Luftwaffe

The incredible story of the RAF Mosquito Pilot that was able to land his Aircraft with the Tip of a Bullet from a Luftwaffe Ju 188 in his Liver

The incredible story of the RAF Mosquito Pilot that was able to land his Aircraft with the Tip of a Bullet from a Luftwaffe Ju 188 in his Liver

A good Ju 188 gunner could make his mark even on a Mosquito, as happened over the English Channel, some… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the Me 163 Komet Rocket fighters that defended the Leuna chemical complex during the USAAF’s Oil Campaign

The first Me 163 Komet rocket-fighter squadron was based at Brandis in order to protect the vital Leuna chemical complex.… Read More

2 years ago

“Things don’t look rosy for our big cities:” Here’s what the Luftwaffe’s leadership thought of the legendary B-17 Flying Fortress bomber

What did the Luftwaffe’s leadership think of the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber? The B-17 Flying Fortress is one of the… Read More

2 years 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

Here’s why the Horten Ho 229 WW II German low-drag Bomber may have been the First Stealth Aircraft (although it Never Entered Service)

If it were true that the Horten Ho 229 was conceived not only as a low-drag bomber but also to… Read More

2 years ago

In a Blow for Boeing, Germany drops the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G and Buys 35 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Stealth Fighters and 15 Eurofighter Jets equipped for Electronic Warfare

Announcing a first big defence deal since Chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged a 100-billion-euro upgrade to the military in response to… Read More

2 years ago

The Death of Hauptmann Eduard Tratt, the highest-scoring Zerstörer ace of World War II

His death signaled the end of the Luftwaffe’s ability to use the heavily armed twin-engine Me 110G and Me 410s… Read More

2 years ago

The last mission flown by Oberleutnant Oskar Romm, one of the Luftwaffe Expertens to end his war flying the Focke-Wulf FW 190D-9

One highly experienced Luftwaffe pilot to end his war flying the Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 was Oberleutnant Oskar Romm, the Gruppenkommandeur… Read More

2 years ago

Germany could allegedly drop the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G as well as the European New Generation Fighter for the F-35 Lightning II

A German defence source told Reuters on Feb. 3, 2022 that the Luftwaffe is moving toward buying the Lockheed Martin… Read More

2 years ago

Did you know the F-104 had not been the only “Widow Maker?” During the Cold War the MiG-19, MiG-21 and F-100 had high accident rates too

The F-104 was not the only fighter aircraft to have a high accident rate during the Cold War. The first… Read More

2 years ago

During a British raid over the Ruhr in 1943 a Luftwaffe night fighter shot down a RAF Halifax. The resulting huge blast shot down two RAF Stirlings too.

The 77 Squadron Halifax II (KN-D, JB837) piloted by Sgt R. Lewis was attacked by a night fighter at 17,000ft,… 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 day Allied POWs at Stalag Luft III saw a Luftwaffe Me 262 flying above the camp were so shocked they feared Germany could still win War World II

The gun turret operators among the prisoners said that there was no way they could rotate their turrets fast enough… Read More

2 years ago

F-14 Tomcat pilot and TOPGUN instructor tells the story of when he nailed a MiG-29 in a 1v1 dogfight

Captain Sam “Slammer” Richardson forced the MiG-29 pilot to call “Knock it off.” Afterwards, he said the Fulcrum pilot could… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the RAF Hurricane pilot who rammed a Luftwaffe Do 17 bomber and saved Buckingham Palace

As the Do 17 broke up its bombs fell, unarmed, over London. Two 50 kilo bombs fell in the grounds… Read More

3 years ago