military aviation there is the ever present compulsion to compare the
flight characteristics, performance, weaponry, capabilities and so
forth of the various combatant aircraft one to another. However, in
itself this kind of enthusiasm presents a very considerable problem.
When debate on such profoundly technical and scientific topics as
aircraft performance enter into the realm of popular enthusiast banter,
the matter falls rapidly into predictable categories of favouritism.
Aircraft performance is not a magical quantity, nor is it shrouded in impenetrable mystery. This book is an attempt to answer these questions-- to compare the relative properties and characteristics of the aircraft of the Second World War era in an objective and scientific way. It also offers a critical, more realistic view of the wartime aviation industry, of testing procedures, military procurement, political intrigue and in-fighting and national bias in the development of fighter aircraft designs.
Almost 200 individual aircraft types are exactingly detailed: weight and loading, aerofoil and other primary aerodynamic figures, engine and performance data, weaponry and armour protection. This work is a treasure trove for those who wish to analyse and authentically recreate combat aviation of the 1935-45 period.