- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 648,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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German Jet Aces of World War 2 (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces) Paperback – 15 Jan 1998
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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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Top Customer Reviews
What a bore!
Same old pics like in a dozen other books. Nothing new or inspiring.
Save your money.
Theres much better books out there!
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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.
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.
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.