Fall of the Red Baron WW I Aerial Tactics Death of Richthofen

Fall of the Red Baron WW I Aerial Tactics Death of Richthofen

Fall of the Red Baron WW I Aerial Tactics Death of Richthofen By L Bennett
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This book is concerned with tactics, especially those tactics used by the Red Baron and his opponents. It offers the how and why of Great War aerial combat. Leon Bennett leans heavily on his expertise in engineering and aerodynamic techniques to explain this, with his reasoning presented in a readable, non-mathematical style. Absent are both the usual propaganda-laced Air Service reports and psychobabble, and instead we are shown the logic behind Great War aerial combat; those elements determining success or failure in the Red Baron's air war.

Similarly, the author turns his attention to examining the cause of von Richtofen's death, employing the tools of logic, rather than merely accepting one of the many conflicting eyewitness reports as truth. In doing so, much testimony is exposed as unlikely. The bullet scatter to be expected from ground anti-aircraft fire matters greatly, and is examined along with the odds against lone riflemen hoping to hit a fast-moving low altitude target. The most dangerous altitude for front-line crossing is established. The author concludes by rating the possibility of a rifleman downing the Red Baron as quite realistic, and certainly as likely as any of the more celebrated possibilities. This is an important book, offering a groundbreaking account of World War I aerial tactics, and a thorough examination of the final combat and death of the Red Baron.

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Book Condition:
shop return - slight edge wear to boards otherwise near new - all pages all held tight in bindings
Outer Cover on Book:
Hard Boards with Dust Jacket
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