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#31 CORSNING

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 04:29 PM

A good reference book in its day (1971).

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This one is the equal of Ray's American Combat Planes as

shown above but not quite in the same league as Green's

Warplanes of the Third Reich, in my opinion.



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Posted 18 February 2017 - 06:45 PM

     Some performance figures given here and there in the text on speeds.

I believe the figures to be military power (maximum continuous) and not 

combat (war emergency). There are a lot of other insights to be had, like

the devastating power of the Shiden-Kai's superior 20 mm cannon of which

it carried four. I personally believe the book downgrades the Raiden's abilities.

I believe while the Raiden had its limitations, mostly due to the manufacture

and fuel quality, if it had been in...lets say, the Russian air force, it would

have been lauded much more.

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 02:50 PM

     This next book I picked up a few years ago used for less than $30.

It is without a doubt 'The Best Book Published at This Time" on US

WW2 fighter aircraft....PERIOD! The only critical thing I can say about

the book is that it only covers the performance of each version of fighter

as it was when it first appeared. It does not include the performance

of these aircraft after the improved high octane output fuel was introduced

to US squadrons in Europe in June 1944. When you consider the

information that is included in this book, that point becomes very minimal.

 

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If you wish to learn a lot more about US WW2 fighters, this

is the book you should purchase.

 

PS: I didn't have the money for it either. I asked for it for my birthday. :)



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Posted 22 February 2017 - 02:58 PM

See next post: :)


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 07:13 PM

Fighter Aircraft Performance of WW2, A comparative Study by Erik Pilawskii.

I have just received this book in the mail today. Of course I started reading it

immediately. I found Erik to be very opinionated in his book Soviet Air Force

Fighter Colours 1941- 1945 but this side of America's Hundred Thousand

by Francis H. Dean is the first book published I have found actually trying

to give each aircraft involved more than just the general standard published

figures and specifications. I hope to be able to go into much more detail

about this book later after I have read the entire book.

     I would also like to point out that even though Erik can be very opinionated

at times, he still manages to put a lot of historical facts into his book that

have not previously been published, making Soviet Air Force Fighter

Colours a very worthwhile book for even the hard core researcher of WW2

Soviet fighter aircraft.

     With all that said, I have high hopes that Erik has published a great deal

of information about several fighter aircraft of WW2 that I hope to pass on

and maybe even entice you to purchase this book.



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Posted 23 May 2017 - 08:33 PM

Fighter Aircraft Performance of WW2

A Comparative Study

by Erik Pilawskii

~$34.00

 

     OK, I have finished the book. The title immediately grabbed me when I first saw it.

I had great hopes for this book, along with much reservation. The reservation was

warranted. Erik's book was very amusing and intriguing, in nature if not totally in

content. I had hoped for much more, still there were some areas of the book that got

me researching.

     Of course I had to dissect all of his published aircraft specifications. I really can't

justify his numbers, however I can't ridicule his numbers either. I do not know what

documents he pulled his information from. In the AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE section

on this site I have only published information from official military or manufacture

documentation. Occasionally I will go to published material to fill in the gaps. When

I do I try to always make notation of such.

     I won't bore you with any more of my rambling except to say that Erik had a few

sections in his book that sparked my interest. The first was Historical Analysis. In this

area of his book starting on page 32 and ending on page 55 Erik gives some insight to

the different areas of the conflict in chronological order. The intriguing part of this section

is his comparing of fighter aircraft. The very first of these comparisons is;

Skua, Gladiator and D.XXI vs. German Fighters.

This is exactly my cup of tea so to speak. He then continues on through the history

continuing on with the Bf.109E-3 vs. all the French fighters of 1939-1940. Great stuff

but like all the other comparisons in his book, he simply makes  few statements and

then doesn't elaborate anywhere near enough to support his statements. To be fair

I agree with almost all his comparison statements of the fighter vs. fighter until he

begins to compare WW2 Russian aircraft to other aircraft of the world.

     Erik's statements of his comparisons of Russian fighters came across very bias.

This sent me to my aviation file cabinets. I have six deep drawers of files on this

very subject by the wa .

     Time for me to wrap it up. The book was worth it for me because I am a

researcher of WW2 fighter performance. To the average enthusiast this book would

probably be interesting but possibly deceiving. Did I find it worth the money? YES.

but mostly because of the fire to dissect all his comparisons in the section of his

book titled Appendix V, Hypothetical Combat Match-Ups. You see, in this

section he compares the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XIVe to the Lavochkin La-7, the

heavier 3-gun version and pretty much call it a draw. Wow, time for me to continue

the FIGHTER vs. FIGHTER section of this site. B)  :rolleyes:

 

I forgot to add that all input is welcome once I get the time to post,,,,,,,,

Spitfire 14 vs. La-7?, this is going to be fun. :)


Edited by CORSNING, 23 May 2017 - 08:35 PM.





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