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Aircraft piston engines: books - history and technology

A book on aircraft piston engines? Here are illustrated books on the history and construction of piston engines for aircraft.

Powering the World's Airliners : Engine Developments from the Propeller to the Jet Age

From the simple propellers of the first airliners of the 1920s and 1930s, to the turboprops and turbojets of the modern era, the engines used in airliners have undergone dramatic development over a century of remarkable change. These advances are examined in detail by aeronautical engineer and author Reiner Decher, who provides a layman's guide to the engines that have, and continue to, power the aircraft which carry millions of travellers across millions of miles each year.

Reiner Decher also looks at the development of aero engines during the Second World War and how that conflict drove innovation. He also explains the nature of wing design and how they provide lift and of the considerations of airflow over their surfaces, from the early days of the twentieth century to the present.

To enable an easy understanding of this intriguing subject, "Powering the World's Airliners" is profusely illustrated, transporting readers back to the time of each major development and introducing them to the key individuals of the aero industry in each era.
After reading this comprehensive yet engaging story of the machines that power the aircraft in which we fly, no journey will ever seem quite the same again.

Author:Reiner Decher
Specs:218 pages, 25.5 x 17.5 x 2.3 cm / 10 x 6.9 x 0.91 in, hardback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Air World (GB, 2020)
EAN:9781526759146
Book: Powering the World's Airliners : Engine Developments from the Propeller to the Jet Age

Powering the World's Airliners : Engine Developments from the Propeller to the Jet Age

Language: English

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Die PS-Schlacht des Zweiten Weltkriegs - Höher, schneller, weiter - Jägermotoren der Westfront

Der Zweite Weltkrieg war ein globaler Luftkrieg. Das Flugzeug spielte auf allen Kriegsschauplätzen eine zentrale Rolle und etablierte sich zur kriegsentscheidenden Waffengattung.
Hierbei war die Motorenentwicklung von entscheidender Bedeutung. Zum Ende des Krieges waren die Flugmotoren hochgezüchtet wie nie zuvor und auf ihrem Leistungszenith.

Die spannende Geschichte der Entwicklung in den verschiedenen Konstruktionsbüros und von den Menschen dahinter erzählt bis ins kleinste Detail dieser Band mit zahllosen Grafiken, Konstruktionszeichnungen, Datenblättern und Originalfotos.
Ein Muss für jede echte Luftfahrt-Bibliothek!

Author:Calum E. Douglas
Specs:496 pages, 27.5 x 24 x 3.3 cm / 10.8 x 9 x 1.3 in, hardback
Illustrations:400 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2022)
EAN:9783613045057
Book: Die PS-Schlacht des Zweiten Weltkriegs - Höher, schneller, weiter - Jägermotoren der Westfront

Die PS-Schlacht des Zweiten Weltkriegs - Höher, schneller, weiter - Jägermotoren der Westfront

Language: German

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Allied Aircraft Piston Engines of World War II

This book, now in its second edition, coalesces multiple aspects of war-driven aviation and its amazing technical accomplishments, leading to the allied victory during the second world war. Not by chance, the air battles that took place then defined much of the outcome of one of the bloodiest conflicts in modern history.
Forward-thinking airplane design had to be developed quickly as the war raged on, and the engines that propelled them were indeed the focus of intense cutting-edge engineering efforts. Flying higher, faster, and taking the enemy down before they even noticed your presence became a matter of life or death for the allied forces.

"Allied Aircraft Piston Engines of World War II, Second Edition", addresses British- and American-developed engines. It looks at the piston engines in detail as they supported amazing wins both in the heat of the air battles, and on the ground supplying and giving cover to the troops.
This new edition, fully revised by the original author, Graham White, offers new images and information, in addition to expanded specifications on the Rolls-Royce/ Packard Merlin and the Pratt & Whitney R-2800 engines.

Author:Graham White
Specs:277 pages, 26 x 21 x 3.3 cm / 10.25 x 8.25 x 1.3 in, hardback
Illustrations:profusely illustrated
Publisher:SAE International (USA, 2019)
EAN:9780768095548
Book: Allied Aircraft Piston Engines of World War II

Allied Aircraft Piston Engines of World War II

Language: English

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Powering the Luftwaffe - German Aero Engines of World War II

Aviation technology progressed by leaps and bounds during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Although much of this was due to advances in airframe design, much less appreciated is the role of aero engine development.

This book focuses on this aspect, particularly German piston aero engine design and development, which has been generally under researched and under published compared to Allied piston aero engines. It covers key piston aero engines such as those produced by Daimler-Benz, BMW, and Junkers, as well as less well appreciated engines such as those produced by Siemens, Argus, and Hirth.
It also covers turbojets and rockets, particularly the Junkers Jumo 004 and Walter 109-509 that powered the infamous Messerschmitt Me 262 and Me 163 jet and rocket fighters.
Finally, the book concludes with tables comparing Allied and German piston engines, a glossary of key terms, and a bibliography.

Author:Jason R Wisniewski
Specs:104 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 0.6 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.24 in, paperback
Illustrations:b&w photographs
Publisher:Friesen Press, Inc. (USA, 2013)
EAN:9781460215845
Book: Powering the Luftwaffe - German Aero Engines of World War II

Powering the Luftwaffe - German Aero Engines of World War II

Language: English

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Japanese Aero-Engines 1910-1945

In this book the authors have endeavoured to remedy a notable lack of comprehensive coverage on this specialist subject. The development of all the many engines produced by Japanese aero-engine manufacturing companies from 1912 to 1945 is explored in detail, including a full explanation of the different systems used to identify them.
Furthermore, the developments are related to the aircraft in which the various engines were used, including prototypes, flying test-beds, and changes in the make or type of engine during an aircraft's operational service.

Aircraft evolution in Japan is viewed in snapshots as it happened from the aero-engine aspect and not from the complete aircraft aspect as is featured in most publications.
Also, in order to illustrate the industrial background, the origin and development of each of the aero-engine manufacturing companies is also outlined briefly.

Author:Mike Goodwin, Peter Starkings
Specs:180 pages, 30.5 x 22 x 1.7 cm / 12 x 8.7 x 0.67 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous photographs and drawings
Publisher:MMP Books (PL, 2017)
EAN:9788365281326
Book: Japanese Aero-Engines 1910-1945

Japanese Aero-Engines 1910-1945

Language: English

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