Luftwaffe

The Boeing YB-40: how the B-17F strategic bomber was turned into a four-engined escort fighter

The Boeing YB-40: how the B-17F strategic bomber was turned into a four-engined escort fighter

The YB-40 could carry nearly triple the amount of ammunition - 11,200 rounds as compared to 3,900 rounds carried on… Read More

3 years ago

Here’s why the B-29 could have had a higher loss rate than the B-17 and B-24 over Germany in 1943

The B-29 was primarily used in the Pacific theater during World War II but how would it have fared in… Read More

3 years ago

“Eurofighter will play a fundamental role when FCAS arrives,” former Typhoon pilot says

“The European nations involved in planning the next FCAS systems won’t be able to get the best out of them,… Read More

3 years ago

During the Battle of Britain, a lone German Arado Ar 196 reconnaissance seaplane fought against six RAF Spitfires. And shot one down.

The RAF learned that the Ar 196 could be a surprisingly dangerous opponent if flown by an able pilot. Beating… Read More

3 years ago

Airbus offers 85 Tranche 5 Eurofighters to the Luftwaffe to replace its fleet of Panavia Tornados

In April the German government approved the buy of 30 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet multirole and 15 EA-18G Growler electronic… Read More

3 years ago

Volksjäger: the story of the Heinkel He 162, the Nazi wooden jet fighter

The Heinkel He162 was one of Nazi Germany's last ditch attempts to win back the control of the skies with… Read More

3 years ago

The story of the Focke-Wulf Triebflügeljäger, vertical take-off and landing tail-sitter interceptor with three rotating wings that never was

Each of the three wings was tipped with a combination ramjet and 300kg thrust solid fuel Walter starter-rocket. The Focke-Wulf Triebflügeljäger… Read More

3 years ago

Shedding light on a mystery: why RAF Museum Do 17 was not shot down by a Defiant ‘bomber formation destroyer’

One particular claim made by a Defiant crew of No. 264 Sqn has had some resonance in recent years –… Read More

3 years ago

The story of the Messerschmitt Me 262 three-seater night fighter that never was

The Me 262-based three-seater was an attempt to meet the Luftwaffe advanced night fighter competition aimed to develop a plane… Read More

3 years ago

How a Luftwaffe Sharkmouthed Me 110 inspired Flying Tigers’ legendary tiger mouth insignia

Former Army Air Corps pilot Erik Shilling ended up creating the insignia that would forever be linked with the American… Read More

3 years ago

Here’s why Luftwaffe lost 20% of its Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers during the Battle of Britain even though they were escorted by fighters

The Ju-87 Stukas were the nearest thing to precision bombers the Germans had, and they were used as such right… Read More

3 years ago

The story of the observation mission to monitor V2 impacts flown by Luftwaffe Arado Ar 234 reconnaissance aircraft on Christmas Day 1944

While less famous than the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighters, the Ar 234s that reached Luftwaffe units provided excellent service,… Read More

4 years ago

IAF and Luftwaffe aircraft perform historic joint flyby at Dachau concentration camp and Olympic Village in Munich

The Israeli Air Force and German Air Force held an event on Aug. 18. 2020 that will go down in… Read More

4 years ago

Here’s why the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 German fighter aircraft created panic in the RAF when it appeared in late 1941

The Fw 190 appeared in action over northwestern France in September 1941 and rapidly proved its superiority over the Mark… Read More

4 years ago

Israeli Air Force fighter pilots to conduct flyovers of Dachau concentration camp and the Olympic Village in Munich in September

The IAF aircraft will conduct flyovers of the sites to honor the memory of those who perished there. The Israeli… Read More

4 years ago

Final Dogfight – May 8, 1945: Who scored the last aerial victory of the air war in Europe?

There are numerous reports of American and Soviet aircraft engaged in combat with one another on May 8 and afterwards.… Read More

4 years ago