excluding the review by Ms Mercado as it would obviously be biased (co-author and so on). It's a nice book although much of it is a rehash of previous Reichdreams material. What I do not like is that it is advertised as having 1:72 scale plans and these are marked as 1:72 scale but they are not! The plans were made for an A4 format but when the publishing house reduced the size it also reduced the plans to fit. So basically, if you want to use the drawings for scratchbuilding, you will have to use editing software which means you could have extracted the 3 views from any other source. Notwithstanding I love the book except that its use to me is limited by the lost scale and the amount of new material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Books 20 May 2014
By mgb
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This is a brilliant book for the World War Two enthusiast. Great also for the scratch model maker as the aircraft are only in the design stage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 July 2014
By Jay Dee
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A good overview of late Luftwaffe/Luftwaffe '46 developments-
some weird and wonderful designs!
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