The Heinkel He 115 was a classic float plane design, with twin floats,
twin engines, a broad wing and a long greenhouse canopy. The excellent
range and decent maneuverability of the type put it in service in just
about every front where there was water. This book covers the history
of this famous float plane, and covers it well.
The text is in both Polish and English, with the English running in
a column next to the Polish. I like this style because by following the
text in each column you can pick up a bit of Polish, which can be useful
for reading those books that don't have an English translation. The book
starts out with the origins of the He 115 and covers both the early testing
and operations and the technical background of the type. In this same
section the book talks about foreign use of the He 115, including Swedish,
Norwegian, and Finnish service, among others.
The next section makes up the lion's share of the book and that covers
the Luftwaffe operations of the He 115. From Greece to Norway the He 115
in German service is covered completely. General service plus anecdotal
information makes this book a pleasure to read.
Finishing up the book is a section on colors and markings, including
foreign operators as well as Luftwaffe service. This section is finished
off by a set of scale drawings and some nicely done color profiles.
If you're interested in German float planes then you've surely heard
of the He 115. This book will make an excellent addition to your library
and you shouldn't pass it up, especially if you're thinking of building
either the Matchbox or Revell kits of the plane.