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Secret Wings of WWII (Hardback)

WWII Aviation World War Two Aviation

By Lance Cole
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 243
ISBN: 9781473823440
Published: 10th June 2015





A fascinating investigation - Swindon Links


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There are many myths and legends surrounding the advanced German aeronautical technology of the Second World War. There are also facts and proven events. Yet within these stories and behind these facts lie conspiracy theories, mistaken assumptions and denials that seem to contradict the evidence. So what really happened? How far ahead were the German scientists? And, of even greater interest, why and how?

There have been other books about advanced German wartime aeronautics, yet few authors have fully examined the detail of the designs and their relevance to the fighter and bomber legends of the 1950s and '60s, let alone the current crop of military and civil all-wing or blended-wing aircraft. This book charts the story from it origins, through current-day innovations and beyond, into the all-wing future of tomorrow.

'This is a fascinating and detailed investigation into myths, legends and popular conspiracy theories and attempts to uncover the truth.'

Swindon Links

The book is generally interesting and it reveals many secrets that are not well known outside the aerospace sphere. For the majority of the readers this will be very entertaining and it will present Nazi aerospace technology in a new light.

Military Archive Research - Dr Stuart C Blank

This interesting account seeks to separate the truth from the myths and legends that surround the advanced German aeronautical technology of World War Two. The author examines the detail of the designs and their relevance to the aircraft that followed.

FlyPast - March 2016

For the aviation students and readers who are totally into aviation technique, this is an interesting book.

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About Lance Cole

Lance Cole (48) has been a journalist and author for over 25 years. He was the 1983 Sir William Lyons Scholar and has written features and news items for all the major automotive and aviation titles. Syndicated worldwide, he has also been a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The South China Post, and numerous imprints. He is a regular broadcaster – including with BBC Radio 4. He is the author of 8 books - notably Vickers VC10 with a Foreword by Brian Trubshaw, and Heavies – voted by Alan de Botton as one of his favourite books. Lance is well known for his regular opinions in Flight International magazine. He is a glider pilot and trained designer.

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