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Weider History (US), July 2010
The book is a fascinating glimpse of a spectacular piloting career!
It faithfully profiles the dawn of the rocket and jet age, from the perspective of a participant with an eagle eye for detail.
Pacific Wings (NZ), April 2010
This book is nothing short of a gem for anyone interested in real aviation history!
Some readers might be reluctant to pick up a book that has been “translated”, as the word almost invariably implies a disjointed and difficult-to-read text. Thankfully, nothing could be further from the truth. Not only has the translator, Geoffrey Brooks, done an excellent job of translating the author’s words extremely readably, he also appears to have grasped all the subtleties of humour and personality intended by the author.
A thoroughly recommended read!
Aero Australia (AU), March 2010
Germany's Erich Warsitz should go down in aviation history as one of the great test pilots!
He died in 1983 but this book is a fitting tribute to his largely unheralded achievements.
Model Aircraft Monthly (UK), February 2010
A fascinating read and an invaluable insight in to the workings of pre- and wartime test flying under the Third Reich!
The reader will find the story of the trials and tribulations of pre-war life in Germany fascinating, including the infighting that took place.
SA Flyer (ZA), January 2010
Erich Warsitz pioneered jet flight by piloting the truly frightening very first experimental jet aircraft. He pioneered the paradigm shift in aviation that jet engines brought about.
This vividly captures the halcyon days of German aviation history as it threw off its post WWI shackles and prepared once again for war. Little was known of this period because of the tight security that surrounded Germany’s illicit aircraft development.
It is an essential work for anyone interested in the key period of aeronautical growth!
New Zealand Aviation News, December 2009/January 2010
After all, it is not every day that you get to read a book of such historical significance. Perhaps this review should be censored as the book contains information that is both extraordinary and quite shocking as the reader realizes how close the world came to seeing a very different result in WW2. Little is known of this period in German aviation history as the project was shrouded in secrecy, which is what makes this book so exciting and fascinating to read. This book is the story of a remarkable pilot and the birth of jet flight as we know it today. An easy and informative page-turner!
Flying (US), December 2009
Heinkel’s chief test pilot was a handsome young man named Erich Warsitz, whose autobiography, The First Jet Pilot, compiled by his son Lutz from diaries and conversations, has recently been published, in an inept English translation, by a British firm, Pen and Sword Books.
Erich Warsitz had turned a page of history and become, as the title of the book says, “the first jet pilot".
Microlight Flying (UK), December 2009
This is the story of German test pilot Erich Warsitz. If he had been English or American, his flying would have become the stuff of legend. But history is written by the winners, and it’s taken until now for Erich’s story to be given the publicity it deserves.
The book is written by Erich’s son, based on interviews he did with his father. It includes fascinating photographs too, and is a spellbinding read!
Airnews (ZA), October 2009
In terms of aviations pioneers, a few key names are always sure to get a mention. However, a sphere of aviation development often overlooked by the history books is that of the world’s first jet engine by the Germans in the run-up to World War II. Having been translated from German by Geoffrey Brooks, The First Jet Pilot makes for extremely easy reading of a somewhat difficult subject, and the personal interludes and introspection add a great touch for being able to gauge the mental make-up of the test pilots of a bygone era.
More than just a good read. It is an historical document of inestimable value in the aviation pioneering field!
Airforce Revue (CA), Fall 2009
This book, authored by the pilot’s son, Lutz Warsitz, following years of research into his father’s notes and diaries, provides the reader an accurate series of events both preceding and subsequent to the flight.
As well, it gives the reader a sense of the general atmosphere existing in the Luftwaffe during the heady days of German aviation experimentation in the 1930s.
Classic Wings (NZ), issue 72, 2009
As time passes it is getting rarer to read first-hand accounts from those who participated in World War II, especially those involved in significant events. Fortunately some have recorded their experiences and passed them on to family members who realize the significance of what their parents achieved. Lutz Warsitz has not only been able to draw on the conversations he had with his father, but access to his extensive notes and log books, diagrams and photographs mean that this book is a very historic, and very readable, document of a fascinating, dangerous and pioneering time in aviation history and upon putting it down one can only admire the courage of Warsitz and the men and women who followed in his footsteps.
Forecast International (US), August 2009
This is a fascinating first-hand account of a little known chapter in aviation history, which will be enjoyed by all aviation buffs and historians!
The title of the book, “The First Jet Pilot” is modest, as Erich Warsitz was not only the world’s first Jet Pilot; he was also the world’s first Rocket Pilot!
LISMS (US), June 2009
Not only is it very readable and enjoyable book but also a valuable contemporary historical document since it was written by people intimately involved in the first years of Germany’s efforts in jet propulsion, particularly in the case of Heinkel.
Highly recommended. This is not just another rehash!
Model Airplane International (UK), May 2009
A fascinating story of a very important person in the history of aviation and one that is good to have in print at long last!
All aspects of initial research into jet and rocket propulsion are covered along with all the technical and political elements that had a bearing on them.