If you have "Luftwaffe Secret Projects-fighters," by Walter Schick and Ingolf Meyer, this complementary volume on Strategic bombers is a "must have." The book is well written and brings to light a number of previously unseen aircraft designs. The presentation is typical of current Midland books and the illustrations are first rate. I particularly liked the background information on Luftwaffe officials and company designers, often accompanied by rare photographs that put faces to names. There are a few anomalies to be found, such as Chapter Eight, which briefly diverts onto tactical bombers. To my way of thinking, the word "Strategic," should have been left off the main title. You will also find a few gaps here and there, with little information on the advanced Arado 234 proposals (prior to E.560) or the various plans to use this jet as a launch platform for the Fi 103 flying bomb. Two other notable omissions are the Sanger spaceplane and the manned A-9 rocket, which were both serious long range bomber proposals for use against North American targets. I hope there are plans to bring out a third volume which deals with German WW11 ramjet and rocket powered designs. Everything said, this is an excellent piece of work and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in military aviation.
This is a superb book that will delight any keen student of aviation history . The book is superbly illustrated and wonderfully well-written . The aircraft contained in its pages will blow you away . You will be amazed at the imagination embodied in their design . A truly amazing book covering mind-blowing concepts of aircraft design . You cannot fail to delight in this book !!!!
A very useful reference for alternative WWII air wargamers, and those interested in the development of military jets. It shows how the Germans could have nuked New York, assuming they could scrape together the strategic materials to build them and the fuel to fly them, and the Russians hadn't overrun Berlin - a nuclear bomb would have been handy as well. But apart from those minor drawbacks.....
I have been looking for this particular type of book for ages as i have been making model aircraft for some time and have lately been drawn towards the very first jets especialy 1945 Germany.What a raft of genius came out of such hellish and outlandish politics! If the resources had been available to the Luftwaffe we should not now live in a free world.This book is extremly well laid out and especially easy to access your particular plane. Most excellent illustrations and easy to follow technical information, accessable to the amatour and not to boringly academic. I would readily recomend this book to both the aviation enthusiast and book browser.
Thumbing through this book is like reading a 1950s pulp science fictioncomic: pictures and illustrations of wildly exotic aircraft abound. Itchronicles Nazi Germany's remarkable scientific achievements in the fieldof aviation, the emphasis of course being the bomber projects. Most of these projects thankfully never left the wind tunnel (if they evengot that far), let alone front line use, but the Luftwaffe's enormousinfluence on the combat aircraft today can be traced among the pages ofthis excellent book.
For those who are interested in this subject area, this book, together with the two other volumes of this series, provides an excellent general survey about the thoughts of the German aviation industry during WWII. Many design features can be recognized in later American, British and Sowjet developments. For those enthusiasts interested in aeronautical history this book is very exciting.