Dornier Do 335 Book Review
|Date of Review||December 2018||Title||Dornier Do 335|
|Author||Robert Forsyth||Publisher||Osprey Publishing|
|Format||80 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$20.00|
"'What does he [Claude Dornier] know about fighters?'" one Nazi German official reportedly scoffed at Dornier's request for inclusion in a 1942 RLM fighter-bomber competition.
Apparently much, according to Robert Forsyth's Dornier Do 335 – ninth in Osprey's steadily expanding "X-Planes" range.
Dornier's daring design marked a distinct departure from conventional aerodynamics. But it produced one of WWII's fastest, most powerful, and – potentially – most adaptable piston-engine warplanes.
Fortunately for Allied powers, Dornier's "Pfeil" ("arrow") arrived late – hence, its insertion amidst X-Planes.
From development and production plans to service and variant schemes, Forsyth's pithy, 80-page study recaps the total tale across five succinct sections:
- Prototype Design & Development
- Trial Deployment
A sixth, final chapter assesses the Do 335 – and explores its "legacy". But Forsyth omits Dornier's debt to Fokker's D-XXIII.
Photos, tech-manual excerpts, action paintings, and a three-view illustrate the account. And a cockpit schematic and two cut-aways depict interior details.
Extended captions, sidebars, and biographic remarks further supplement the study. And a selected bibliography and index wrap things up.
My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!