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Dornier Do 335: The Luftwaffe's Fastest Piston-Engine Fighter (Classic) [Hardcover]

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The Dornier Do335 all-weather heavy fighter was the fastest piston-engine aircraft produced by Germany in World War II, capable of producing a maximum speed in excess of 750 km/h. This book contains a great deal of little-known and previously unpublished material and dispels many myths about this aircraft, which has been the subject of frequent erroneous assessments over the years. The authors' detailed text and numerous photos cover the Do335's planned development in various forms as a heavily armed day fighter, a night fighter, reconnaissance machien, destroyer/heavy fighter, and a trainer. This book is the result of many years of research and contains superb-quality photos on this remarkable and innovative aircraft.

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Pages   175
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 9" Height: 12"
Weight:   2.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2007
Publisher   Classic Publications
ISBN  1903223679  
ISBN13  9781903223673  

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More About J. Richard Smith, Eddie J. Creek & Gerhard Roletschek

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! J. Richard Smith is indisputedly one of the world's foremost authorities on the history of the Luftwaffe. His works include the landmark publication Jet Planes of the Third Reich as well as Arado 234 Blitz, Luftwaffe Camouflage & Markings 1935 - 45 and numerous other leading aviation titles including several studies in the acclaimed Close Up series.

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The weapon that wasn't  Jul 28, 2008
This latest book on the Do 335 is a concise and interesting look at the development of the what was the world's fastest piston engine fighter. In addition to the expected discussions of mechanical details, a careful reading gives several key reasons as to why such a formidable looking plane, unlike the hopeful and dangerous He 162, was never flown in combat despite all the years of creative effort. The opinion of Adolf Galland, the General der Jagflieger of the Luftwaffe is also noted. Additional discussion of the plane's flying characteristics and reasons behind them would have added significantly to appeal of the book.
For a book like this to be truly successful it must abound in photographs of the featured aircraft, which this one certainly does. In fact, contained within is a high quality print of evidently the only WWII era color photograph of the Do 335 that has yet been published. In this reviewer's opinion the camoflage colors match almost exactly the RLM brown 81 and leaf green 82 as seen in the paint chip samples published in the recent books, Luftwaffe Camouflage & Markings, Volumes 1 and 2 by K. A. Merrick and J. Kiroff. The underside color of the plane however looks to be a pale farbton 76 and not the RLM 65 that was officially designated. Interestingly enough, black and white photos of the same plane show a lot less contrast between the two top shades than one might expect. Check it out!
The Development of an Advanced Airplane During WW II  Jun 6, 2007
At the beginning of World War II the ME-109 fighter was arguably the best fighter in the world. (Arguably because of the Spitfire.) Because Hitler believed that the war was going to be short and of course victorious, he didn't push for the development of new and advanced aircraft. It was only when the war progressed in ways that he couldn't have imagined that he began to allow for the development of more advanced aircraft. One of these was the Do 335, a plane with a tractor engine in front and a pusher engine in the rear. The plane never got into volume production with only about 40 prototypes having been produced. It was the fastest piston engine/propeller aircraft produced. This book is its story. While the plane flew, it was never quite finished with problems remaining with rear engine fires, a weak landing gear, an ejection seat that didn't work being the major of it's failures. The war ended before these got fixed, and by then the development was on jet fighters rather than piston powered.

The interesting part about this book is that it is the story of the development of the plane. You see the problems, their solution, the reaching toward a working version.

If you want to see the one remaining plane, it is at the new Smithsonian museum at Dulles Airport.

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