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Bachem Ba 349 Natter

Author : David Myhra
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The pilot-operated Bachem Ba 349 "Natter" ("Adder") was one of several unexpected new weapons Germany was seeking to perfect for a more effective defense against Allied heavy bombers. The idea of the ground-to-air missile to slow down, if not stop, attacking aircraft was one of the greatest developments to come out of World War II, and Germany led the field. David Myhra has taken 240 photographs and illustrations from his collection and presents the world's first defense interceptor missile - the manned Ba 349 "Natter." AUTHOR:

Bachem Ba 349 Natter

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The Bachem Ba 349 Natter was a secretive, vertical take-off, single-seat rocket interceptor intended to offer high-speed defence of key targets. This radical aircraft offered Luftwaffe an inexpensive means with which to intercept and attack Allied heavy bombers using a vertically-launched, semi-expendable machine built of wood and armed with a nose-mounted 'honeycomb' battery of spin-stabilised air-to-air rockets as well as cannon armament. Launched vertically at 36,000ft per minute, the pilot was expected to fly within range of the enemy bombers, fire his rockets at them, ram another bomber, eject and parachute to the ground. Illustrated with contemporary photographs and stunning commissioned artwork, this study examines this inventive yet ultimately unsuccessful attempt by the Luftwaffe to defend against the tide of Allied aircraft that was bombing German cities into the ground.

X Planes

Author : Manfred Griehl
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Renowned German aviation specialist Manfred Griehl has collected a unique and valuable selection of photographs of Luftwaffe projects that never made it into battle. They remained on the drawing board or at prototype stage either because they were deemed unsuitable or the developers simply ran out of time and the projects never went into production. Most photographs come from the development sites and testing grounds of the major manufacturers of Nazi Germany: companies such as Dornier, Junkers, Focke-Wulf and Heinkel all received funding from the government to develop bigger and faster aircraft. A huge amount of private testing went on with major organizations such as Daimler-Benz, BMW and Siemens investing huge amounts in new engine systems and other advances such as radar. This book also details the innumerable alterations that were made to existing service aircraft to equip them for new roles. There are examples of Fw190s developed for the delivery of chemical and toxic weapons, the high altitude Junkers EF 61, the early prototype WNF 342 helicopter as well as numerous examples of developmental jet fighters that could very well have been realized had it not been for the effectiveness of the Allied bombing campaign in restricting the supply of necessary materials.

Wunderwaffen The secret weapons of World War II

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Vergeltungswaffen, retaliatory weapon, was a term coined during the Second World War to represent some Wunderwaffe, miraculous weapons, that Germany was developing. The "miracle" weapons, according to the propaganda, would have given a clear technological superiority of the German army and would have radically changed the course of the conflict, which has now clearly turned in favor of the Allies. The most famous Wunderwaffe, as well as some of the few to have been completed and widely used, were the Vergeltungswaffe, "vengeance weapons"; most still Wunderwaffe remained at the project level, as the German military nuclear program, or prototypes, such as the Panzer VIII Maus. Among the most famous are cited: the V1 flying bomb, the fighter interceptor Bachem Ba 349 Natter, the rocket V2, Wasserfall anti-aircraft missile, the V3 cannon and the cannon 21 cm K 12 (E). While the V1 can be considered a first draft of cruise missile, as it was flying on a cruise route to the target before you fall on the objective, the V2 rocket was the first real man-made and used in an armed conflict. Initially these weapons had their own names, but for the purposes of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels coined the name Vergeltungswaffen, "retaliatory weapons", since they were the first to bomb British popular districts of German cities, slaughtering innocent civilians.

Sack AS 6 Source of Nazi Germany UFO Claims

Author : David Myhra PhD
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Much has been written about the alleged existence of Nazi flying saucers or disk-shaped flying machines from World War II, however, despite claims of a few would-be obscure former Nazi aviation designers from about mid-1947 and on, there are no original first-hand historical accounts or documents to support these claims. The closest aircraft to fit these descriptions is the Sack AS 6 V1, by a farmer and model builder/flier Arthur Sack, whose AS 6 and Sack himself disappeared completely in 1945. Enjoy reading and viewing the rare photographs about the truth about Nazi Germanys' "Flying Saucers".

