Item description for On Special Missions: The Luftwaffe's Research and Experimental Squadrons 1923-1945 (Air War Classics) by J. Richard Smith...
This is the remarkable story of the Verschuchsverband, the Trials and Research Unit of the Luftwaffe High Command, one of the most intriguing, clandestine and rarely-covered elements of the Luftwaffe before and during World War 2. Using previously unpublished recollections from pilots who flew secret, long-range reconnaissance and spy-dropping missions over England, Iraq, Poland and the USSR, as well as hundreds of rare and fascinating photographs, the book recounts the history, operations and aircraft of the unit. Among the unit's many tasks, it was charged with testing and introducing newly developed reconnaissance, bomber and nightfighter aircraft into operational service. These aircraft include 'exotic' types such as the Ar 234 jet, the huge Do 335 fighter and extreme high-altitude Ju 86R.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.2" Width: 8.9" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.95 lbs.
Release Date Apr 11, 2004
Publisher Classic Publications
ISBN 1903223334 ISBN13 9781903223338
Availability 0 units.
More About J. Richard Smith
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.