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  • Germany’s 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    After twenty years in service, the Eurofighter aircraft may be temporarily or permanently withdrawn from the German market, German newspaper Die Welt wrote.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 ^ | 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...

    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
    Germany’s defense minister plans to equip the country’s newly all-volunteer military with better childcare, more attractive barracks and Internet access—giving it a facelift as it competes with business for new recruits in a humming economy. Ursula von der Leyen, who became Germany’s 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 Bundeswehr’s 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 Fuhrer’s 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 Hitler’s 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 ^ | 18 March 2012 | Kjell Sřrensen
    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 ^ | 7/8/2010 | Gary Parsons
    German newspaper The Local says that Germany’s armed forces (Bundeswehr) are facing deep cuts in the government’s 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 force’s 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...
  • PHOTOS: "Hitler's Stealth Fighter"

    06/27/2009 6:30:17 PM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 131 replies · 8,085+ views
    National Geographic ^ | June 25, 2009 | Linda Reynolds
    ON TV Hitler's Stealth Fighter airs Sunday, June 28, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel. Preview Hitler's Stealth Fighter >> July 25, 2009--At a Northrop Grumman facility in California, top stealth-plane experts admire their handiwork in late 2008—a full-size, though flightless, replica of a Horten 2-29, aka Hitler's stealth fighter, created for a documentary airing June 28 on the National Geographic Channel. (Read the full story.) The team tested the re-created Nazi jet against World War II-style radar. With its radar-resistant design and 600-mile-an-hour (970-kilometer-an-hour) speed, the team concluded, the Ho 2-29 would have allowed British antiaircraft...
  • "GRAF ZEPPELIN" REDISCOVERED (Hitler's Showpiece Aircraft Carrier Found)

    07/28/2006 5:52:40 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 53 replies · 2,189+ views
    SPIEGEL Online ^ | July 27, 2006 | msm/spiegel/afp/dpa
    "GRAF ZEPPELIN" REDISCOVERED Hitler's Showpiece Aircraft Carrier Found A Polish oil firm working in the Baltic Sea has found the remains of the "Graf Zeppelin," Hitler's first -- and last -- aircraft carrier. The ship sank for good sometime after World War II, but exactly where and why is an enduring mystery of the early Cold War. Divers working for the Polish oil firm Petrobaltic on Monday discovered the rusting hulk of Nazi Germany's only aircraft carrier, the Graf Zeppelin, sunk in mysterious circumstances by the Soviets after World War II. Its exact location had been a riddle for almost...
  • WWII Airman receives belated Purple Heart (Tissue Warning)

    03/27/2006 4:49:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 393+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Mar 24, 2006 | Staff Sgt. Raymond Hoy
    3/24/2006 - TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFPN) -- March 21 was a special day for one Airman. It was the day that he received his Purple Heart Medal. It was a proud day, and a long overdue one at that. Mr. Leo Bach received his medal after suffering injuries to his right leg and back after bailing out of his B-17 Flying Fortress nearly 62 years ago. Mr. Bach, then a 24-year-old first lieutenant bombardier in the U.S. Army Air Corps, was one of nine crewmembers on a bombing run destined for Cottbus, Germany, April 11, 1944. The crew...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers Bari: The 'Second Pearl Harbor' (12/2/1943) - Sep. 8th, 2005

    09/07/2005 9:08:58 PM PDT · by SAMWolf · 48 replies · 4,047+ views
    World War II Magazine | Eric Niderost
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. .................................................................. .................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should...
  • City Man arrested outside Fla. hospice (College Prof Tasered after trying to bring Terri water)

    03/30/2005 6:01:21 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 164 replies · 3,868+ views
    Scranton Times-Tribune ^ | 3/30/2005 | Josh Brodesky
    Dr. Dow Pursley, Ed.D, returned home from teaching an ethics class Monday night at Baptist Bible College and Seminary and told his wife Joanne he was flying to Florida to protest against Terri Schiavo's impending death. The family counseling professor booked the first flight out of town -- a 4 a.m. red-eye Tuesday -- and the couple of 37 years then spent the balance of the night praying. Advertisement Click Here! Later Tuesday morning Dr. Pursley, 56, was shocked with a Taser stun gun and arrested by Pinellas Park (Fla.) police on charges of attempted burglary and resisting arrest without...
  • 'Luftwaffe' legend to be erased from Schroeder's plane -

    07/05/2003 9:27:31 PM PDT · by UnklGene · 22 replies · 324+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph - UK ^ | July 6, 2003 | Michael Leidig in Munich
    Luftwaffe legend to be erased from Schröder's plane By Michael Leidig in Munich (Filed: 06/07/2003) The word "Luftwaffe" is to be removed from aircraft used by the German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and other top government officials in a belated attempt to exorcise the wartime ghosts of the Nazi past. Nearly 60 years after the Second World War ended, the move to stop identifying politicians' aircraft with a name redolent of wartime bombardment was initiated by Johannes Rau, Germany's president. The plan was unveiled in the same week that Germany held a brainstorming session in London to develop a new "brand"...
  • Germany to take `Luftwaffe` off gov`t planes

    07/01/2003 11:54:51 AM PDT · by yonif · 49 replies · 637+ views
    20:49 Germany to take `Luftwaffe` off gov`t planes out of sensitivity to `countries where there are certain historic resentments`
  • German president wants 'Luftwaffe' off official aircraft (WHITEWASH ALERT)

    12/23/2002 8:59:42 AM PST · by MadIvan · 28 replies · 278+ views
    Ananova | December 23, 2002 | Ananova
    Germany's president wants the word Luftwaffe removed from official aircraft used on government business. Johannes Rau believes the word was once a symbol of the country's proud military past and is tarnished by its Second World War associations. Instead he wants Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany) written on the fuselage of official Airbus planes. Mr Rau's inspiration is the US president's plane, Air Force One, which is emblazoned with the words United States of America rather than US Air Force. German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has also reportedly expressed a wish to depose the tradition of identifying VIP aircraft with...
  • Get you very own ME262

    04/13/2002 10:08:09 PM PDT · by Vigilant1 · 6 replies · 361+ views
    You've heard the rumors, perhaps even seen a magazine article or two -- several Me 262 jets are now under construction in the United States!! This incredible project is the result of a eight-year production and engineering effort, now entering its final stages.  Formerly subcontracted to the Texas Airplane Factory and administered by Classic Fighter Industries, Inc. the WTMF owner's group has now  assumed watch over the final, and most critical, phase of the project.  Our Seattle-based team of expert designers, engineers and technicians expects to reach the flight test stage in the next three months. SPECIAL UPDATE for...