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  • WW2 Luftwaffe fighter ace flies in RAF Spitfire for the first time

    07/22/2017 7:00:32 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 25 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | June 28, 2017 | Telegraph Reporters
    A German Second World War pilot has made his maiden voyage in a Spitfire seven decades after he flew for the Luftwaffe. Hugo Broch, 95, who last flew in 1960, took to the skies above Kent on Tuesday as a passenger in a British TR9 MJ627 Spitfire. Born on January 6 1922, Broch is a former Messerschmitt 109 fighter pilot and Luftwaffe ace. During his career, Broch flew 324 combat missions and shot down 81 enemy aircraft on the Eastern Front, including 18 Soviet Sturmoviks. His score included twelve double victories and three triple victories.
  • Merkel: Germany may move troops from Turkey to Jordan

    05/21/2017 9:52:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    AlAraby.co.uk ^ | 15 May 2017
    Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Berlin may pull its troops from Turkey following a recent deterioration in relations. The chancellor’s latest warning comes after Turkey denied visas to German lawmakers who wanted to visit troops at the Incirlik air base, located near Adana in south Turkey. “We will continue to talk with Turkey, but in parallel we will have to explore other ways of fulfilling our mandate,” Merkel said at a press conference on Monday. “That means looking at alternatives to İncirlik, and one alternative among others is Jordan,” she said. …
  • Germanys He 177 Bomber Was a Big Mistake

    12/21/2016 6:59:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 21, 2016 | Robert Beckhusen
    Put yourself in the shoes of a German pilot during World War II. It’d be more than just a bit concerning if your assignment was to fly the “Flaming Coffin,” a.k.a. the “One Way Bomber” or “Volcano.” But the hot, flammable He 177 Greif, or Griffin, was Nazi Germany’s only long-range heavy bomber produced in appreciable numbers. The 35-ton machine — when fully loaded — was a mistake, and more importantly, contributed to the German defeat by sucking up valuable resources into an ineffective and compromised aircraft.
  • Germany to Suspend Production of Eurofighter Jets

    10/05/2016 3:25:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 04.10.2016
    After twenty years in service, the Eurofighter aircraft may be temporarily or permanently withdrawn from the German market, German newspaper Die Welt wrote. The final assembly of Eurofighter jets that once were considered a prestige project is likely to be suspended in Germany at least until 2018. The main problem is the lack of contracts and the complexity of the production process. The components of the aircraft are manufactured at four plants in Germany, Britain, Italy and Spain, which makes the production very complicated and expensive. "It resembles a huge puzzle: all right wings are produced in Spain, the left...
  • Merkel calls for no-fly zone as Russian jets hassle Luftwaffe (over Syria)

    02/16/2016 2:49:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 Feb 2016 08:09 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday backed a call from Turkey for a no-fly zone over parts of Syria, saying it would alleviate the situation of displaced Syrians. "In the current situation it would be helpful, if there could be such an area, where none of the parties are allowed to launch aerial attacks, that is to say, a kind of no-fly zone," she told the daily Stuttgarter Zeitung, when asked about opening up such areas to host people fleeing fighting in the war-torn country. Merkel's call came on the same day that the Luftwaffe (German air force) confirmed Russian...
  • Syria conflict: Half of German Tornado jets 'not airworthy'

    12/03/2015 5:43:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2 December 2015
    Only 29 of Germany's 66 Tornado jets are airworthy, a defence ministry report has revealed. It comes two days before German MPs are expected to vote in favour of military action against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria. Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has stressed that only six of the operational Tornado jets would be needed for the proposed mission. A vote on the UK's involvement takes place in parliament on Wednesday. Germany decided to join the fight against IS after an appeal by French President Francois Hollande in the wake of the 13 November Paris attacks. But the...
  • Eurofighter has manufacturing fault: Germany

    10/01/2014 6:14:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    (MENAFN - AFP) A manufacturing fault has been discovered in the Eurofighter Typhoon warplanes, Germany said Tuesday, announcing it was suspending deliveries of the sophisticated jets. The news was another blow to the troubled and costly Eurofighter programme -- and raised concerns over the use of the planes. According to Germany's defence ministry, the defect discovered was in the rear fuselage of the twin-engine multirole fighter. As a result, Berlin has decided to cut the time its Eurofighters spend in the air each year in half, from 3,000 hours to 1,500 hours. The news website Spiegel Online reported that, in...
  • Britain and Germany Are Still Upgrading the Tornado

