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FZG 76 Geräte-Handbuch / FZG 76 (V-1 Cruise Missile) Device HandbookWorld War II German V-1 technical manual for care, assembly, service, and testing. An authentic reprint of the original operating manuals and parts list for the cruise missile, designated in these documents under the cover code-name “FZG 76.”  This rare (and once top-secret) Nazi Luftwaffe manual, published in Berlin, is the one used by those World War troops who assembled, tested, and launched the thousands of V-1 missiles aimed at England in 1944.  The V-1, which many know better as the “Buzz Bomb,” was the first production cruise missile, and was prototype for similar experimental jet aircraft built by the U.S. Navy (the “Loon” is the best known of these). Actually this is a copy of a copy of the original and complete April 1944 edition, including all seven volumes and the spare parts list. In German. 234 pages, $19.95. 


Tests of a 22-Inch-Diameter Pulse-Jet EngineNational Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory, Cleveland, Ohio (predecessor to NASA).  A rare collection of special value to pulsejet engineers, designers, and experimental engine developers, both "amateur" and professional.  Quite valuable for "hands-on" experimental work, and exceptional reference resources for developers of pulsejet engines, as well as ram jets, gas turbines, and turbojets.  Many engineering drawings, graphs, tables, and charts of design and performance data that can't be found elsewhere, including early U.S. experimental pulse jet engines similar to those of the original German V-1 Schmidt-Argus cruise missile powerplants.  These documents were long classified ("Confidential") military secrets!  If you fly a Dyna-Jet or any similar pulsejet-powered model airplane, this book will provide a lot of technical information to supplement your knowledge.  (The NACA pulsejet engine tests are simply large-scale experiments with engines very similar in design and function to that of the DynaJet, MEW, Tiger-Jet, SilverJet, MiniJet, and other smaller "explosion pulse-cycle" engines.)  It will also give you many hints on getting the highest performance from your aeromodel powerplant.  140 pages, $24.95

Included in this book are the following documents:

NACA WARTIME MEMORANDUM REPORT E5J02: Sea-Level Performance Tests of a 22-Inch-Diameter Pulse-Jet Engine at Various Simulated Ram Pressures

NACA WARTIME MEMORANDUM REPORT E6E15:  Effect of a Low-Loss Air Valve on Performance of a 22-Inch-Diameter Pulse-Jet Engine

NACA WARTIME MEMORANDUM REPORT E6G01:  The Effect of Increase in Combustion-Air Inlet Temperature From 80° to 130°F on the Sea-Level Performance of a 22-Inch-Diameter Pulse-Jet Engine

NACA TECHNICAL NOTE NO. 1702:  Analytical and Experimental Performance of an Explosion-Cycle Combustion Chamber for a Jet-Propulsion Engine


Hovering Performance of Jet-Propulsion Engine Helicopters.  Virginia L. Brightwell, Max D. Peters, and J.C. Sanders, Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory; National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), predecessor to NASA.  A rare technical report of special value to jet propulsion and aircraft engineers, designers, and experimental engine developers, both "amateur" and professional.  An exceptional reference resource for developers of aircraft jet engines--ramjets, pulse jets, gas turbines, and turbojets.  Describes in great detail an extensive research and development program for helicopters powered by ramjet and pulsejet engines, immediately after World War II.  Shows how jet-propelled helicopters can lift greater disposable loads, and have other distinct advantages.  41 pages, $19.95. 

Jet Propulsion. Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (GALCIT). Advanced theory and operation of pulsejet engines, with the first known American scientific discussion and detailed technical analysis of the German V-1 pulsejet engine, prepared for the US Army Air Corps. The name "Jet Propulsion Laboratory" became the name by which the Project would be known. This 1946 document is one of very few ever published by the original "GALCIT" organization with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory name. For many, many years this report remained “Restricted” and very secret.  It’s a key technical and historical book for every pulsejet and experimental rocketry enthusiast.  Very hard to find and now long out-of-print. 24 pages, $16.95.

Russian Pulsejet Engines and Pulsejet-Powered Model Airplanes: 1948 - 1958.  Vyacheslav Borodin.  Most complete text we've ever seen about small pulse-jet engines for model airplanes, racing cars, and boats.  It's written in Russian, but don't let that stop you: the drawings, tables, charts, and plans are worth the price of the book.  Covers all aspects of pulse jet reaction engines, with exceptionally detailed plans, engineering drawings, graphs, tables, and charts for several models and their component parts.  Includes both design theory (with all the key pulse cycle formulas and mathematical equations) and practical fabrication descriptions.  specifications and fine engineering drawings for many Russian, Japanese, US, and other European engines--with dimensions, performance tables, fuel tanks and fuel feed schematics).  103 pages, $21.95.  

Jets & Models Guide.  Paul Del Gatto.  The classic text for Dyna-Jet, MEW, Tiger, and other pulsejet engines for modeling, plus details about Jetex rocket motors.  Originally published by Aristo-Craft Distinctive Miniatures (NY, 1967), with more than 30 illustrations, including several technical drawings, full aeromodelling plans and "3-view," performance graphs, and model photos, complete in one volume.  Includes 15 pages on the evolution and development of the V-1, PJ-31, Minijet, Dyna-Jet, Marquardt MA-16, Saunders-Roe pulsejets, SNECMA "Valveless Resojet," M.E.W. 307, Tiger-Jet L-1 and M-1, Ogawa O.S. Type II, Jaggers Juggernaut, Decojet, BMW RT.2000, Brauner, Victoria MD.1, Hagiwara's Eureka jet, SAAB J35, and other jets for aeromodelling.  Instructions for the Tiger Jet M-1 and M-2 engines, covering structure, operation, starting equipment, fuel, starting, troubleshooting, and technical specifications.  34 pages about Jetex, including 53 drawings, plans, illustrations, tables, and photos.  One section is devoted to the Psst "50" Mark II motor.  A final chapter is devoted to ballistic rocket models, with some good information on aerodynamics and trajectories, center of gravity, fin alignment, construction hints, and electrical ignition systems.  Circuit diagrams are provided for building a simple but effective battery-ignition system and firing panel.  This volume is one of the few anywhere devoted to micro pulsejets, such as the DynaJet.  Hard to find.  Book reviewed here.  44 pages, $14.95.


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