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Dornier Do 335: An Illustrated History

Dornier Do 335: An Illustrated History
Autor: Karl-Heinz Regnat
Data publikacji: 2004-09-00
ISBN: 9780764318726
Wydawca: Schiffer Publishing
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 28.2 x 22 x 2.4 cm
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 316
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Opis produktu:
This is the first comprehensive, well-illustrated documentation on the Do 335, one of the milestones in German aviation history. The Do 335 was developed by Dornier as a heavy fighter in 1943. One of the last high-performance piston-engined aircraft designed, the Do 335 was powered by tandem fore-aft engines, a concept proven in numerous Dornier flying boats. As a result of this configuration, drag was reduced to little more than that of a single-engined aircraft, enabling the Do 335 to achieve very high speeds. The Do 335 represented the apex of propeller-driven aircraft in the Second World War.
 
This book is overall an excellent treatise on the technical characteristics of the Do 335. The systems and structure are covered in great detail with text and illustrations (both photographs and drawings). Especially commendable is the thorough treatment of the main powerplant, the DB 603; probably the most thorough description I have seen anywhere In these respects this book is definitely superior to Classic's Do 335 book.

The physical quality of the book is excellent as far as paper, binding and printing are concerned. David Johnston has translated the demanding technical language very well. However, as is too frequent with this publisher, the editing and design leave something to be desired. First, plenty of German text in illustrations and tables is untranslated. Second, it seems that the shorter space required by English text vs. German has not been taken account giving an unnecessarily high page count.Third, there are annoying hiccups like a first part of a direct quote being italicized whereas the rest is not. I just wish this publisher would realize the harm this lack of care causes!
 


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