By the title alone you know you will like this book and I am pleased to say it does not disappoint once you get inside. This one is a cracker from first to last. The book opens with a really useful explanation of the set-up of aircraft procurement and testing under the Nazis. It became something of a labyrinth as empires were built and expanded upon by power hungry men. The author details the many test sites where development took place and it helps to illustrate the huge amount of effort that went into the growth of German air power. The author draws our attention to the fact that while it could do next to nothing about the manufacturing power of it's enemies the Luftwaffe made the huge mistake of developing too many types while not sticking to the manufacture of successful models. This is another of those dip in and out books I really enjoy. I will always like more snaps, but those we get are fascinating and the info is all good stuff. - War History Online "X-planes" is a fascinating look at an amazing chapter in aviation history. -Toy Soldier & model figureVom Verlag:
Renowned German aviation specialist Manfred Griehl has collected a unique and valuable selection of photographs of Luftwaffe projects that never made it into battle. They remained on the drawing board or at prototype stage either because they were deemed unsuitable or the developers simply ran out of time and the projects never went into production.Most photographs come from the development sites and testing grounds of the major manufacturers of Nazi Germany: companies such as Dornier, Junkers, Focke-Wulf and Heinkel all received funding from the government to develop bigger and faster aircraft. A huge amount of private testing went on with major organisations such as Daimler-Benz, BMW and Siemens investing huge amounts in new engine systems and other advances such as radar.This book also details the innumerable alterations that were made to existing service aircraft to equip them for new roles. There are examples of Fw190s developed for the delivery of chemical and toxic weapons, the high altitude Junkers EF 61, the early prototype WNF 342 helicopter as well as numerous examples of developmental jet fighters that could very well have been realised had it not been for the effectiveness of the Allied bombing campaign in restricting the supply of necessary materials.
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