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on 15 July 2015
I read this the second edition after reading Bill Gunston's excellent Gas Turbine and Piston Engine books. I was hooked and this was more of the same.
The manufacturers are listed alphabetically and as far as I can tell no manufacturer or country has been left out - Mr Gunston says he had to leave a few engines out but you take his word they are minor.
The only critism seems the coverage of the Japanese manufacturers who he covers with less than a page (about 80 lines) and no illustrations. Its almost an O'Level Precis exercise how he covers the engines without a wasted word or extraneous detail.
But forget that this is a great book and when you have read it you will the perfect background to aviations first 75 years of development.
Each manufacturers history is detailed through their engines and each engine is detailed in the context of its problems sucessess and competition.
The early development of the gas turbines across the world is detailed not just UK and Germany. The politics and appathy that plagued the early Whittle engines is contrasted with the support and resources given to German manufacturers. The early jet flights and operational usage in each country is detailed with an objective view of the comparative performances. The meteor was a less areodynamically advanced aircraft than the Me 262 but the service engines were better developed with greater service reliability because of their use and indeed access to strategic high temperature alloys.
The wholesale give away of the UKs of the Jet age lead is mentioned in passing and the Russian and American manufacturers usually start the turbine history with being given complete UK engines and drawings.
I could rabbit on more about things from the book but you would be better advised reading it yourself.
Your can read it from cover to cover and whilst you might get annoyed at how history unfolded you will never be bored.
I read a second hand, second edition, purchased though Amazon
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on 14 December 2013
Whether ancient or modern, you can find it here is useful and informative detail. This guy loves engines and it shows.
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on 11 March 2015
This is a very interesting book, with much good information about all of the great aero engines up to 1985, except, of course, Japanese aero engines.
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