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5.0 out of 5 stars the best source book on the luftwaffe ?, 1 Jun 1999
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This review is from: Wings of the Luftwaffe (Paperback)
To put it short this is a great book. It is totally dedicated to the luftwaffe planes and this is an incredible and valuable source. There are lots of pictures and lots of schematics. The performances of each plane are well documented. From those values and a little bit of mathematics, you have enough data to model those airplanes in a any games.
But the best feature is Cpt. Brown comparison between allied and the German fighters. He flew lots of them and from most of the sides involved (japan and USSR not described in this book). In my opinion, he has as much as a "free opinion " as possible in assessing the fighters. This is a must for the historian or the flight-simmer....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 8 Sep 2003
This review is from: Wings of the Luftwaffe (Paperback)
Puts you in the driver's seat of the Luftwaffe's front line WW2 equipment. I think this is a compilation of a series of articles in Air Enthusiast in the early 70s, but none the worse for it. Compelling and highly readable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital Addition to any Military Avaition Enthusiast's Library, 27 Oct 2008
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Paul T Horgan (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wings of the Luftwaffe (Hardcover)
I have owned this book since 1977 and cannot recommend it too highly. If you want to see the planes of the Luftwaffe from the inside with details about how they fly then this us for you.

If you have any interest in the Luftwaffe then this book must be in your collection.

There are cutaways of all the planes and cockpit diagrams.

This book is and will remain a standard reference work on German warplanes. Eric Brown had the honour of test flying these planes shortly after the German surrender so you won't have any planes that were pensioned off by 1945, like the Ju 86, but all the major types are included, as well as the He 162 and the Me 163.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - unlike historians he actually flew the aircraft, 3 Dec 2007
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Grev (Brighton) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wings of the Luftwaffe (Paperback)
Unlike the majority of authors and experts Eric 'Winkle' Brown - British WWII test pilot extraordinaire - actually tested captured German aircraft during and immediately after the war. Thus his opinions of an aircraft's capabilities and flying characteristics are second to none. This is an important point, because aircraft historians - naturally enough never having flown any of these types (least of all because many of the types discussed here have no airworthy examples left) - have to rely on facts and figures and the opinions of the pilots who flew them in service... and as everyone knows fighter pilots are naturally biased towards their own aircraft at the expense of all others. Brown flew so many types in test conditions that he's able to compare the aircraft against one another like for like - after all that was his job. This means that, for instance, in the case of an aircraft such as the Heinkle HE 219 night fighter, he's able to take to task it's post war reputation as probably the best night fighter of WWII. So far as Brown's concerned it was actually underpowered, rendering it a capable night fighter but inferior in performance to the British Mosquito... an aircraft many books claim it was superior to.

All this means that for anyone interested in WWII aviation both this book and it's companion Wings of the Navy (if you can find it!) are invaluable. If you REALLY want to know how good any of these aircraft were, this is your bible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting combination of Test Pilot and Aviation Author, 27 Feb 2010
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Mark Shackelford "mark shackelford" (Worthing, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wings of the Luftwaffe (Hardcover)
This books brings together a series of articles written by (the amazing) Eric Brown for Air International, detailing his extraordinary experiences of test flying a wide range of WWII German aircraft at the end of the war, and the hugely detailed technical information and drawings found in William Green's masterwork Warplanes of the Third Reich.

Well written articles describe the often weird aircraft, many of them very advanced compared to the rest of the world in 1945 - such as the "push-me-pull-you" engined Do335, the stunning fighter FW190/TA152, the beautiful jet Ar234 and the outstandingly dangerous rocket powered Me163.

An invaluable book of personal experience with these amazing machines, along with well selected photographs - both in live action and under test with RAF markings.

More detail of Eric Brown's flying exploits can be found in Wings on My Sleeve: The World's Greatest Test Pilot tells his story, which is also highly recommended, and adds further detail to the Luftwaffe tests.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical, 7 Oct 2006
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Seamus Burns - See all my reviews
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This book is great! Eric Brown writes with such lyrcial stlye about the often highly experimental Luftwaffe aircraft that he evaluated during and after the war.

Talking about a rather flawed German bomber, he says something like: "The Griffen was never to emulate in its guardianship of the 3rd Reich the way its namesake protected the Scythian gold of Greek legend"....Mnyaaas.

Makes a great contrast to the Hillbilly ranting of Chuck Yeager, another interesting test pilot type chappie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant., 23 Mar 2014
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another fascinating book by the greatest test pilot of any generation , worth its weight in gold, and, nothing else like it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wings of the Luftwaffe by Captain Eric Brown, 30 Sep 2012
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Really interesting book which clearly illustrates what an outstanding Test Pilot Captain Eric Brown RN was. The book contains fascinating accounts of how the aircraft were acquired and ferried by to Farnbrough UK for testing - sometimes using captured German pilots - and the meticulous way Eric Brown tested the aircraft. The accounts of the flying and the testing of the German jet aircraft - ME 262 and the Arado AR 234 - is extremely interesting especially bearing in mind the German Jet engines had a maximum life of just 25 hours. I regret to admit that while I was familiar with most of the post war Test Pilots, I was not aware, until reading this book and Wings on my Sleeve, of Captain Eric Brown. Read all his books for he was a truly great pilot and a brilliant author of books relating to aircraft.
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