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Turbulent Journey

The Jumo Engine, Operation Paperclip and the American Dream by Decher, Reiner Code: 61695 Format: Hardback / 192 pages Publication date: 28/12/2022 Availability: Pre Order. Release date: December 2022 Price: AU $56.99

This untold story of early jet development, surviving the collapse of the Reich, and starting over in America is recounted by Reiner Decher, whos father Siegfried was an engineer on the team that designed the engine for the Me 262. Germany built the first operational jet aircraft during World War II, the Messerschmitt Me 262. Siegfried Decher was part of the engineering team that designed the engines that powered the 262. At the end of the war, Decher was nearly stranded in the Soviet Occupation Zone, but the US military made contact and offered a way out. As the principal responsible for a control system in the Jumo engine, Decher was of value to the Allies. Plans to evacuate during Operation Paperclip fell through. After a detour in France, Decher reached American shores several years later, where he enjoyed a successful career in the civil aviation industry. This untold story of early jet development, surviving the collapse of the Reich, and starting over in America is recounted by Siegfrieds son, Reiner. Reiner, an accomplished engineer in his own right, constructs the story through a combination of his own memories and original letters and documents from his family archive. AUTHOR: Reiner Decher is an MIT graduate and retired aeronautical engineering professor (University of Washington). He authored two engineering textbooks and a history of aviation engines and their impact on the design of airliners. He also edited the memoir of a US Army intelligence officer in WW II. He lives in Washington and volunteers as a docent at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. 65 b/w photographs

Format: Hardback
Pages: 192
Availability: Pre Order. Release date: December 2022
Publisher: SCHIFFER PUBLISHING
Publication date: 28/12/2022
Country of publication: UNITED STATES
Weight: 0 g
Dimensions: 229.00mm X 152.00mm
Code: 61695

Reiner Decher is an MIT graduate and retired aeronautical engineering professor (University of Washington). He authored two engineering textbooks and a history of aviation engines and their impact on the design of airliners. He also edited the memoir of a US Army intelligence officer in WW II. He lives in Washington and volunteers as a docent at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.