Luftwaffe

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

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

4 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

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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

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During WWII a Slovak Air Force’s biplane pilot rescued a downed fellow pilot by carrying him on the bottom wing of his aircraft

František Brezina slid on the bottom wing but fortunately he managed to still hold the struts with his arms even… Read More

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How a captured Focke-Wulf Fw 190A led to the development of the Spitfire Mk IX, the best close-in fighter of WWII

'Fighter pilots of every nationality thought the Spitfire Mk IX was the best close-in fighter of them all,' AVM 'Johnnie'… Read More

4 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 Hans-Guido Mutke, the Me 262 pilot who might have gone supersonic two years earlier than Chuck Yeager

"The airspeed indicator was stuck in the red danger zone, which is over 1100kph. I noticed that rivets began popping… Read More

4 years ago

The story of the Blohm & Voss BV 155, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 on Steroids that Never Was

Had it somehow been rushed into production sooner though, the BV 155 might well have made itself useful in combating… Read More

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Germany approves Super Hornet/Growler buy to replace Luftwaffe Tornado Fighter Bombers

German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has told the US government that Berlin has given clearance for the Luftwaffe to acquire… 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

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Germany is reportedly replacing Tornado jets with split buy of Super Hornets, Growlers and Eurofighters. ‘But the best choice would be the F-35,’ U.K. defense think tank says.

Germany plans to use the Boeing Super Hornet to fill a NATO requirement to field fighter aircraft capable of dropping… Read More

4 years ago

Here’s why the bombing of Guernica was Hitler’s greatest victory in the Spanish Civil War

The wildly exaggerated reports of the bombing gave the world the impression that the Luftwaffe could easily raze entire cities… Read More

4 years ago

That Time a German F-104 Starfighter Bowed Upwards the Power Lines during a Low Level Ground Attack Training sortie

The F-104 extremely short wingspan, which made it a very fast but highly unstable craft at low altitudes, didn't scare… Read More

4 years ago

Norden Bombsight, Formation Bombing and Lead Crews: How American B-17 Bombers Hoped to Achieve Air Superiority during Long-Range Daylight Precision Bombings over Germany

In 1943, the Eighth Air Force's top priority was to destroy the Luftwaffe and its factories, and their B-17s were… Read More

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