    08/29/2014 8:37:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    AIN online ^ | August 27, 2014 | CHRIS POCOCK
    The deployment of four UK Royal Air Force Tornadoes to perform overwatch of Iraq, and an unconfirmed report last week that more might be deployed for surveillance of northern Nigeria, serves to illustrate the ongoing value of the aging but effective Tonka. Although the RAF fleet is scheduled to be retired in 2019 in favor of the F-35, upgrades continue, with another one announced recently. Meanwhile, the German air force intends to keep its Tornado fleet until at least 2025, with its own upgrades. Tornado surveillance of northern Iraq has demonstrated the value of the Rafael Litening III targeting pod...
  • OOPS: BROWNLEY USES GERMAN LUFTWAFFE UNIFORM IN MAILER TO CONSTITUENTS

    08/06/2014 3:02:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5 Aug 2014 | ADELLE NAZARIAN
    Several "concerned local veterans" have reportedly pointed out that Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA) of the 26th congressional district sent a political mailer to her constituents in July that featured a stock photo of a "veteran" wearing a hat bearing a German Lutwaffe insignia, according to the Daily Caller. "The photograph is likely a purchased stock photo of a model in a costume contrived from various emblems to look like an official naval uniform. However it is clearly not an American Navy uniform, or that of any U.S. military branch," said Brownley's opponent, Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) in a press...
  • Germany launches drive to make military attractive

    06/04/2014 6:31:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 4, 2014 9:09 AM EDT | Geir Moulson
    Germanys defense minister plans to equip the countrys newly all-volunteer military with better childcare, more attractive barracks and Internet accessgiving it a facelift as it competes with business for new recruits in a humming economy. Ursula von der Leyen, who became Germanys first female defense minister in December and is widely considered a potential successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel, on Wednesday set out plans to put 100 million ($136 million) over the next five years into dusting off the Bundeswehrs starchy image.
  • A stricken Allied bomber-German ace sent to shoot it down+truly-inspiring story of wartime chivalry

    07/20/2013 4:16:58 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 19, 2013
    *Luftwaffe pilot Lt Franz Stigler refused to shoot down near-destroyed Allied bomber *Instead he guided stricken pilot Lt Charlie Brown to safety *A phone call led to a tearful reunion of the two World War II veterans The lone Allied bomber was a sitting duck. Holed all over by flak and bullets and down to a single good engine, it struggled simply to stay in the air over Germany, let alone make it the 300 miles back to England.
  • PICTURE: German air force to bid 'Pharewell' to last F-4Fs

    06/26/2013 2:09:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 78 replies
    Flight International ^ | 06/26/2013 | Craig Hoyle
    PICTURE: German air force to bid 'Pharewell' to last F-4Fs Germany will retire its last operational McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom IIs on 29 June, with the veteran type's duties having been assumed by Eurofighter units. After almost 40 years of service, the final interceptors will be retired during a decommissioning event to be staged at the Luftwaffe's Wittmund air base. The final German examples are operated by the air force's JG 71 "Richthofen" squadron, which was also the first to begin flying the type, in March 1974. Delivered in 1973, its first F-4F, 37+01, received a special livery for the...
  • Adolf Hitler's Plot To Bomb New York (w/Rocket Propelled Space Shuttle Carrying Radioactive Payload)

    01/04/2013 12:13:30 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 60 replies
    Daily Express ^ | January 4, 2013 | David Robinson
    ADOLF HITLER'S PLOT TO BOMB NEW YORK Newly discovered papers reveal the Nazis most bizarre plan sending manned rockets into space to attack America. The head of the Luftwaffe Hermann Goering banged his fi st on the table in anger. He needed a dynamic new scheme to catch the Fuhrers eye. In the warped world of the Third Reich, competition between the German army and the German air force the Luftwaffe was fierce. Under Adolf Hitlers power-crazed dictatorial leadership senior Nazis vied and tussled for infl uence throughout the Second World War. At the end of 1941,...
  • Luftwaffe wreck sites in Norway

    03/18/2012 5:30:10 AM PDT · by csvset · 27 replies
    tilde.org ^ | 18 March 2012 | Kjell Srensen
    Saw this listed on another forum, http://www.militaryphotos.netA gent has taken the time to gather info regarding downed aircraft.Interesting stuff.Luftwaffe wreck sites in Norway
  • Germany to do away with U.S. nukes?

