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Interesting Websites / Re: San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive
« Last post by Boxman on Today at 05:36:47 pm »
The San Diego Air & Space Museum (SDASM) Archives have just posted a mother lode of three-views, blueprints, illustrations, etc. of various Consolidated/Convair, Brewster, Boeing, Curtiss, Douglas, Grumman, Lockheed, Tucker(!), etc., projects (built and unbuilt) roughly dating from the 1930s-1950s.

If I had the time, I'd list them all - but it is pretty overwhelming.

Take a look for yourselves. Note, as more photos/images are posted to their site, the further back they will move. Unfortunately, they haven't been posted as a distinct set.

Here's the link:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/page1

Here are some examples. These are from the "Convair A-44 design study":
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/46190090335

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/40139141943
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: New Natter book
« Last post by Zizi6785 on Today at 05:16:51 am »
This photo:
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: New Natter book
« Last post by newsdeskdan on Yesterday at 11:53:13 pm »
Apparently it is not published until June.

Available to pre-order here: https://www.bookworldws.co.uk//natter-manned-missile-third-reich-order-p-8239.html?osCsid=p83d99b90edkoquec2109om4l4. Be warned though, unlike Amazon they do take your money straight away!

A survey of the original book indicates that it contains about 280 images on 144 pages - so 800 images on 500 pages is a bit of a step up!

It's interesting that the cover depicts a sort of re-imagining of the famous photo showing test pilot Lothar Sieber chatting to Erich Bachem just before his ill-fated launch on March 1, 1945. However, while the actual scene shows Sieber wearing a regular unpressurised one-piece flying suit, the re-imagining appears to show him wearing an experimental Watanzug pressure suit. Maybe this small historical inaccuracy makes proceedings look more 'spacey', even though I think it's unlikely that pilots of the Natter in active service would have been issued with cutting edge personal equipment like that.
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: New Natter book
« Last post by Pasoleati on Yesterday at 07:43:39 pm »
Apparently it is not published until June.
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: New Natter book
« Last post by newsdeskdan on Yesterday at 10:29:39 am »
I plan to get it.

I have placed my preorder. Can't resist any German projects book no matter what it says on the cover.
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Thank you for posting this. We need another book about this and other projects.
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: New Natter book
« Last post by edwest on Yesterday at 09:41:37 am »
I plan to get it.
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: New Natter book
« Last post by martinbayer on Yesterday at 08:48:25 am »
Ve aimed at se stars but sometimes hit London?
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: New Natter book
« Last post by Jemiba on Yesterday at 05:31:34 am »
Looks great,thanks.

Was it a historic step to human spaceflight?

As much,  as the V2 was an attempt to conquer space !   ::)
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: New Natter book
« Last post by newsdeskdan on February 13, 2019, 11:59:41 am »

Was it a historic step to human spaceflight?

That would seem to be a bit of a stretch. The blurb claims that the author has found a lot of stuff previously classified by the US and UK, so, I guess... *maybe?* But I've never before come across anything that tied the Natter in to *anybodies* manned space efforts.

This will undoubtedly be an excellent successor to Gooden's highly-detailed but sadly long out-of-print previous Natter book but while 'Manned Missile of the Third Reich' is appropriate, I can't help but feel that the 'historic step to human spaceflight' line isn't entirely in the spirit of what the Natter was all about.
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