Me-262 Design Analysis

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David Baker wrote the best book I know of that goes into the ME-262 development and politics.

I find it interesting that both Heinkel and Lockheed both wanted to get into design and production not only of jet aircraft but jet engines as well, and both were told "NO!" by their respective governments. Heinkel eventually bought the Hirth company, just so they could say they were an engine company, too.
When the He178 was presented to the RLM in 1939, Udet and Milch dismissed it as a novelty.

So Hirth (Heinkel) and Junkers were fighting an uphill battle from day one.

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