Many aircraft, some famous and some rare, gained a reputation for being difficult to fly and sometimes downright dangerous. This book looks at some of the worst culprits over a period spanning World War One to the age of supersonic flight. The following aircraft are included.BE.2—The RFC went to war in it in 1914. The BE was easy to fly and very stable—but it was difficult to maneuver and very easy to shoot down. Tarrant Tabor—The Tabor was grotesque, a massive misfit of an experimental bomber that predictably came to grief on its first flight. Avro Manchester—The twin-engined Manchester would fly all the way to Berlin and back—only to burst into flames over its own base. Messerschmitt Me 210—The Me 210 was developed as a successor to Goering's Destroyer, the Bf110. It was a disaster with a phenomenal accident rate. Martin B-26 Marauder—They called the B-26 the Widow-maker, fast and powerful, with some savage characteristics. Reichenberg IV—a manned version of the V-1 flying bomb, was a desperation weapon, its pilots intended to fly suicide missions against Allied shipping. Tu-144—Rushed prematurely into its test program to beat the Anglo-French Concorde, the TU-144 was intended to be Russia's supersonic dream.
- 2005 Robert Jackson
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