    10/16/2010 9:52:21 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/7/2010 | UPI
    The German Defense Ministry has denied a newspaper report that it plans to decommission its entire fleet of Tornado jets by 2013, a move that would effectively end a nuclear weapons sharing deal with the United States. Guarded by U.S. soldiers, an estimated 22 U.S. nuclear weapons are locked away in the bunkers under the Fliegerhorst Buechel, an airbase in Rhineland-Palatinate run by the German Luftwaffe. The B-61 thermonuclear bombs, which can be dropped from low-flying jets at high speeds, signify the ultimate nuclear deterrent: They're 13 times more devastating than the bomb dropped over Hiroshima in 1945. As part...
  • German airforce grounds Eurofighters over glitch

    09/16/2010 9:25:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 16, 2010
    German airforce grounds Eurofighters over glitch (Reuters) - Germany's air force has grounded all its Eurofighter combat aircraft due to problems with their ejector seats, a Defence Ministry spokesman said on Thursday. Experts from the air force, or Luftwaffe, were working with manufacturers to sort out the issue after it was discovered that the seats' operation could not be guaranteed under certain conditions, the spokesman added. The Luftwaffe has 55 Eurofighters, built by European aerospace group EADS. The ministry said it was not clear when they would return to active service. U.S.-built Phantom jets had been mobilised to ensure monitoring...
  • Luftwaffe fighter ace reunited with Bf 109

    07/18/2010 6:41:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 7/18/2010 | Craig Hoyle
    The UK's 70th anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Britain attracted an unusual visitor to the Royal International Air Tattoo: a rare Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter. Owned by EADS, the aircraft is one of only a handful of the more than 34,000 Bf 109-class fighters produced which remain airworthy. Also known as "Red Seven", the aircraft was built in 1958 and served with the Spanish air force until 1965, before later taking a starring role in the 1969 film The Battle of Britain. Now carrying Luftwaffe markings, the Bf 109 was due to mark the anniversary by flying in formation...
  • Savage cuts for German Air Forces

    07/08/2010 4:11:47 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Key.com ^ | 7/8/2010 | Gary Parsons
    German newspaper The Local says that Germanys armed forces (Bundeswehr) are facing deep cuts in the governments attempt to save nearly 10 billion. The Defence Ministry has drafted a proposal for cuts with the Luftwaffe facing the most drastic reductions the report says that up to 15 C-160 Transall transporters will be immediately decommissioned and the number of Airbus Military A400Ms reduced from the current requirement of 60, and 100 Tornado fighters will be retired as soon as possible, leaving just 85. The Luftwaffe will also not receive the last 37 Eurofighter Typhoons on order. Helicopter numbers will also...
  • German air force starts tests with upgraded Tornad

    04/14/2010 11:08:26 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 512+ views
    FlightGlobal ^ | 4/14/2010 | Craig Hoyle
    The German air force has commenced test activities with the first of a planned 85 Panavia Tornado aircraft to be upgraded to a so-called ASSTA 2 operating configuration. Prepared by EADS Military Air Systems using an electronic combat and reconnaissance variant aircraft, the modernisation introduces improved cockpit displays and countermeasures equipment. EADS expects to update 62 Tornados to the ASSTA 2 standard after the completion of flight tests by the air forces WTD-61 test squadron, with the service to modify the rest of its retained fleet in Erding. The Luftwaffe plans to continue flying 85 Tornados until around 2020, after...
  • The LuftRAFfe: British pilot and German navigator share Tornado in first-ever join combat flights

    04/05/2010 12:53:14 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 558+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 4/04/2010 | Christopher Leake
    An RAF pilot and an aviator from the Luftwaffe have flown together on a combat mission for the first time since Britain and Germany were bitter Second World War enemies. The two airmen joined forces in the skies above Afghanistan in the war against the Taliban. Last night, the Ministry of Defence confirmed that an RAF flight lieutenant had piloted a Tornado GR4 supersonic jet with a German navigator behind him in the cockpit. The Luftwaffe major - the equivalent of a squadron leader in the RAF - speaks perfect English and is said to have fitted in well with...