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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential book on WWII German aircraft
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...
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1.0 out of 5 stars A real gem!
As always, 'Winkle' Brown fascinates the reader with his unique knowledge and perspective of the Luftwaffe aircraft reviewed.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential book on WWII German aircraft, 22 Sept. 2010
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Grev (Brighton) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wings of the Luftwaffe: Flying German Aircraft of World War II (Consign) (Hardcover)
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 expanded reprint of Wings of the Luftwaffe 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book, 23 Jan. 2011
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The author is in the Guiness book of records for flying the highest number of different aircraft ever and this book is an updated version of an earlier one with 33 captured German aircraft instead of the earlier 17. It has to be said that many, perhaps the new entries, are fairly short, but there is a wealth of information on the others. Together with plenty of B&W pictures, several have detailed cut-away drawings, photos and drawings of the cockpit layout and colour side views which will be of interest to the enthusiast and the modeller alike.

A very interesting book and well woth buying.

Peter
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wings of the Luftwaffe, 9 Sept. 2010
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This book has been a revelation to me. I often wondered where all the information on the captured WW2 Axis aircraft came from - now I know. The book is very well written, easy to follow and understand by non technical people such as myself. I like the brief, often one sentence summary that Captain Brown starts each aircraft chapter with. This seems to sum up that aircraft perfectly. The photos are good, many by the author himself. It is rather a shame that some of these aircraft no longer exist, but thanks to Captain Brown, at least a record remains of these magnificent aircraft.

This book will have pride of place in my collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant classic, 9 Sept. 2013
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It is not indulging in hyperbole to suggest that this is one of the greatest books on aircraft ever written. Brown was possibly the greatest pilot of the twentieth century and he was certainly one of the bravest. The accounts of the various aircraft are invaluable and often unique - this was a pilot who flew more types than anyone else and who had the technical skills to make meaningful comparisons. The book is also funny, well written and often jaw dropping. So, Brown and his team come across an aircraft which has a reputation as a killer? Let's take it for a spin. There's an aircraft with flight manual and no-one can give any advice on it? Again, let's give it go. Incredible stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile update, 23 Jun. 2014
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The earlier edition was a tour de force with superb cutaway drawings. This updated version adds brief impressions of a batch of additional aircraft and reproduces the original work, but does not include as much detail on the extra material. The colour artwork is however a bonus, and this famously experienced Royal Naval test pilot is always a delight to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How good were the Luftwaffe's aircraft, 14 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Wings of the Luftwaffe: Flying German Aircraft of World War II (Consign) (Hardcover)
For anyone interested in the air war over Europe in WWII this book is a must as it answers so many questions as to just how good the Luftwaffe's aircraft were. Capt. Eric Brown is a brilliant pilot and having flown almost all allied and axis aircraft is in an ideal position to make valid judgements, his observations are fascinating. It throws new light on the abilities of the Luftwaffe's fighter pilots especially those flying the fabled Me 109 which Brown rates as an extremely difficult fighter to fly, as opposed to the Spitfire and P-51Mustang, and yet the highest scoring pilots of WWII all flew 109's !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read for any WWII aviation fan, 5 Jan. 2013
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This is a beautiful book, well illustrated with both photographs and excellent cut-away drawings of the aircraft. But the most interesting part of it are the fascinating descriptions of what these aircraft, (some very well known, and some rarer or almost unknown models), were like to fly. Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown obviously has courage in very large measure, as some of the aircraft listed in this fascinating book were known to be difficult to fly, while one or two had even more worrying traits to cope with, (like the ME163 Komet, a rocket powered interceptor, that used fuels capable of dissolving human flesh, and a tendency to explode on landing, if the rocket motor or its fuel pipes were damaged as it bumped back to earth on its single belly skid). This book, (like its author), is a real treasure, and I urge anyone with an interest in the warplanes of the Third Reich to buy this book while it is still available
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing in some ways, 21 Feb. 2011
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Facts up front - I have the original 1977 edition, and various other books that Captain Brown had written about his experiences. This book is a compliation of much of that material. However, that is not neccessarily a bad thing, as those books are long out of print, and the chance to get the majority of Capt. Brown's opinions on German aircaft in one place is to be welcomed.

Unfortunatley, the premise is let down by the production. Compared to the original, photo reproduction is poor, with many B+W and colour pictures being 'fuzzy' and giving the appearance of being poorly copied. Some of the colour profiles relate to the aircraft under discussion, but others have no more relevance to the text than they appear to be randomly chosen examples of the same type of aircraft - and the aircraft in the colour photo of the Bf109 on the cover wasn't flown by the author either.

There are also a couple of factual errors that I spotted - anyone going to St Athan to see the Ju88 in the Historic Collection there (as mentioned on Page 193) will be disappointed as the Ju88 moved to RAF Museum at Hendon in 1978 - something that took me 30 seconds to check.

In spite of these facts, I have given the book 4 stars as for anyone who has not read Eric Brown's previous works, it is an excellent purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1940s Aircraft Developments, 23 April 2015
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A fantastic book recording just how far ahead in aircraft technology the Germans (and the British) were in the 1940s. USA and the Soviets only caught up by using captured German designs and from the generosity of the British in handing them information on their developments and by the courage of such test pilots as Captain Eric Brown.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book poor packing!, 31 July 2013
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my dust cover arrived damaged due to poor handling. not what you expect when you spend £35 on a book . Much better if it had arrived mint. I would be embarrassed to take it to a signing..................

This book is for all Winkle fans , German aircraft fans , history fans ................
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