First Jet Pilot

The Story of German Test Pilot Erich Warsitz

Lutz Warsitz

 
Date Published :
April 2009
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
illistrated throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781844158188
Pages : 176
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$39.99

Overview
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On 27 August 1939, Flugkapitan Erich Warsitz became the first man to fly a jet aircraft, the Heinkel He 178 and in June of the same year he flew the first liquid-fuel rocket aircraft, the Heinkel He 176. His legendary flying skills enabled him to assist the pioneering German aircraft and engine design teams that included Wernher von Braun and Ernst Heinkel. He repeatedly risked his life extending the frontiers of aviation in speed, altitude and technology and survived many life-threatening incidents.

This book is written by Erich’s son who has used his father’s copious notes and log books that explain vividly the then halcyon days of German aviation history. Warsitz was feted by the Reich’s senior military figures such as Milch, Udet and Lucht and even Hitler keenly followed his experimental flying. Little is known of this pioneer period because of the strict secrecy which shrouded the whole project – it is a fascinating story that tells of the birth of the jet age and flight as we know it today. The book includes many unseen photographs and diagrams.

About The Author
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Lutz Warsitz is an author and historian.

REVIEWS
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“…vividly captures the then peaceful days of German Aviation History … Little is known of this pioneer period because of the strict secrecy which shrouded the whole project- it’s a fascinating story that tells of the birth of the jet age and flying as we know it today….filled with fascinating detail that warbird enthusiasts and pilots will certainly enjoy. “

- Warbirds

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