Axis Warplane Survivors
"This aviation handbook is designed to be used as a quick reference to the Axis military aircraft of the Second World War that have been restored and preserved in aviation museums around the world. The aircraft include those flown by the Tripartite Pact of Germany, Italy, and Japan, joined by Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Yugoslavia; the co-belligerent states of Thailand, Finland, San Marino and Iraq; and the occupied states of Albania, Belarus, Croatia, Vichy France, Greece, Ljubljana, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Manchukuo, Mengjiang, the Philippines and Vietnam. The record follows the collection of Axis aircraft at the end of the Second World War in 1945 and their test flights in United Kingdom and the USA by Air Technical Intelligence Staffs. Although the majority of these aircraft were scrapped shortly afterwards, the handful of survivors from these test programs comprise the bulk of those Axis aircraft currently preserved in aviation museums around the world. The interested reader will find useful information and a few technical details on most of the Axis military aircraft that may be found to have survived however briefly when the war ended in both Europe and the Pacific. More than 260 selected photograph pages have been included to illustrate a few of the major examples in addition to the Air Ministry and code numbers assigned to the captured warplanes flown or evaluated by the Allied forces after the war. For those who would like to actually see the aircraft concerned, aviation museum locations, addresses and contact phone numbers, websites and email addresses have been included, along with a list of aircraft held in each museum's current inventory or that are on display as gate guardians. The aircraft presented in this edition are listed alphabetically by manufacturer, number and type. Although many of the Axis warplanes have completely disappeared, a few have been carefully collected, restored and preserved, and a handful that have been restored to flying condition. This guide-book should help you find and view the surviving Axis Warplane wherever they have been preserved."--Page 4 of number.