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Secret Wings of World War Two (Paperback)

Nazi Technology and the Allied Arms Race

WWII Aviation Aviation in WWII

By Lance Cole
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 264
Illustrations: 25 black and white
ISBN: 9781526782021
Published: 17th August 2020
Last Released: 7th July 2021


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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.

"An essential work for any aeronautical historian with a liking for geo-political machinations."
A sense of this provocative book’s direction can be found as early as page 26 where, following mention of the 1945 technology-gathering mission to defeated Nazi Germany led by the Bristol Aeroplane Company’s Sir Roy Fedden, the author asks, ‘The reader may indeed wonder, given such all-wing expertise at Bristol, how on earth the lumbering Bristol Brabazon came about’.
If we throw into this mix talk of ‘disc-effect’ – flying saucers to the layman – this is an excellent, even essential, work for any aeronautical historian with a liking for geo-political machinations.

Philip Styles, Archivist at The Shackleton Association, September 2020

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speedreaders.info - Sabu Advani

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

Aviation Book Reviews - Joris Gonggrijp

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

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

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About Lance Cole

Lance Cole has been a motoring and aviation writer and PR for over 30 years. He is also an internationally published photographer, illustrator and designer. The author of over 20 books, he has a parallel career as a news correspondent and TV camera-journalist. But it is old cars and their design and driving that fascinates him. He has driven Saabs all over the world and contributed to Saab design when he was a young design student. Lance wrote Erik Carlsson’s obituary for the Daily Telegraph.

Lance currently lives in England but yearns for a return to the outback of Australia where old cars rule.

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