Pen and Sword Books: The First Jet Pilot by Lutz Warsitz

The First Jet Pilot
The First Jet Pilot (3 reviews)
The Story of German Test Pilot Erich Warsitz
by Lutz Warsitz
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Found in: Aviation History Books
World War Two Aviation,
Aviation Memoirs
176 pages
ISBN: 9781844158188
Published: 19 November 2008
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On 27 August 1939, Flugkapitan Erich Warsitz became the first man to fly a jet aircraft, the Heinkel He 178 and in June of the same year he flew the first liquid-fuel rocket aircraft, the Heinkel He 176. His legendary flying skills enabled him to assist the pioneering German aircraft and engine design teams that included Wernher von Braun and Ernst Heinkel. He repeatedly risked his life extending the frontiers of aviation in speed, altitude and technology and survived many life-threatening incidents.

This book is written by Erich's son who has used his father's copious notes and log books that explain vividly the then halcyon days of German aviation history. Warsitz was feted by the Reich's senior military figures such as Milch, Udet and Lucht and even Hitler keenly followed his experimental flying. Little is known of this pioneer period because of the strict secrecy which shrouded the whole project - it is a fascinating story that tells of the birth of the jet age and flight as we know it today. The book includes many unseen photographs and diagrams.
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This book is the story of this remarkable pilot and the birth of jet flight as we know today. An easy and informative page turner, it features many previously unpublished photographs, illustrations and diagrams.
Nicholas Mclndoe
This book is nothing short of a gem for anyone interested in real aviation history.

I could end the review there, because in my opinion, that one sentence sums up everything about the book.... [read full review]

Rob Neil, Pacific Wing Magazine
A fascinating read and an invaluable insight into the workings of pre and wartime test flying under the Third Reich.
Military Aircraft Monthly
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