The Junkers Ju 52 Story


Author: Jan Forsgren

Publisher: Fonthill Media


Category: History

Page: N.A

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The iconic and legendary Junkers Ju 52 first flew in 1930. Designed and built by the Junkers Aircraft Company of Dessau, Germany, the Ju 52 was originally intended as a single-engine cargo aircraft. An upgraded model, the Ju 52/3m, was powered by three engines and excelled as an eighteen-seat airliner. By the late 1930s, hundreds of the safe, reliable and much loved Ju 52/3ms were serving with airlines in more than twenty countries, including the pre-war British Airways. Also, it was used as a bomber by the Luftwaffe, particularly in the Spanish Civil War. During the Second World War, the Ju 52/3m was the mainstay of Luftwaffe transport squadrons. Affectionately known as 'Faithful Old Annie' and 'ron Annie', the Ju 52/3m was used during the invasions of Norway, the Low Countries, Crete and the resupply of Stalingrad and Rommels Africa Korps. In all, around 5,000 were built and after the war, production continued in France and Spain. Amazingly, captured Ju 52/3ms were rebuilt post-war and briefly operated as airliners on domestic routes in Great Britain.

History of Air Cargo and Airmail from the 18th Century


Author: Camille Allaz

Publisher: Google Consultant

ISBN: 0954889606


Page: 408

View: 8376

It was first published in French by the Institut du Transport Aerien in 1998 and received very favourable reviews. Through the publication of the English language edition, this remarkable work is now accessible to many more readers around the world. In addition, the author has expanded the book with new sections and he has extensively updated it to bring the story of air cargo into the twenty first century, concluding with a look into the future. The author, Camille Allaz, served as Senior Vice President Cargo at Air France for 10 years which gave him an insider's close-up view of his subject, a privilege not enjoyed by many historians. There is no aspect of mail or cargo transport by air that has not been thoroughly researched and documented by Allaz, from the first brief transport of animals by balloon in France in 1783 to the vast global networks of the integrated express carriers in the 21st century. As a true scholar, he fits his narrative into the larger framework of political, military, economic and aviation history. This book should stand for years as the definitive work on the history of air cargo and airmail, and will be of immense value to the academic community, to the air cargo industry, the postal services, and to the general public.


The Supermarine Spitfire and The Messerschmitt BF 109


Author: David Owen

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473830680

Category: History

Page: 360

View: 5074

Innumerable books have been published on the two most famous fighter aircraft of all time, the Supermarine Spitfire and the Messerschmitt Bf109. But books setting out to tell the story of both aircraft are very much rarer - probably fewer than the fingers of one hand. Yet their joint story is one which bears retelling since both were essential to the air campaigns of World War Two. Incredibly, the men who designed them lacked any experience of designing a modern fighter. R J Mitchell had begun his career working on industrial steam locomotives, Willy Messerschmitt had cut his aeronautical teeth on light and fragile gliders and sporting planes. Yet both men not only managed to devise aircraft which could hold their own in a world where other designs went from state-of-the-art to obsolete in a staggeringly short time, but their fighters remained competitive over six years of front-line combat. Despite the different ways their creators approached their daunting tasks and the obstacles each faced in acceptance by the services for which they were designed, they proved to be so closely matched that neither side gained a decisive advantage in a titanic struggle. Had either of them not matched up to its opponent so well, then the air war would have been a one-sided catastrophe ending in a quick defeat for the Allies or the Axis powers, and the course of twentieth century history would have been changed beyond recognition.

Flight to Dungavel


Author: Jacques Evans

Publisher: Jacques Evans

ISBN: 1452307318

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Flight to Dungavel begins in 1918 when an infantry sergeant saves the life of a lieutenant whose Spad crashes in no-man's-land. After the war and throughout the twenties the two ex-soldiers construct a bootlegging empire. To avoid charges of income tax evasion, and account for their illegal income, the miscreants finance two British engineers who claim to have discovered diamonds in British Guiana. Thinking the venture is sure to fail, they 'cook' the books to show income from the mine. In 1933, one step ahead of an arrest warrant they are forced to flee the country. In British Guiana they are surprised to find the mine is modestly successful. As they cannot return to the States until the statute of limitations expires, they take an active role in the mine. They buy a British Avro, hack an airfield out of the jungle, and fly supplies to and from the mine. In 1934, the mine produces an enormous cache of diamonds. The ten kilogram sack of diamonds is strapped into the front seat of the biplane. While airborne, the pilot passes out from the sting of a Veinticuatro ant. After he regains consciousness, he is off course and nearly out of fuel. The Avro crashes in an unexplored corner of Guiana populated by aborigines who have never seen a white man. In 1940, Hitler learns that diamonds were aboard the aircraft and orders the SS to recover them. Churchill learns of the plan and the plot continues...



Author: David Pascoe

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1861894686

Category: Transportation

Page: 242

View: 9935

In his celebrated manifesto, "Aircraft" (1935), the architect Le Corbusier presented more than 100 photographs celebrating airplanes either in imperious flight or elegantly at rest. Dwelling on the artfully abstracted shapes of noses, wings, and tails, he declared : "Ponder a moment on the truth of these objects! Clearness of function!" In Aircraft, David Pascoe follows this lead and offers a startling new account of the form of the airplane, an object that, in the course of a hundred years, has developed from a flimsy contraption of wood, wire and canvas into a machine compounded of exotic materials whose wings can touch the edges of space. Tracing the airplane through the twentieth century, he considers the subject from a number of perspectives: as an inspiration for artists, architects and politicians; as a miracle of engineering; as a product of industrialized culture; as a device of military ambition; and, finally, in its clearness of function, as an instance of sublime technology. Profusely illustrated and authoritatively written, Aircraft offers not just a fresh account of aeronautical design, documenting, in particular, the forms of earlier flying machines and the dependence of later projects upon them, but also provides a cultural history of an object whose very shape contains the dreams and nightmares of the modern age.

Propaganda Postcards of the Luftwaffe


Author: James Wilson

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473817374

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 6984

Propaganda Postcards of the Luftwaffe focuses on the efforts of the powerful Nazi propaganda machine to promote the technical achievements and might of the then newly created German airforce. The Luftwaffe had been announced to the world in March 1935, despite the restrictions contained in the Versailles Treaty signed after the First World War denying Germany the right to develop military aircraft. All major aircraft types used by the Luftwaffe together with many lesser known, obscure and secondary types are represented in this book. There is a section covering the main figures of the Luftwaffe and the leading aces who flew the aircraft. The German Air and Propaganda ministries worked together and, using professional photographers produced quality images, which were then made available to the general public in an attempt to inspire the nation and create strong moral.

Lufthansa to Luftwaffe - Hitlers Secret Air Force


Author: Peter Dancey


ISBN: 1446152391

Category: History

Page: 175

View: 474

This book provides a complete history of the clandestine WW II Luftwaffe and its origins under the patronage of Lufthansa, secret training of its personel in Russia and Italy. Combat proving of its airplanes with the Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War. Units, deployments, personel, airplanes and sub-types, thw 'secret weapons' and the world's first combat jets. Hitler's less than cordial relations with Goring, the RLM and German Aviation industry



Author: Ian Kemp

Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing

ISBN: 9780711030923

Category: History

Page: 96

View: 5042

First of two volumes forming a comprehensive study of the maritime and anti-shipping operations conducted by the Luftwaffe over the English Channel, North Sea, the Far North and Baltic, the Eastern Front and the Mediterranean using a wide variety of aircraft types and weaponry.