Sharks of the Air: Willy Messerschmitt and How He Built the World's First Operational Jet Fighter [NOOK Book]

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Sharks of the Air tells the story of Willy Messerschmitt’s life, and shows how this aeronautical genius built many revolutionary airplanes—not excluding the Luftwaffe’s mainstay, the Me-109—and culminating in the Me-262. It describes how his various warplanes fought in Spain, Poland, France, Britain, the U.S.S.R., and over Germany, and it provides thrilling accounts of air battles drawn from combat reports and interviews with veterans.

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Overview

Sharks of the Air tells the story of Willy Messerschmitt’s life, and shows how this aeronautical genius built many revolutionary airplanes—not excluding the Luftwaffe’s mainstay, the Me-109—and culminating in the Me-262. It describes how his various warplanes fought in Spain, Poland, France, Britain, the U.S.S.R., and over Germany, and it provides thrilling accounts of air battles drawn from combat reports and interviews with veterans.

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Harvey (Dead Game) a pilot with 40 years of experience, examines not only the life of Messerschmitt, but the rapidly changing world during the first half of the 20th century. Following WWI, Messerschmitt made a name for himself designing gliders and powered gliders in the 1920s. By the mid-1930s, with Germany openly defying the Treaty of Versailles, he'd designed and built the Bf-109 fighter, the world's fastest all-metal fighter aircraft. In 1939, he submitted plans for a jet powered fighter that would become the Me-262, a revolutionary aircraft. An unnamed American General even speculated that the Me-262 could have prevented the Normandy Invasion, but changes sent down by the Air Ministry and unreliable jet engines delayed its operational use until 1944. In chronicling Messerschmitt and his era, Harvey also exposes the cutthroat politics among top Nazi officials, all jockeying to be Hitler's favorite. With all of the political intrigues and maneuvering, it is no surprise that the "1000-year Reich" lasted only 12 years. Well researched and written with verve. (Jan. 5)
World War II Magazine
Gear head's history at heart, spiced with bracing air battle accounts of Willy's planes in action and an adulterous affair with a baroness.
Journal of Americas Military Past
...demonstrates a mastery and understanding...Readers who enjoy detailed battle writing should like Tucker’s text...members who are interested in the story of the Alamo and on the creation and veneration of myth in American History should read...”
Military Scale
"...uses his 40 years of flying experience and experience of aviation to tell the fascinating story of Messerschmitt and how, given the right conditions, Messerschmitt and other German aircraft designers could have changed the course of WWII."
Aeroplane
...interesting in its coverage of the famous designer and his problems with the authorities....Written in an open style...easy to read...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612000237
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 522,494
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    A rare view from the German side of aircraft manufacture

    A great book. It has lots of back story from the German point of view. Things like the difficulty in getting materials, what it was like building planes for Germany and problems they ran into during productiom. I would highly reccomend this to anuone who likes to read about airplanes.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

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    Good read, but not Great

    This book was an interesting read, telling the story from the other side. But in some ways it read more like a novel. This does make the subject matter more palatable for the less well informed, but it lacks depth.

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