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Surprisingly underrated book,
This review is from: Messerschmitt Me264: Amerikabomber: the Luftwaffe's Lost Strategic Bomber (Hardcover)I wasn't sure what to expect of this book. There are several titles that deal with "Luftwaffe 1946" airplanes, paper projects, some early prototypes, and i was expecting this to be another book of the kind, which it wasn't. Basically the book covers the Me 264 project with all its details, from RLM specifications, design, to orders, the enmity between "Willy" Messerschmidt and Ehrard Milch and its consequences on the project, and the constant changes of specifications to serve a variety of roles such as a long range reconnaissance airplane for the Kriegsmarine and the inevitable conflict this created with the Luftwaffe and their own specifications.
The book guides you through all this, you see the prototypes slowly evolving with each page. The photos alone are a treasure trove, and they're accompanied by line drawings and manufacturer's blueprints, a couple of colour profiles and perspective views, and an impressive amount of blueprints of everything from the engines to the hydraulics systems. The accounts from test pilots are also included, together with test photos, weapons specifications, and so on, all with incredible detail.
The book is easy to read, the authors manage to blend the project's development history and the "protagonists" relationships with the more technical matters without falling into the somewhat sterile approach that other authors have regarding aviation history, blindly adding dry tables of data without any context or justification, just to fill pages. This isn't the case at all here.
It'll be of interest to the aviation history and to the aircraft modeller, although you won't find a great assortment of colour profiles. It seems somewhat ignored, which is puzzling considering the quality of the book. A very pleasant surprise, congratulations to the authors.