Helicopters of the Third Reich
9 x 12 224 pgs 15 color & 360+ b&w photos 70+ line drawings index bibliography The result of 15 years research, this book is the first comprehensive account of the development of auto-gyros and helicopters in Germany during the period 1930-1945. It sheds much light on an area of considerable aeronautical achievement, which has until now been unjustly neglected.German progress in this field has been overshadowed by developments in other areas. Yet by the end of World War II, despite minimal funding, lukewarm official support and bitter inter-service rivalries, the Germans were, undoubtedly, technologically way ahead of their American counterparts in the development of rotating wing aircraft. This book, which will become the definitive work on the subject, is fully illustrated throughout with many photos which are believed to have been unpublished until now.
AUTHORS PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
FOREWORD BY KURT HOHENEMSER
PRINCIPLES OF ROTARYWINGED FLIGHT
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able achieved Adolf Hitler aircraft airfield altitude American appears attempt August autogyro autorotation began Bode carried cockpit Command completed considered construction continued course December demonstration Dipl.-Ing display E-Stelle early engine equipment February Flettner flew flight flown flying Focke Achgelis forward fuel further fuselage German Gerstenhauer given ground head helicopter hover initial instruction intended interest January joined July June known landing later Laupheim lifting located Luftwaffe machine March mechanic mins minutes mounted Notes November October Officer operational photograph pictured pilot position possible powered production prototypes proved recalled received Rechlin remained returned Right rotor blades September speed subsequently successful taken Technical test programme took transferred Travemünde trials turn U-boat unit W.Nr Whilst wind