The first jet-powered aircraft. the Willi Messerschmitt’s Me 262 Stormbird was a potential game changer for the Germans in World War II—but production delays, technical issues and political difficulties minimized its impact. Although it was first used in August, 1944 with claims of only 19 downed Allied aircraft, the performance of the Me 262 far exceeded that of any of its competition.
Historian Colin Heaton interviewed many of the people involved with the Stormbird, including the pilots who flew it and the Allied airmen who flew against it. Their accounts make up a fascinating history of a remarkable aircraft, from the drawing boards to combat in the skies over the Third Reich to its legacy in the age of jet propulsion.
Hardcover Book : 336 pages
Publisher: Motorbooks International Publishers ( May 15, 2012 )
Item #: 13-585627
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 15.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)