Aviation technology progressed by leaps and bounds during the late 1930s and early 1940s Although much of this was due to advances in airframe design, much less appreciated is the role of aero engine development This book focuses on this aspect, particularly German piston aero engine design and development, which has been generally under researched and under published compared to Allied piston aero engines It covers key piston aero engines such as those produced by Daimler Benz, BMW, and Junkers, as well as less well appreciated engines such as those produced by Siemens, Argus, and Hirth It also covers turbojets and rockets, particularly the Junkers Jumo 004 and Walter 109 509 that powered the infamous Messerschmitt Me 262 and Me 163 jet and rocket fighters Finally, the book concludes with tables comparing Allied and German piston engines, a glossary of key terms, and a bibliography....
|Title||:||Powering the Luftwaffe: German Aero Engines of World War II|
|Publisher||:||FriesenPress February 5, 2018|
|Number of Pages||:||104 pages|
|File Size||:||695 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Powering the Luftwaffe: German Aero Engines of World War II Reviews
When I ordered this book, I thought that the author had conducted his own research into the development of some of the most important aero engines of the Second World War. It turns out that much of the book appears to have been assembled from Wikipedia articles. While such articles can be useful info sources, this book still seems incomplete. There are a number of glaring inadequacies, such as:
Jason R. Wisniewski's "Powering the Luftwaffe: German Aero Engines of World War II" is a great introduction to the engines that powered many famous, and not so famous, Luftwaffe aircraft. Other reviewers have mentioned that the tome reads much like a research paper, and to a great extent that is very true; however I completely appreciated the way the text was presented and felt that the foot notes and citations that Wisniewski offered throughout the text were relevant and informative to say the least. Quoting notable aviation journalists and authors like Bill Gunston also greatly aided the text in terms of relevancy in my opinion.
Unlike another Kindle book on all the Nazi era experimental designs of aircraft which was limited in content but had a wide coverage of designs, this one is limited in detail, only has photos taken from websites and references also taken from websites. this is hardly high quality and verified information!
Not what I expected ,it leaves you expecting more and it doesn't fill the necessity for a true book on German engine's I am very disappointed.
A bit light-on in technical detail. Author has relied heavily on well known sources of material on the subject. Not a great document
Excellent resource. Came on time
Most of the reviews and reactions above are correct in assessing this book as basically a compilation of general knowledge, plus some specs, of the range of German engines used by Luftwaffe aircraft during WWII. It's more of a catalog of the engines than a history. Nevertheless, I needed this book: I needed all of this basic information in one place, and it does that, a little pamphlet that I can reach for quickly. The title, "Powering the Luftwaffe" implies that there's going to be some kind of narrative, i.e., a history of the development of German engine technology and, in that, it is a misleading title. That book has yet to be written. A more fitting title might have been, "A Field Guide to WWII Luftwaffe Powerplants." Also, some better quality illustrations from original sources, e.g., German tech manuals, or Allied intelligence analyses, would've been helpful, and served to dress up the look of the book. When you consider that an aircraft starts with a good engine, and is molded around it (Lindbergh could never conceive of successfully crossing the Atlantic non-stop until the Wright J5 "Whirlwind" was available, an engine that could run continuously for 50-plus hours without problems), which makes this is a worthy topic, and why people like us study books on aircraft engines.