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Junkers Ju88 Volume 1: From Schnellbomber to Multi-Mission Warplane

Junkers Ju88 Volume 1: From Schnellbomber to Multi-Mission Warplane
Autor: William A. Medccalf
Data publikacji: 2013-10
ISBN: 9781906537425
Wydawca: IAN ALLAN
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 22.6 x 2 x 30.3 cm
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 346
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 This book is the first in a comprehensive two-part study of the development and operational history of the Junkers Ju 88, exploring the many variants of this famous and long-serving Luftwaffe multi-role aircraft. The text is fabulously supported by several hundred rare photographs, manufacturer's handbook data, scale line drawings and specially commissioned colour artwork. The Ju 88 was probably the finest bomber to serve in the Luftwaffe bomber force, but its design, construction and speed meant that it was adaptable as a night-fighter, heavy fighter, torpedo-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. This high-performance aircraft entered service in limited numbers during the campaign over Poland in 1939, but subsequently flew with distinction on every battle front on which the Luftwaffe operated throughout World War 2, from the early Blitzkrieg campaigns of 1939/40 through to the Mediterranean and the vast Russian theatre. It was known widely as a feared night fighter, representing the pinnacle of German aeronautical design technology. The Ju 88 served in numbers with the air forces of Finland, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Spain and France and its appeal as a combat aircraft; especially to modellers, is due to its widely dispersed service. Its variants, including the Ju 188 and Ju 288 which are also covered, and the wide array of armament and equipment with which it was fitted as well as its various markings and camouflage schemes.


About the Author

William A. Medcalf was born in Monmouth, Illinois. His interest in aviation began when he was a schoolboy during World War 2 and continued with weekly visits to local airfields. He became a pilot at the age of 16. He has continued flying for almost 60 years (propeller-driven aircraft, jets and gliders). His interest in aviation technical history started while attending the University of Louisville. After graduating with a degree in Physics, he served as an officer in the US Navy with assignments including navigator, electronics officer, air officer, CIC officer, and air defense officer. After completing Navy service, he returned to the University of Louisville and completed studies leading to a Master's degree in History. After working and teaching at the University, he was employed for 30 years as an engineer, project engineer, project manager and chief engineer, for several major corporations. During this period he became a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer (PEME). He is currently retired from engineering and teaches Engineering, Maths and English part time. His hobbies include flying, aviation history, automobile racing and scale aircraft modeling, and he is co-editor on Downshift.


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