The Jagdgeschwader 400 group was formed for the sole purpose of flying one of the world's most revolutionary aircraft - the rocket-powered Me 163. Although the Me 163 scored relatively few kills, giving it a success rate much lower than the Me 262, it still had a massive psychological impact upon the Allies, and the technology and experiences gained in the Me 163 went on to influence the jet fighters of modern times.
The introduction of jet-powered aircraft demanded massive changes in training, equipment, servicing and tactics, all of which are described and examined in this essential analysis of the story of the Me 163 in frontline service with Erprobungskommando 16 and Jagdgeschwader 400.
"The book provides a goodly number of photos of the aircraft and pilots who flew the plane. There are combat reports from both sides on flight operations and like all Osprey 'Aviation Elite Unit' titles, there are several pages of color profiles. Appendices include a full unit organization, a roster of pilots, biographies of some of the more notable personnel associated with the 163, a flight log of every combat sortie flown by 163s and a section on armament ... a fascinating read on an equally intriguing aircraft." -Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness
"...recommended to aviation historians and modelers alike." - Pablo Bauleo, IPMS/USA
"...[offers] rare photos, first-hand accounts, and a dramatic history from two experts. Any serious World War II collection must have this!" - The Midwest Book Review