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Me 262 Stormbird Rising Hardcover – April, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Pub Co (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879389656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879389659
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,078,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 6, 2013
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How could this crude example of technology hold such fascination for devotees? With engines that frequently needed replacement after 25 hours use, wide turning radius, and high stalling speed, it was as hazardous to pilots as enemies. (Postwar US evaluators, starting with two examples, got eight hours on one before an engine fire forced a bailout, and ten hours on the other, then quit for maintenance issues.) Maybe it was capable of challenging the Allied fleets and altering the war. They just were not ready when introduced to combat.
Notice the scrapbook quality of snaps taken during flight testing; the crews, the early prototypes, the wrecks, and mods. Aircraft and engines demanded extensive manufacturing support, even creating underground factory bunkers that exist to this day. Hugh Morgan creates a scholarly review of the people, locations and achievements of the Swallow that staggers my imagination.
The USAAF understood and this intelligence so worried them that they devoted at least a dozen bomb missions on Messerschmitt's Augsburg factory in the first half of 1944, bombed the airfields hosting 262s, and encouraged fighters to ambush takeoffs and landings (when most vulnerable). Read the combat experiences from both German and Allied perspectives. The middle of the book contains profiles of GAF aces who flew the 262, followed by chapters locating the surviving Swallows in far-flung museums. There are aircraft color photos, and color sideviews of unit markings facing p. 97.
Following that is extensive coverage of an effort to recreate jigs and tooling for a small batch of 'new' Swallows centered around a Luftwaffe-trained specialist. These were to be re-engined with modern turbine engines.
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