Infamous Aircraft

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Many aircraft, some famous and some rare, gained a reputation for being difficult to fly and sometimes downright dangerous. This book looks at some of the worst culprits over a period spanning World War One to the age of supersonic flight. The following aircraft are included.

BE.2 - The RFC went to war in it in 1914. The BE was easy to fly and very stable - but it was difficult to maneuver and very easy to shoot down. Tarrant Tabor - The Tabor was grotesque, a massive misfit of...

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Infamous Aircraft: Dangerous Designs and their Vices

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Overview


Many aircraft, some famous and some rare, gained a reputation for being difficult to fly and sometimes downright dangerous. This book looks at some of the worst culprits over a period spanning World War One to the age of supersonic flight. The following aircraft are included.

BE.2 - The RFC went to war in it in 1914. The BE was easy to fly and very stable - but it was difficult to maneuver and very easy to shoot down. Tarrant Tabor - The Tabor was grotesque, a massive misfit of an experimental bomber that predictably came to grief on its first flight. Avro Manchester - The twin-engined Manchester would fly all the way to Berlin and back - only to burst into flames over its own base. Messerschmitt Me 210 - The Me 210 was developed as a successor to Goering's Destroyer, the Bf110. It was a disaster with a phenomenal accident rate. Martin B-26 Marauder - They called the B-26 the Widow-maker, fast and powerful, with some savage characteristics. Reichenberg IV - a manned version of the V-1 flying bomb, was a desperation weapon, its pilots intended to fly suicide missions against Allied shipping. Tu-144 - Rushed prematurely into its test program to beat the Anglo-French Concorde, the TU-144 was intended to be Russia's supersonic dream.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848846586
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 3/19/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Death Over the Trenches: the BE.2 1

2 Sopwith Camel: the Two-edged Sword 13

3 Death of a Giant: the Airship R. 101 22

4 The Mignet Flying Flea: a Dream that Went Wrong 32

5 Me 209: the Deadly Record-breaker 39

6 Trouble with Engines: the Avro Manchester and Hawker Typhoon 46

7 Terrible Twins 55

8 One-way Mission: Germany's Suicide Aircraft 64

9 Japan's 'Flaming Coffins' 73

10 The Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet: Revolutionary and Deadly 83

11 The Parasite Fighters 92

12 France's Experimentals 101

13 Combat Flying Boats: the Jet Age's Lost Cause 112

14 Russia's Early Jets: the Ugly Ducklings 122

15 The X-Craft 134

16 US Combat Aircraft: the Frustrating 'Fifties 145

17 Vertical flight: the Uphill Path 156

Index 168

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