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Product Details

  • Series: Living History (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Pr (June 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574270540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574270549
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,327,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The text content of this book is completely mediocre; what gives it its value are the sharp close-up photographs of two restored Bf 109s. This book has been a great help when modelling and I'd like a similar volume on an early-war 109. --By Kai-Mikael Jää-Aro

I picked this book up on a whim (and also based on how cheap it is - $15.95 NEW? That's unbelievable!), because I'm a computer flight-sim geek who just "enlisted" with an online squadron flying 109s. I wanted to get a good history of the craft in order to bolster my understanding of the plane I'll be spending the majority of my virtual time in. All I can say is - wow. This book well exceeded my expectations. It has an incredibly detailed 16-page textual history of the Bf109, from its conception in 1934, through its final flights with the Luftwaffe in 1945, followed by almost 40 pages of full-color photographs of some restored 109s both on the ground and in the air. There is a close-up photo of the 109's cockpit, which really helped me to appreciate the cockpit I see all the time in my flight sim. There are several photos of a gentleman dressed out in typical Luftwaffe flight gear, going through the pre-flight checklist and taking off. Very cool. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this plane. --Larry Petersen

This is my favorite book on the '109, and I've seen many. It has great photographs of two restored 109's. One is the Mark Hanna restored G-10 on the cover, and the other is a G-2 tropical. My favorite are the closups of the 2,000 HP DB 605D engine showing the huge supercharger and cannon. Also of note are the stories and modern reunion photographs of two aces with this plane, one being #2 ace Gunther Rall. Fantastic. To sum up, a great picture book, but with good text (14 large page small print history at front of book)...not comprehensive as far as blow by blow combat accounts, but a great look at a great plane --By William David McGehee -

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Synopsis A beautifully illustrated book showing detailed photographs of magnificently restored aircraft plus historical photographs from the personal collection of Gunther Rall, the third-ranking ace in history.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2004
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I picked this book up on a whim (and also based on how cheap it is - $15.95 NEW? That's unbelievable!), because I'm a computer flight-sim geek who just "enlisted" with an online squadron flying 109s. I wanted to get a good history of the craft in order to bolster my understanding of the plane I'll be spending the majority of my virtual time in.
All I can say is - wow. This book well exceeded my expectations. It has an incredibly detailed 16-page textual history of the Bf109, from its conception in 1934, through its final flights with the Luftwaffe in 1945, followed by almost 40 pages of full-color photographs of some restored 109s both on the ground and in the air. There is a close-up photo of the 109's cockpit, which really helped me to appreciate the cockpit I see all the time in my flight sim. There are several photos of a gentleman dressed out in typical Luftwaffe flight gear, going through the pre-flight checklist and taking off. Very cool.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this plane.
Incidentally, this is No.5 in the "Living History" series of books. Other aircraft featured are the P51 Mustang, P47 Thunderbolt, the Spitfire, and the B-17, B-24 and Lancaster bombers. Based on the quality of this book, I plan on picking up the rest of the series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William David McGehee on August 14, 2001
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This is my favorite book on the '109, and I've seen many. It has great photographs of two restored 109's. One is the Mark Hanna restored G-10 on the cover, and the other is a G-2 tropical. My favorite are the closups of the 2,000 HP DB 605D engine showing the huge supercharger and cannon. Also of note are the stories and modern reunion photographs of two aces with this plane, one being #2 ace Gunther Rall. Fantastic. To sum up, a great picture book, but with good text (14 large page small print history at front of book)...not comprehensive as far as blow by blow combat accounts, but a great look at a great plane. Thanks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Carter on March 16, 2011
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This excellent book consists of two parts: The text, written by Ron Dick (including a preface by Dan Patterson), and the photographs, which were taken by Dan Patterson. Both combine to present a vivid presentation of one of the most famous aircraft of the Second World War.
Ron Dick's text covers the design, development, and production of every prototype and variant deployed on every front the 109 saw action. His writing is clear and precise, and does not get bogged down in complicated technical details. He also includes nicely done, descriptive biographies on Luftwaffe aces Erich Hartmann and Günther Rall, among others. Dick compares and contrasts the different flying styles of 109 pilots like the stalker/hunter Hartmann, and the free-spirited, dogfighting approach taken by Hans-Joachim Marseille in North Africa.
After the text, the photographs taken by Dan Patterson take you to the end of the book. Patterson does not just take pictures with his camera. A pilot himself, he takes photographs from the perspective of a ground crewman or pilot, and the mood he creates in portraying everything about the 109 is nothing less than spectacular.
Two 109s are photographed, an 'F' in North Africa colors and a 'G' series variant in European Grey. No other book I've read has given me so up close and personal a view of a World War Two airplane. All books about aircraft should be this good!!!
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Very cool book of restored Bf-109s. Looks of nicely done color photos. There were once over a thousand of these warbirds, now there are only several, with only a few being flyable. This is a nice look at those flyers.
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