Secret Projects of the Luftwaffe: Heinkel He 162

Dan Sharp

Dan Sharp analyses Germany's last-gasp WW2 Volksjäger jet fighter program.
Date Published :
January 2021
Publisher :
Mortons Books
Series :
Secret Projects of the Luftwaffe Close Up
Illustration :
80 drawings and photos, 15 color illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781911658245
Pages : 116
Dimensions : 9.7 X 7.2 inches
Stock Status : In stock


The history of the Luftwaffe's last minute single-jet fighter, the Heinkel He 162, is neither standard nor straightforward.

Originally conceived as the jet fighter anyone could fly into combat, the He 162 was designed and built in under five months - an astonishing and unparalleled feat of engineering. But what emerged was not a simple jet fighter but a tricky 'widow-maker' which killed far more of its own pilots than it ever did those of the enemy. Going back to the original wartime documentation, author Dan Sharp examines the story of this remarkable aircraft in detail.

About The Author

Dan Sharp studied history at the University of Liverpool before beginning a career in journalism. Having spent several years as the news editor of a regional daily newspaper, he switched to motorcycle magazines. His previously published works on aviation have covered subjects ranging from German Second World War projects to Concorde. He lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children.


"Sharp methodically traces the whole phenomenal process – including Heinkel’s design competitors. And as endnotes confirm, text leans heavily on primary sources."

- Cybermodeler

"For the modeler and gamers with a taste for jet fighters, 19 color profiles offer up various camouflage schemes."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"As a modeling reference, there are some good resources in this volume. The author has included copies of production drawings as well as black and white photos of the prototype under construction."


"​Highly Recommended."

- AMPS Indianapolis

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