- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Crown and Random House Value; First American Edition edition (September 24, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0517548542
- ISBN-13: 978-0517548547
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 10.3 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,591,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mosquito Hardcover – September 24, 1984
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Hang a pair of Spitfire engines on a lightweight composite (in this case, wood) airplane and what do you get? A scourge of Germany. Do not make the mistake of thinking a wooden warplane might be weak- Mosquitos carried 4,000 lb bombs as far as Berlin (and sometimes twice in a night). De Havillands built upon their pre-war racers, imagining unarmed bombers whose defense was speed instead of turrets. Contrasted with the heavies used in Bomber Command, they were faster, crewed by two instead of seven, had half as many engines, better than double the fuel mileage, and had lower loss rate, even if they carried just 1/3 the bombload.
Some received the latest engines, allowing them to perform as high-flying leaders following radio beams from England. When the equipment indicated, the Pathfinder's flarebombs would drop serving as aiming points for following Mainforce heavies. In the electronic war, the Mosquito carried predecessors of the Electronic Warfare devices (EW) still used by warplanes today.
While not available in quantities to meet all demands, they became a significant nuisance to the Reich; knowing that Goering planned a speech 30 January 1943, Mosquitos raided the city, forcing everyone into bomb shelters.Read more ›
After learning the history of its development, I wanted some more information. This is truly
a unique design. The illustrations are well worth the price of the book. Anyone interested in
the battle of Britain or old airplanes should just buy the book, while copies are still available.