Arado Ar 234 Blitz is the result of nearly fifty years of research and draws upon original Arado, German Air Ministry and Luftwaffe reports and documents […] The text is augmented by superlative colour Tartwork and many technical drawings.
|Book cover finish
|Hardcover ( square back binding )
|Used very good
|Number of pages
|22.86 x 30.48 x 2.54 cm
|J. Richard Smith & Eddie J. Creek
|Crécy Publishing Ltd.
UPON its appearance in the skies over the Western Front in the summer of 1944, the Arado Ar 234 represented the state-of-the-art in terms of aeronautical and technical development. As the world’s first truly operational jet reconnaissance aircraft, it undertook high-speed, high-altitude observation missions for the German high command over the Allied beachhead in Normandy which provided a vital insight into enemy strength and dispositions. Astonishingly, in September 1944 and as late as 1945, lone Ar 234s carried out reconnaissance over British ports and also over the Mediterranean. Able to deliver 1,000 kg of bombs at high speed and at either low or high level with considerable accuracy, as a bomber, the Arado made a significant impact in support of German ground forces on the Western Front.
It was also deployed in offensive operations against allied troop and vehicle columns and bridges, including the infamous Remagen Bridge against which it was deployed on several occasions in hazardous missions. Powered by twin Junkers Jumo 004 B jet engines, the same engine used on the me 262, and with a maximum speed of 735 km/h and range of 1600 km, it was very difficult for Allied aircraft to ‘catch’.
Here was an aircraft that, with its superior speed, potentially could operate with impunity. As the war progressed, so German aero-engineers worked to enhance the design, producing four-engined prototypes, plans for advanced night fighters and other projects which are covered extensively in this book.
Arado Ar 234 Blitz is the result of nearly fifty years of research and draws upon original Arado, German Air Ministry and Luftwaffe reports and documents, as well as pilot accounts from interviews and personal correspondence, original war diaries, memoirs and other unpublished sources associated with the Ar 234’s design, development and operations as a jet bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. The text is augmented by superlative colour artwork and many technical drawings.