By Mano Ziegler
The 1st operational army jet on this planet, in the direction of the tip of the second one international struggle the ME 262 was once to be the German ‘miracle weapon’. Mano Ziegler used to be concerned from its inception and contributed to the layout, trying out, and coaching or even served in it operationally.
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The Bf 108 Taifun four-seater pleasure aircraft, and the Bf 109 fighter, his two excellent designs, elevated Willy Messerschmitt and his engineers, who numbered among the best in Germany, into the front rank of the world’s aircraft builders. In the spring of 1938, they now faced a daunting task. Men who would later become household names in Germany – Lusser, Voigt, Degel, Hornung, Kaiser, Wackerle and Ludwig Bölkow, a young graduate engineer fresh from University who knew his subject, had talent and a store of ideas – wrestled at desk and drawing board with the mathematics and technical design of an aircraft which was certain to lead them into virgin territory.
It is all the more incomprehensible because the return of the material would not be against the interests of any nation but rather of inestimable value for historical research. It will be a great success of this book if it inspires the Old Guard to criticise and correct me, or supply some missing pieces. ’ – Into battle! MANO ZIEGLER, GERMANY, 1978 Acknowledgements The author is indebted to the following personalities for their assistance in compiling this book: Horst Amberg Hubert Bauer Heinrich Beauvais Hans-Ekkehard Bob Dr Ludwig Bölkow Wolfgang Degel Hans J.
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Hitler's Jet Plane The ME 262 Story by Mano Ziegler