Valiant Wings Publishing: The Heinkel He-177 Greif


Richard A Franks


Valiant Wings Publishing


£25.95 MSRP at


Scott Van Aken

Notes: 194 pages, A4 Format, softcover,
ISBN: 978-1-912932-38-2, Airframe Album #20

I've always been fascinated by the story of the He-177. It was an aircraft which should have been quite successful, but it was hobbled by several factors. One was that it had to be a dive bomber, which was quite ridiculous given its size, but that is what happens when politics gets involved in aircraft design requirements. The other was the use of the Daimler-Benz DB 606 engines. These were basically two DB 601s sharing a common crankshaft. This engine never got properly sorted out and was one of many things that led to the delay of the aircraft. Its lack of reliability also caused issues as it tended to catch fire with great frequency. In the end, a version was designed with four standard engines, but by then it was far too late in the war and never saw service with the Luftwaffe.

This book adds to a growing library in the Airframe Album series. These issues cover the history of types that don't really fit into the Aircraft and Miniatures series as they were fairly low production types, unlike aircraft such as the Lancaster. We are provided with a full history of the aircraft as well as an extensive look at the aircraft itself, thanks to period photos and excerpts from various tech manuals. Another large section is the Evolution portion that covers every difference between variants from the first prototype to those that were under consideration but never built. This is followed by a fairly extensive camouflage and markings portion. Also included is a single kit build of the Revell 1/72 He-177, followed by info on decals, books, and aftermarket items. There is also a small kit section, but the 177 has not been widely kitted so this portion is fairly small.

In all, a most welcome addition to what is a superb series of books and well worth the effort of adding to your library.

April 2024

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