Ian Allan, 1st ed., 1971. 144 pp., photo-ills. D.j., 18 x 23cm. Wear & repairs to d.j., but complete apart from small price clipping o/w V.G. From an inauspicious beginning in 1926, the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke and its successor the Messerschmitt Flugzeugwerke, designed no less than 43% of the total number of military aircraft built for Nazi Germany. The author tells the story of Messerschmitt from the Pilotus glider of 1921, through the M 18 airliner, M 23 light plane, the twin-engined Bf 109, and the world's first operational rocket and jet-propelled fighters, respectively the Bf 110, Me 163 and the Me 262. This story is continued up to MBB GmbH, at the time of publication the largest German aircraft company. Apart from the aircraft the author describes the use of them by Lufthansa, the Luftwaffe and other air forces. With over 150 photographs.