Item description for Me 163: Rocket Interceptor -Volume 2 (Me 163) by Stephen Ransom & Hans-Hermann Cammann...
Second volume of a two part work on the Luftwaffe's legendary rocket-powered interceptor with new documentary material and previously unpublished photographs as well as contributions from pilots of this unique and daunting aircraft. This book focuses on the operational story, including a detailed diary of point-defense combat operations conducted over Northern Europe by JG 400. There is also a study of late-war training and of the little-known Italian involvement plus a detailed overview of Me 163-based design projects.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.8" Width: 9" Height: 12" Weight: 3 lbs.
Release Date Jan 23, 2004
Publisher Classic Publication
ISBN 190322313X ISBN13 9781903223130
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Me 163 Rocket Interceptor - Volume One Jul 27, 2007
This was obviously a labor of love for the two authors (co-authored by Hans-Hermann Cammann); an extensively researched, comprehensively referenced, definitive work. It's written in English, despite this site's "(German)" suffix to the title. The first chapter (pp 9-38) covers the early development of tailless aircraft, including gliders, up to WWII. The number of tailless designs featured by the early pioneers was quite a surprise to this reader. Many apparently flew successfully, including the D.x series by Dunne, and many of Lippisch's earlier designs. One of the pre-requisites for good handling of a tailless aircraft design is stiff wings. Perhaps it was this difficulty with early construction methods/materials more then any other design challenge that resulted in the norm of tailed aircraft we see today. The second chapter (pp 39-55) runs partly in parallel with the first, detailing the development of rocket propulsion both in rockets (sic) and as applied to aircraft. The rest of the book (pp 56-193 plus appendices) is pretty well devoted to the research and development for the Me 163 plane itself. This commences with a detailed personal account of DFS 194 and Me 163A development by Alexander Lippisch. The book gives insights into the personalities and conflicts involved between Lippisch and the senior Messerschmitt staff (a case of not invented here?). This came to a head when Professor Messerschmitt himself proposing redesign the Me 163 by the addition of a "V" tail! The last chapters detail the Me 163A/B development with the Luftwaffe unit tasked with preparing the aircraft for operation, via a series of diary entries. This gave a fascinating insight into the specific challenges with the Me 163, including provisioning and storage of the fuels, maintenance and training of pilots, and actual development of the plane design itself towards combat readiness. This first book includes detailed technical drawings of all versions/variants of the Me 163A/B, and copious photographs. All in all a fascinating read for anyone interested in the Komet.
Me 163: Rocket Interceptor volume 2 Jan 10, 2007
I bought this as a gift for my husband. He chose the book and thinks it's great.