Great Aircraft of World War II

This book will lead you through the chronological history of this classic aircraft and its involvement in World War II, including details of how the Messerschmitt 109 delivered a series of high-speed diving attacks to break up the enemy ...

Great Aircraft of World War II

A history of the iconic plane, with technical specifications, photographs in action and eyewitness accounts from the pilots who flew it.

Great Aircraft of World War II

In this book, the Spitfire, Lancaster, Messerschmitt, Mustang and Flying Fortress are shown in 500 photographs and illustrations.

Great Aircraft of World War II

In this book, the Spitfire, Lancaster, Messerschmitt, Mustang and Flying Fortress are shown in 500 photographs and illustrations. It is a visual guide to five classic wartime aircraft from 1939-1945: the Supermarine Spitfire, Avro Lancaster, Messerschmitt 109, North American P-51 Mustang and Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. It includes technical specifications detailing each aircraft's armament, power plant, dimensions, weight and performance. It features over 500 action and identification photographs, as well as cutaway diagrams showing the interior construction of these iconic aircraft. The five aircraft described in this book - the Spitfire, Lancaster, Messerschmitt, Mustang and Flying Fortress - emerged from World War II as the truly outstanding designs of that period. This book examines the course of these planes' construction, development, introduction into service and subsequent career in action. Each aircraft is described in detail, with a cutaway drawing to show its interior parts. Combined with numerous eyewitness accounts from pilots and more than 500 identification photographs, the book provides a fascinating insight into the nature of air combat during the most innovative period in wartime history.

Aircraft of World War II 300 of the World s Greatest Aircraft

Contains 300 of the most important & influential military aircraft that fought between 1939 & 1945: fighters, bombers & ground-attack aircraft, in the service of both the Axis & Allied nations.

Aircraft of World War II  300 of the World s Greatest Aircraft

Contains 300 of the most important & influential military aircraft that fought between 1939 & 1945: fighters, bombers & ground-attack aircraft, in the service of both the Axis & Allied nations. These aircraft include the famous Supermarine Spitfire, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, North American P-51 Mustang, Messerschmitt Bf 109 & Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Each of the 300 aircraft is illustrated with the aid of a superb side-view full-color artwork, accompanied by a detailed specifications table giving dimensions, powerplant, armament, performance & weights (with all measurements in British imperial & metric), plus accompanying text that summarizes design, development & service history of each type.

Fighter

The book presents chapters about ten legendary aircraft, each featuring paintings of the fighter in action, multi-view color plates (including cockpits), archival photography for context, and the stories behind the planes' design and ...

Fighter

Plunge into the action, and marvel at ten of the best and best-known World War II fighter aircraft! There's no shortage of fantastic archival aviation photography from World War II. But photos from the period fall short in three major categories: the vast majority are black and white, most were composed under duress, and very few capture moments that have since entered the written record of aerial conflict. Award-winning artist Jim Laurier rectifies the situation in this stunning, large-format, hardcover book celebrating World War II's top fighter aircraft. From design and weaponry to the daring tales of the pilots who flew the aircraft, Fighter! is a unique and lavishly presented look at World War II aviation through the imagination of military aviation's top artist and illustrator. The book presents chapters about ten legendary aircraft, each featuring paintings of the fighter in action, multi-view color plates (including cockpits), archival photography for context, and the stories behind the planes' design and service. The featured aircraft are: the Messerschmitt Bf 109, Hawker Hurricane, Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Mitsubishi A6M Zero, Curtiss P-40, Focke-Wulf Fw 190, Supermarine Spitfire, North American P-51, Republic P-47, and Messerschmitt Me 262. While each of Laurier's paintings and illustrations are breathtaking and technically exacting, the stories highlight key moments in battle and the nostalgia surrounding these fighters and their pilots, offering anecdotes that enhance the art's power. A complete appendix includes key statistics for each aircraft. A warbird history like no other, Fighter! brings the romance of aerial combat, the power of agile takeoffs, and the fury of deadly weapons alive on the page.

Aircraft of the Luftwaffe 1935 1945

This book covers the history and development of the German air force from 1935 to 1945, with descriptions and illustrations of almost all of the Luftwaffe's airplanes, including fighters, jet fighters, dive-bombers, ground attackers, medium ...

Aircraft of the Luftwaffe  1935  1945

One of the most significant innovations in modern warfare has been the appearance and development of air power, a technology which demanded technical and financial investment on a whole new scale and which ultimately changed the fundamental nature of war itself. This book covers the history and development of the German air force from 1935 to 1945, with descriptions and illustrations of almost all of the Luftwaffe’s airplanes, including fighters, jet fighters, dive-bombers, ground attackers, medium and heavy bombers, jet bombers, seaplanes, flying boats and carrier planes, transport and gliders, reconnaissance and training aircrafts, helicopters, and many futuristic projects and other rarities.

