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3.0 out of 5 stars GREAT PLANE, AVERAGE STORY, 13 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Horten Ho229 "Spirit of Thuringia": The Luftwaffe's All-wing Jet Fighter (Hardcover)
This is the best book on the Ho229, but compared to the other planes in this brilliant Classic Pub series, I wasnt very gripped by this book. It has the usual Classic multi media mix of text, photos and graphics, beautifully presented. But basically, the development of the Horten wings, starting in 1934 with Ho1, was a slow progression by a very small team of designers. The various all-wing planes were all concept development projects, mostly gliders powered by small prop engines, to study the all-wing concept. None of these planes were built in numbers or used in action. There was only 1 jet powered Ho229 built, and it flew a few times in the last weeks of the war. It never achieved the high speeds forecast.
So theres not much of a military angle to this authors story of the Ho229; it never flew combat, never achieved its promised performance, never carried arms. So this story is very dry technical stuff, a bit dull....which is a shame considering how interesting the plane is. Yes, a very very interesting plane, but not a very interesting rendition of the story; a very dry tale of prototypes and what-if projects, its a technical history not a military history. But still essential reading for late-war aviation fans.
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Initial post: 26 Jun 2014, 22:19:56 BST
Sounds like you're blaming the book for the aircraft's real history not being 'exciting' enough for you...

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2014, 11:56:06 BST
BAM says:
yea, kind of. But seriously, i'm comparing this bk to the others in the classic publications series, which are just more interesting books. The horten bk is really scraping every bit of info to be able to fill a slim bk, whether interesting/relevant or not, and considering how interesting the Ho IX is, i'm surprised how dull the bk is. Maybe its poor authorship and dull writing.
but as i say, its still a must have bk, just not as good as the others in the series
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