Adolf Galland

“Things don’t look rosy for our big cities:” Here’s what the Luftwaffe’s leadership thought of the B-17 after their first encounter with a captured Flying Fortress

“Things don’t look rosy for our big cities:” Here’s what the Luftwaffe’s leadership thought of the B-17 after their first encounter with a captured Flying Fortress

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress design emphasized high altitude flight, speed, and heavy defensive armament… Read More

3 months ago

WWII Luftwaffe Fighter Pilots explain why attacking a B-17 formation from behind was like ‘trying to make love to a porcupine that is on fire’

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress design emphasized high altitude flight, speed, and heavy defensive armament in… Read More

4 months ago

The Spitfire Mk.XIV (and not the P-51D) was the best piston-engined fighter of WWII in Europe even according to Adolf Galland. Here’s why.

There were around 20 high performance fighter types at least nominally in service in Europe when World War II there… Read More

11 months ago

Legendary German Ace Adolf Galland explains why Operation Bodenplatte, the final large-scale low-level attack on Allied airfields was Luftwaffe’s Death Blow

'The Luftwaffe received its death blow at the Ardennes offensive. In unfamiliar conditions and with insufficient training and combat experience,… Read More

1 year ago

The day Legendary Luftwaffe Ace Adolf Galland asked Reich Marshal Hermann Goering a Squadron of Spitfires

Goering turned to Galland. "And you? What do you want'?" “l'd like a squadron of Spitfires for my Geschwader!" On… Read More

1 year ago

The Experten: Analyzing Survival rates for Aces

From the earliest days of Air Combat through Vietnam, situational awareness played a key role, and we contend such is… Read More

2 years ago

Legendary German Ace Adolf Galland tells the story of when He nearly Burned to Death after his Messerschmitt Bf 109 was badly damaged by a RAF Spitfire

On Jun. 21, 1941, Galland had blasted a Spitfire out of a formation north-east of Boulogne. He watched the flaming… Read More

2 years ago

World War II Luftwaffe Fighter Pilots explain why attacking a B-17 Flying Fortress formation from behind was like ‘trying to make love to a porcupine that is on fire’

The B-17 Flying Fortress The B-17 Flying Fortress is one of the most famous airplanes ever built. The B-17 prototype… Read More

2 years ago

The ringmaster’s Grand Finale: Legendary German Ace Adolf Galland tells the exciting story of his last combat mission

“As usual in a dogfight, I was tense and excited. I forgot to release the second safety catch for the… Read More

4 years ago

The story of Werner Mölders, the Luftwaffe fighter pilot who conceived the Finger-Four Formation

The impact of his new tactics was so dramatic that eventually, all the combatant air forces of World War II… Read More

4 years ago

The First Engagement Between a P-51 and an Me 262 and the Death of Luftwaffe Ace Walter Nowotny

Nowotny's last words, though garbled, indicated that his aircraft was hit and on fire, and seconds later he crashed to… Read More

4 years ago

B-26 Vs Me 262: the Marauder close encounters with the jets flown by Luftwaffe’s Experten

Interrogated after the war the famed ace Adolf Galland stated the B-26 was the one Allied aircraft he least liked… Read More

5 years ago

Robin Olds ranked #2 out of 34 for best pilot mustache, bested only by Orville Wright. Do you agree?

The list includes legendary pilots such as Adolf Galland, Chesley Sullenberger, Glenn Curtiss, René Fonck and…. Mike ‘Viper’ Metcalf Throughout… Read More

5 years ago

The copy of the Me 109G which was flown by Adolf Galland and Robert Stanford-Tuck is up for sale

The plane was flown by legendary German ace Adolf Galland and its was on this aircraft that he made his… Read More

6 years ago