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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; Reprint edition (15 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855326345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855326347
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.6 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Hugh Morgan is the Director of an autistic charity based in the Midlands. He has long been fascinated by the aviation world, and has written several very successful titles for Osprey.

Arguably the finest profile artist in the business, Joan Weal's love of German aircraft makes his work a treat for students of the subject. He has written several Aces volumes, and two books on the JU 87 in the companion series Combat Aircraft.


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As the rest of the Osprey "Aircraft of the Aces" books this is a fluidly written book with lots of photographs and colour profiles that inspire modelling projects. That one has to look to additional sources to get more definitive and detailed information is OK with me.
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Was really looking forward to this one...

What a bore!

Same old pics like in a dozen other books. Nothing new or inspiring.

Plates unimaginitve.

Save your money.

Theres much better books out there!
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Very good book with a comprehensive history of the ME262 and the difficulties encountered in trying to manufacture it, when the leadership didn't see it's potential. Numerous photo's of the jet aces including Galland, Bar, Buchner and others. Would recommend it if you are interested in your WW II aircraft and the guys who flew them.
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Great Product, Excellent Transaction AAA+++
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 Mar. 2017
By Cate Frame - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new weapon to Germany's arsenal. 25 Feb. 2009
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Testing the He-176, then the He-178, the new weapon to enter Germany's arsenal has flown; the jet!
The jets were a success, but Hitler rejected the new plane, trusting that Germany's airpower with the old Bf-109 will be enough to battle the Allies. What a big mistake! If he would have brought the jet into service, it would have dominated the skies over the Allied nations.
Development on new jet aircraft still occurred, however, and the introduction of the Me-262 took place in 1943.
The Me-262 was a truly awesome weapon, with about 100 mph. over the Mustang, and with four to six 30-mm cannon (there was even a type that had the 50-mm cannon!), the jet was truly amazing.
But Hitler made his second mistake with the jet; he made almost all the `262s bombers! If he would have let Heinkel and Messerschmitt build jet fighters and bombers early on, the Germans would have won the air war.
If the jet would have been in the hands of many experten, the '262 would have blown any plane out of the sky. It's truly a shame the jet didn't come into service earlier, (but it was fortunate for the Allies). Then there was the He-162, not a pretty jet, and with smaller armament than the Me-262 (2 20-mm cannon compared to 4 30-mm). It was not very popular with it's pilots. And last, the rocket-powered Me-163. Probably the most dangerous to the enemy and the Me-163s' pilot. Using extremely dangerous fuels, if the two fuels touched, a certain death to the pilot, and if the fuels touched the pilots' skin, his skin would be eaten alive! The rocket also had a short time radius, meaning less time engaging enemy bombers.
German aerial warfare is my favorite subject in WWII, and John Weal has not disappointed me again! The book is layed out wonderfully. It starts with the test flights of the He-176 and -178, then explains about the Me-262 and the pilots who flew them, then about the Me-163 and He-162 and it's pilots.
A big plus with this book is the information on Adolf Galland (One of my favorite aces), plus Günther Lutzow, Walter Nowonty, Wolfgang Spate, Kurt Welter, Rudolf Sinner and Hellmut Detjens, (read about the latter when his jets' engine sputters and where the heck he lands! It raised my eyebrows when I read it!).
In all, the book is great; well drawn color plates of Me-163s, Me-262s, He-162's and even an Ar-234! Many photos of aces and planes, wonderful in-depth facts of the aces who flew the next generation of aircraft.
A Recommended book.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great photo's, not Story's! 28 Nov. 2010
By Sonny Burnett - Published on Amazon.com
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Osprey books are great photo albums but they aren't the story telling kind of book I was expecting. That was my mistake. They do have a small amount of storie relating to each pilot but very short in nature.

If your looking for storie's about missions throughout a pilot's tour or the war these are not for you. They tend to follow an aircraft's war career instead of the pilots.

But again nice photo's.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 Mar. 2016
By S. A. - Published on Amazon.com
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Proof of German engineering mind!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good historical compilation 8 Oct. 2009
By Urs Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a good historical summary of facts, giving clear facts and figures. It unveils the comparatively small numbers of jet airplanes that were actually in operation, and the actions taken by some of the leaders (Galland, Gollob) in this terminal phase of WWII.

The technical background - e.g. the difference between axial flow and radial flow turbojet engines - is completely missing. Therefore, it does not really explain the basis for the decisions taken during the development of the first generation of jet fighter airplanes.
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