[dropcap]I[/dropcap]dea of the jet propelled flight was not new and before the WW1 was made first prototypes of aircraft with jet engine. Between the wars there was much of research done in the jet propulsion research but the turbulent political and military situation was the power burst to give more attention to this new way of the flight. Development of such machine mean more effort to be used in development of technology, materials important to solve some difficulties of the jet propulsion. In the moment when the first jet flights was made, high authorities still did not completely understand value of the new power but no matter of that, further development was continued in this direction. And this resulted that in WW2 was for the first time introduced jet combat aircrafts which bring revolution and present milestone in the development of the aviation at all.



Horst Serie published by Aero Journal present very good series of publication and with its compact content bring much value to the readers. Well known researcher and author Jean Claude-Mermet is the author of the no.8 of Horst serie which full title is Encyclopedie des Jets de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale Tome 1. French authors are experts in the field of encyclopedia (at least they are very first to make such a type of publication) and this publication offer all benefit which we expect. Content of the Horst Serie no. 8 cover that types:


– He 176
– He 178



– Arado Ar 234
– Bachem Ba 349
– DFS 228/DFS 346
– Fieseler Fi 103
– Heinkel He 162
– Heinkel He 280
– Horten Ho 229
– Junkers Ju 287
– Messerschmitt Me 163
– Messerschmitt Me 262
– 248 Messerschmitt Me 263/Ju
– Messerschmitt Me 328


– Caproni Campini-N-1

United Kingdom

– Gloster G. 40 or E.28/39
– Gloster Meteor
– De Havilland Vampire

United States

– Bell P-59 Airacomet
– Bell P-83
– Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star
– McDonnell FD-1 Phantom
– Northrop MX-324, XP-79


– Mitsubishi J8M Shusui
– Nakajima Kikka
– Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka


– Berezniak-Isaev BI-1


– Supermarine Attacker
– Messerschmitt P 1101
– North American xfj Fury
– Republic XP-84 Thunderjet
– SO 6000 SNCASO Swordfish
– Vought F6U-1 Pirate

Inside you will find great number of images, text (in French), data sheet and very detailed scale technical drawings what is preferred by plastic modelers. But there is also included several types of the rocket powered aircrafts including of well known Komet.Last page is left for the technical description of the two different types of the jet engines used.

Book is soft cover, A4 form, full color, 128 pages inside and it is definitely worth to have it. Sample publication could be order direct here!

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Sample publication is provided by CJE, Editor of the Aero Journal