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In Captured Eagles, Frederick A. Johnsen lays naked the as soon as mystery background of the yankee attempt to appreciate and counter the Luftwaffe earlier than and through international warfare II, and in a while to grab and make the most German technological advances in every thing from jet warring parties and bombers to ballistic missiles.

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This was another new feature on the F-model that the USAAF studied and diagramed in the evaluation report. With coolant radiators partly inset into the lower surface of the wing, drag was less than on previous models. Thoughtful routing of air made this configuration feasible: Each flap is divided into two sections: the outer section is a modified split arrangement serving the additional purpose of controlling the airflow through the internally mounted wing radiators. At the front edge of the radiator is a hinged plate linked with the trailing edge flaps to open with them.

Phil Butler created a remarkable and well-illustrated trail of information in his volume War Prizes, published by Midland Counties Publications in 1994. It is hard to put it down once you start researching something in it. There are other worthy texts, some of which you will find in the Bibliography. Frederick A. Johnsen, 2014 PROLOGUE On a carefree Saturday when I was four years old, my father, aeronautical engineer Carl M. Johnsen, took me on a leisurely walk among rows of surplus warplanes, some German, at the old Grand Central air terminal near Glendale, California.

The astounding growth of German air power from a zero level to its present status in a brief four years must be accounted one of the most important world events of our time. ”5 Smith emphasizes several reasons for the growth of the German Air Force at that time, including: [t]he military aptitude of the German people … The technical and scientific skill of the race … The vision of General Göring who from the start planned a fantastically large Air Force and Air Industry and who at the same time possessed the energy to convert his plans into reality … The unified direction and execution made possible by the dictatorial nature of the German Government … The wise realization of the German air authorities at the start of their rearmament that other nations, especially the United States, were far in advance of them, both in scientific knowledge and technical skill.

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