Handbook of Great Aircraft of WWII

From that forcing-house of development, five types of aircraft emerged as the truly outstanding combat planes of the era. The stories of their evolution and subsequent combat careers are the subjects of this volume.

Handbook of Great Aircraft of WWII

During the six years of World War II the science of aviation advanced more rapidly than in any other similar period in history. From that forcing-house of development, five types of aircraft emerged as the truly outstanding combat planes of the era. The stories of their evolution and subsequent combat careers are the subjects of this volume.

Powering the Luftwaffe

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Powering the Luftwaffe

Aviation technology progressed by leaps and bounds during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Although much of this was due to advances in airframe design, much less appreciated is the role of aero engine development. This book focuses on this aspect, particularly German piston aero engine design and development, which has been generally under researched and under published compared to Allied piston aero engines. It covers key piston aero engines such as those produced by Daimler-Benz, BMW, and Junkers, as well as less well appreciated engines such as those produced by Siemens, Argus, and Hirth. It also covers turbojets and rockets, particularly the Junkers Jumo 004 and Walter 109-509 that powered the infamous Messerschmitt Me 262 and Me 163 jet and rocket fighters. Finally, the book concludes with tables comparing Allied and German piston engines, a glossary of key terms, and a bibliography....

Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerst rer Aces of World War 2

This volume is the first of its type to be devoted exclusively to the Zerstörer day fighter aces, spanning the war years from Poland to the defence of the Reich.

Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerst  rer Aces of World War 2

This volume is the first of its type to be devoted exclusively to the Zerstörer day fighter aces, spanning the war years from Poland to the defence of the Reich. Although Messerschmitt's single-engined Bf 109 has received most of the plaudits for achieving virtual air superiority over Europe in 1939-40, the exploits of the manufacturer's twin-engined Bf 110, the Ju 88 and the Me 410 Zerstörer in the first year of the war also make for very impressive reading. Indeed, on the eve of World War 2 a posting to a Bf 110 unit was considered to be the best career move available in the Luftwaffe.

101 Great Fighters

Messerschmitt Bf 109 Germany's standard single-seat fighter at the start of World
War II, the Bf 109E was crucial to Luftwaffe success over the ... COUNTRY OF
ORIGIN: Germany TYPE: (Bf 109E-4) single-seat fighter POWERPLANT: one
1175 hp (876 kW) Daimler-Benz DB 601Aa ... Still in production (23,500 aircraft)
at the end ofWorld War II, the Bf 109G was numerically the most important Bf 109
variant.

101 Great Fighters

Presents a chronological history of 101 of the world's best fighter planes from the biplanes of World War I to today's advanced jets.

The Unknown Battle of Midway

A graceful plane, the design of Japan's greatest aeronautical engineer, Jiro
Horikoshi, the Zero is remembered as the equal of the other great fighter planes
of World War II, the British Spitfire, the German Messerschmitt 109, and the
American ...

The Unknown Battle of Midway

“A memoir and more . . . Kernan brings this maritime battle superbly to life. . . . And he narrates the air assault in gripping detail” (The Wall Street Journal). The Battle of Midway is considered the greatest US naval victory, but behind the luster is the devastation of the American torpedo squadrons. Of the 51 planes sent to attack Japanese carriers only 7 returned, and of the 127 aircrew only 29 survived. Not a single torpedo hit its target. A story of avoidable mistakes and flawed planning, The Unknown Battle of Midway reveals the enormous failures that led to the destruction of four torpedo squadrons but were omitted from official naval reports: the planes that ran out of gas, the torpedoes that didn’t work, the pilots who had never dropped torpedoes, and the breakdown of the attack plan. Alvin Kernan, who was present at the battle, has written a troubling but persuasive analysis of these and other little-publicized aspects of this great battle. The standard navy tactics for carrier warfare are revealed in tragic contrast to the actual conduct of the battle and the after-action reports of the ships and squadrons involved. “An incisive and laconic writer, Kernan knows his facts and presents them with deep feeling. A World War II must-read.” —Booklist “I read The Unknown Battle of Midway in one sitting. It is a momentous piece of work, reeking of the authenticity of carrier warfare as experienced by the flight crews.” —Sir John Keegan, author of A History of Warfare “An emotionally powerful story, not merely one of war but of its lasting effects.” —The Times Literary Supplement