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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books (19 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184832555X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848325555
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 17.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 651,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MANFRED GRIEHL is a renowned aviation expert and the author of more than forty books including Luftwaffe Over America and Luftwaffe X-Planes: German Experimental Aircraft of World War II.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Aug. 2013
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This is a much better book than one or two others currently around which cover the early designs and ideas of aircraft which did, in the main, see production and service.

I have to confess that when I originally purchased this book, I overlooked the 'prototype' significance as I was searching for those aircraft which didn't make it to flight!!

However, it's a beguiling book in its own right and I find myself becoming involved in the stories behind the many aicraft which Hitler did authorise and which did create havoc for us and a great many other nations. Fortunately, our own rather different approach to weaponry, managed to survive and finally defeat the progressive ideas of the aircraft (and rocket) designers so quickly 'stolen' by the Americans and the Russians as the war ended.

There are too many aircraft in this book to suggest any one has been more detailed than the others. The author has done an excellent job in cataloguing just about every variation of each aircraft type and this should rank as a very worthwhile record for aviation enthusiasts specialising in WWII - of which there are many.

I would have thought that its cover price is not bad value at all but at amazon's offer price, it's a must, surely, for we anoraks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Johan L on 11 April 2014
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It's a very (very) detailed book, many b/w pictures. But are you looking for fancy colour-what-if illustrations this is not the place. It's more lika catalog of prototypes with "Jane's All the worlds airplane" like info and pictures.
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A Trove of Information 13 April 2013
By Dipaoj - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provides a wealth of information - some of it obscure - about German aviation development prior to and through WW II. It begins with an overview and history of Germany's aircraft research and development process and the organization of test centers and test detachments and squadrons. After these opening chapters, Griehl hits his stride with an alphabetical manufacturer-by-manufacturer listing of prototypes. Within each of these sub-chapters, he provides a brief description of each prototype (or mock-up), generally accompanied by a photo, and a listing of each version, including markings, production number, first flight date, ultimate fate and other remarks. It is this trove of detail and the encyclopedic organization and structure that elevates "X-Planes: German Luftwaffe Prototypes 1930-1945" above Griehl's 2004 book, "Luftwaffe X-Planes: German Experimental and Prototype Planes of World War II." However, that earlier, slimmer and less-well-organized volume contains information not found in this book (e.g., an additional photo and paragraph on the Bachem Natter and a photo and description of the mock-up of the FW "Flitzer"). Consequently, the two books complement each other to some extent, rather than the latter replacing the former.
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The Editorial Revue misses.... 4 Dec. 2012
By Alte Adler - Published on Amazon.com
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The Editorial Revue fails to mention that the book consists of mostly unpublished photos of early prototypes, and mock ups. It then describes a very short history of the aircraft type pictured. If you've any interest in the WWII Luftwaffe don't miss this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
a very good book on german aviation. 12 Dec. 2012
By Gary - Published on Amazon.com
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this author never deceives me with german aviation.this book has great pictures .the information is updated. well done indeed .i highly recommend it to any one with an interest on German aviation.thank you.Gary B
German X-planes 29 May 2013
By rudy willer - Published on Amazon.com
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I just received this book in good order and at a good price. Book was very interesting indeed, it had lots of pictures and gave loads of information. The reader should be aware of the fact that the writer strictly limits this book to the test aircraft and does not tell the reader anything about further developments and production. Famous aircraft, such as the Heinkel 111 2-engined bomber, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Focke Wulf single-seat fighters, the Junkers Ju 52 tri-motor transports, which all were built in very large numbers were shown in the same fashion as some obscure test aircraft, that never proceeded into production. Interestingly, the Dornier Do 24, which was actually built and designed strictly for the Marine Luchtvaart Dienst (Dutch Navy Aviation Service) was discussed in this book as just another German Luftwaffe aircraft design.
Development of the German X Planes was under harsh wartime Conditions 3 April 2013
By Charles Mattingly - Published on Amazon.com
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Development of the German Expermental aircraft suffered from too many versions lack of fuel stopping develop,ment. The Germans had differant versions of many of their aircraft & sufferered from lack of fuel and parts plus modern
ground support. German maufacturers of their X-Planes show that problem
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