Much has been written about German ‘secret project’ aircraft designs in the decades since the end of the Second World War but much still remains to be discovered about what went on behind closed doors at companies such as Focke-Wulf, Messerschmitt, Arado and Heinkel.
Ongoing new research in archives around the world has revealed dozens of previously unknown wartime plans and proposals for aircraft that were radical, revolutionary or just plain weird. In the fourth volume of his Luftwaffe series, historian Dan Sharp reveals a wealth of new discoveries – including never-before-seen drawings and designs for fighters, bombers, transporters, rammers, ground-attack aircraft, flying boats and flying bombs.
Luftwaffe: Secret Designs of the Third Reich profiles Arado’s flying triangle and the amphibian Ar 233, the DVL’s tailless jet fighter, Gotha’s missing link P-60.007, Henschel’s single-jet P 108, Messerschmitt’s supersonic experimental research aircraft and more ‘unknown’ designs.
Hundreds of original and previously unseen documents have been used to compile this unrivalled look at some of Germany’s least-known Second World War project designs, featuring a host of new and period drawings, illustrations and photographs.
Author: Dan Sharp