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Flying to the Limit: Testing World War II Single-engined Fighter Aircraft

by Peter Caygill

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I'm really not sure what to say about this book. On one hand, I am sure that it's a fine work of reference with many useful 'hard numbers of performance' like stall speed, climb, turn, roll and so.

As well as the general impression and 'feel' for the aircraft among the test and evaluation pilots from RAF and the Royal Aircraft Establishment

For those who are that much into details I'm sure it's a good book to have on the shelf for . . . . reference.

However, to me - with the 'angle' I have to combat aviation history - the book is a bit dry. ( )
  JesperCFS2 | Mar 13, 2017 |
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During the years preceding and during World War II, the RAF and the Royal Aircraft Establishment were responsible for the selection and procurement of British military aircraft and also to evaluate their capabilities against captured enemy models whenever possible. During the lend-lease agreement with the USA, the RAF and Fleet Air Arm operated several American designs, each of which was tested to evaluate its potential. This book looks at the key area of fighter aircraft and includes the test results and pilot's own first-hand accounts of flying seventeen different models that were designed in the UK, America and Germany. The reader will learn of the possibilities of air superiority offered by these types and also their weaknesses. Types included are The Hawker Hurricane, Supermarine Spitfire, Boulton Paul Defiant, Hawker Tempest and Typhoon, Messerschmitt Bf 109, Focke-Wulf Fw 190, Brewster Buffalo, Curtiss Mohawk, Bell Airacobra, Curtiss Tomahawk, Curtiss Kittyhawk, North American Mustang, Grumman Martlet, Republic Thunderbolt, Grumman Hellcat and Vought Corsair. All aircraft that saw a great deal of action throughout the War and which are now part of legend.

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