Britain s Greatest Aircraft

Author : Robert Jackson
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During the last century the British aircraft industry created and produced many outstanding aeroplanes. These aircraft were world leaders in advanced technology, utilizing inventions by British engineers and scientists such as radar, the jet engine, the ejector seat and vertical take-off and landing. This book describes the design-history, development and operational careers of twenty-two legendary military and civil aeroplanes. Each one has played a significant part in aviation history. Sopwith Camel, SE.5, Bristol F2B Fighter and the Airco DH4 were all great successes in the relatively early days of flight. In the thirties the Bristol Bulldog fighter was an outstanding export success and the Short 'C' Class flying boat, later to become the Sunderland of World War II fame, pioneered the long-distance routes to the Empire. The pugnacious foreign policy of Hitler's Reich rung sudden alarm bells, rapid advances in fighting aircraft for the RAF became a premium objective. The brilliant Geodic construction of the Vickers Wellington bomber helped it survive terrible punishment throughout World War II, both the Hawker Hurricane and the Supermarine Spitfire saved England from invasion and the Bristol Beaufighter, de Havilland Mosquito and Avro Lancaster took the war to enemy soil. The Gloster Meteor became the word's first operational jet fighter and the English Electric Canberra became the RAF's first jet bomber and was manufactured under licence in the USA as the Martin B-57. In post-war years the Vickers Viscount became the world's first turboprop airliner and eventually became Britain's best selling commercial aircraft, whilst the de Havilland Comet became the world's first jet airliner. Despite Britain's recessionary years in the 50s and early 60s, military success came with the beautiful Hawker Hunter, the super-sonic Fairey Delta experimental aircraft that broke the World Air Speed Record and the Vickers Valiant that pioneered the operational techniques to deliver Britain's nuclear deterrent. Later, there followed the Mach 2 English Electric Lightning and the ill-fated TSR-2, the cancellation of which is still regarded as one of the greatest mistakes ever made in British aviation history. Finally, the Harrier, the world's first vertical take-off and landing jet fighter that is still in service and now only being built in the USA. Finally the Harrier, the world's first vertical take-off and landing jet fighter, still in service and now being further developed in the USA.

Europe s Space Programme

Author : Brian Harvey
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A first, comprehensive account of the development of Europe’s highly successful space programme.- Explains the politics, science and organisation of the European Space Programme and the many technological achievements of its satellites and rockets.- Highlights the major contributions of the European Space Agency’s scientific and applications programmes and puts them in a global perspective.- Focuses on Europe placing the various national programmes in a European context.

Project Natter

Author : Brett Gooden
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In 1944, in response to the bombing of German cities and factories by the Allies, an inventor named Erich Bachem developed ‘Projekt Natter’ (‘Viper’), an extraordinary, highly-secret, vertical take-off, semi-expendable, single-seat rocket-fighter armed with a nose-mounted ‘honeycomb’ of 73-mm or 55-mm spin-stabilized air-to-air rockets as well as 30-mm cannon. The Natter was intended to offer high-speed defense of key targets. Once blasted into the air from its vertical launch tower, the pilot of the Natter was to climb towards an enemy formation using an internal rocket, target an enemy bomber and fire his battery of rockets. He would then use the remaining kinetic energy to climb higher than the bombers in order to mount a ramming attack. Just before impact, the pilot was to trigger a mechanism that would activate an ejection seat and separate the rocket unit, which would return to earth by means of an automatically deployed parachute for reuse. Relatively little has been published on the Natter and this book will provide a detailed and definitive account of this unusual but fascinating aircraft. This will be required reading for all those interested in the history of the Luftwaffe during World War II, particularly for those fascinated by the radical and revolutionary projects which German aircraft designers contrived toward the end of the Nazi regime.

Air Pictorial

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German Jet Genesis

Author : David Masters
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German Rocket Planes

Author : Manfred Griehl
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A comprehensive study study examines the rocket planes' appearance and markings and the pilots who flew and tested the aircraft.


Author : Aero Publishers, inc
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Brief text and captioned photographs describe the design, technical details, and operations of the Kamikaze attack planes.

The Fantastic Cutaway Book of Speed

Author : Jon Richards
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Captioned illustrations provide information about some of the world's fastest vehicles on land, sea, and in the air and describes recent record-setting attempts.

German Aircraft of World War 2 in Colour

Author : Kenneth Munson
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Illustrates over one hundred Luftwaffe aircraft using scale drawings as well as actual photographs and includes technical data and a commentary on the service of each

The Encyclopedia of Aircraft

Author : Robert Jackson
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This book features over 3,000 aircraft, including every significant military and civil fixed-wing type, as well as helicopters and convertiplanes, from over 1,000 manufacturers. For easy reference the entries are listed alphabetically by manufacturer, then chronologically by date of first flight. Detailed specifications are given for a specific variant of each key aircraft, including performance, dimensions, weight, range, and payload.

World War II fighting jets

Author : Jeffrey L. Ethell
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BAe McDD Harrier

Author : Lindsay Peacock
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Discusses airframe design, history and development, structure, operational requirements, and service life of the British plane that can rise vertically on jets of air, slow dramatically and unpredictably in combat, and perform other remarkable flying feat

Suicide Squads of World War II

Author : Richard O'Neill
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Jane s Encyclopedia of Aviation

Author : Bill Gunston
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The Compact Timeline of Aviation History

Author : Anthony A. Evans
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'The Compact Timeline of Aviation History' encompasses the entire history of flight, from the days of legends, balloons and gliders to the latest high-tech aircraft.