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The first in an exceptional four part work covering the design, development and operational history of the Messerschmitt Me 262, the world's first operational military jet aircraft. Internationally acclaimed authors J. Richard Smith and Eddie J. Creek have drawn on more than thirty years of detailed and unrivalled research. Here for the first time, is the full story of the concept, design, troubled development and contested operational deployment of possibly one of the most enigmatic war machines ever built. The book details the disputes, emnity and bitterness that the project provoked among the Nazi political, military and aviation hierarchy along the development process, right to the eventual appearance of the first aircraft with the Luftwaffe's first operational jet trials units.The story is complemented by a portrait of the early life and accomplishments of Willy Messerschmitt as well as a detailed study of the early and pioneering German work in the field of turbojet engine design and development.The book is heavily illustrated with close on 300 photographs, many never published before, together with more than 50 high-precision technical scale drawings of the Me 262 prototype aircraft, wing and undercarriage design and projected developments plus 20 full colour interpretations, detailed appendices covering camouflage and markings and biographies of many of the personalities associated with the design and testing of this aircraft.
The most detailed account of the development and operation of the German Messerschmitt 262 jet fighter ever published. Published in four volumes, this series offers unmatched analysis of the aircraft, its operators and the personalities of the day -- pilots, aces, engineers and the German WWII high command. Heavily illustrated with rare photos, plus foldout artwork and technical diagrams.
In this, the second volume of their unprecedented study of the Messerschmitt Me262, internationally renowned authors J. Richard Smith and Eddie J. Creek have drawn on more than 30 years of unrivaled research to continue the story of the world's first operational military jet aircraft. Using the frank and concise personal reports of Messerschmitt's front-line inspectors, as well as combat reports and other eye-witness accounts, the authors reveal the later tactical successes and failures of the aircraft as it was initially deployed in both the fighter role with Kommando Nowotny and in the bomber role with Kommando Schenk and KG51 over the western front in the autumn of 1944. Also included is an in-depth look at the array of ingenious and formidable weapons systems designed for the aircraft as well as detailed descriptions of the projected rocket-powered interceptor, BMW-engine, and heavily armed and armored variants. With 370 photographs - many never before published - together with more than 30 high-precision technical scale drawings plus 30 full-color interpretations and biographies of many of the military personalities associated with the early operations of the aircraft, this study is unquestionably the most comprehensive account of the Me262 ever written. It will be an essential requirement for those interested in early jet craft development and military aviation history.
This is the most detailed study ever published on the Me 262: the world's first operational military jet aircraft. The authors have drawn on more than 30 years of detailed and unrivaled research. Each volume includes vintage photos, detailed diagrams, and foldouts of the Me 262, along with full-color illustrations of many of the variants produced by Messerschmitt. Incredible detail.
9 x 12-1/2 220 pgs 300 color & b&w photos 30 color illustrations, 50 scale drawings, line illustrations, maps, & appendices In this, the second volume of their study of the Messerschmitt Me 262, J. Richard Smith and Eddie J. Creek examine the impact the Me 262 made on the course of the European air war following its operational debut with Erpobungskommando 262 in the summer of 1944. This extraordinary new aircraft was a vital element to a possible revival of Nazi Germany's flagging war effort. Using combat reports and eye-witness accounts, the authors reveal the later tactical successes and failures of the aircraft as it was deployed in both the fighter role with Kommando Nowotny and in the bomber role with Kommando Schenk and KG 51 over the western front in the autumn of 1944.This book includes an in-depth look at the array of weapons systems designed for the aircraft as well as detailed descriptions of the projected rocket-powered interceptor and heavily armed and armored variants. Many never-before-published photographs and high-precision technical scale drawings plus full-color interpretations and biographies of many of the military personalities associated with the early operations of the aircraft.