Foreword Preface Acknowledgments Prologue Chapter 1: Early observations Chapter 2: Mid-war understanding Chapter 3: Attrition versus technology Chapter 4: Postwar spoils Chapter 5: Evaluating the technologies Chapter 6: Jet age and space age refinements Chapter 7: Dusty jewels rediscovered Epilogue: German technology in retrospect List of Illustrations Appendices Acronyms and Abbreviations Select bibliography Endnotes Index
Ranges from early after-action reports by pilots, to the testing of German aircraft in the United States during and after the war, culminating in the birth of the American space program with captured V-2 rockets.
Frederick A. Johnsen recently retired after nearly 30 years as a U.S. Air Force historian, Director of the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum at Edwards Air Force Base, and Public Affairs Director for the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. He has written 24 aviation historical books including 11 volumes in the Warbird Tech series which he helped conceive and launch with Specialty Press. He has degrees in history and journalism from the University of Washington, where he worked his way through school at the university's Kirsten wind tunnel, learning valuable aspects of the flight tester's trade. Over several decades, he has amassed a collection of thousands of aircraft images including many from veterans who encountered German aircraft during the war. His experiences with aviation history and technology serve well to execute this study of the intersection of the Luftwaffe and the United States.