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Egon Mayer (19 August 1917 – 2 March 1944) was a German fighter pilot during World War II. He was credited with 102 enemy aircraft shot down in over 353 combat missions. His victories were all claimed over the Western Front. Mayer was the first fighter pilot to score 100 victories entirely on the Western Front. Born in Konstanz, Mayer, volunteered for military service in the Luftwaffe (air force) of Nazi Germany in 1937. He was posted to Jagdgeschwader 2 (fighter wing, JG 2) in 1939. He…

Egon Mayer (19 August 1917 – 2 March 1944) was a German fighter pilot during World War II. He was credited with 102 enemy aircraft shot down in over 353 combat missions. His victories were all claimed over the Western Front. Mayer was the first fighter pilot to score 100 victories entirely on the Western Front. Born in Konstanz, Mayer, volunteered for military service in the Luftwaffe (air force) of Nazi Germany in 1937. He was posted to Jagdgeschwader 2 (fighter wing, JG 2) in 1939. He…

Wings of the Luftwaffe Special

Wings of the Luftwaffe Special

The Horten Ho-229 flying wing fighter, first flown in 1944 by the Luftwaffe, rebuilt to exact specs by the model testing team at Northrop Grumman. The German prototype fighter/bomber designed by Reimar and Walter Horten and built by Gothaer Waggonfabrik late in World War II. It was the first pure flying wing powered by jet engines. Since the appearance of the B-2 Spirit flying wing stealth bomber in the 1990s, some describe the Ho 229 as "the first stealth bomber".

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The Horten Ho-229 flying wing fighter, first flown in 1944 by the Luftwaffe, rebuilt to exact specs by the model testing team at Northrop Grumman. The German prototype fighter/bomber designed by Reimar and Walter Horten and built by Gothaer Waggonfabrik late in World War II. It was the first pure flying wing powered by jet engines. Since the appearance of the B-2 Spirit flying wing stealth bomber in the 1990s, some describe the Ho 229 as "the first stealth bomber".

The Corgi 1/72 Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 N2359/YB-J, ‘Winged Popeye’, P.O Leonard Walter Stevens, RAF No.17 Squadron, Debden 1940 is a diecast model plane in the Corgi Aviation Archive range.  Responsible for destroying more enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain than the combined total of the rest of Britain’s defences, the Hawker Hurricane was the workhorse aircraft of Fighter Command’s defiant resistance against the Luftwaffe.

The Corgi 1/72 Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 N2359/YB-J, ‘Winged Popeye’, P.O Leonard Walter Stevens, RAF No.17 Squadron, Debden 1940 is a diecast model plane in the Corgi Aviation Archive range. Responsible for destroying more enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain than the combined total of the rest of Britain’s defences, the Hawker Hurricane was the workhorse aircraft of Fighter Command’s defiant resistance against the Luftwaffe.

Oberleutnant Rudi Wolfmüller of the Afrika Korps Luftwaffe contingent, in full dress uniform (ca. 1943, colorized). There is a recurring controversy over whether he was legitimately awarded the Knight's Cross.

Oberleutnant Rudi Wolfmüller of the Afrika Korps Luftwaffe contingent, in full dress uniform (ca. 1943, colorized). There is a recurring controversy over whether he was legitimately awarded the Knight's Cross.

Focke Wulf FW190...Another great WWII fighter

Focke Wulf FW190...Another great WWII fighter

Prototype Do-335 Pfeil, followed by it's full production variants, then a series of improved prototypes based on existing aircraft for ease of production and inter-changeability of parts. To replace the very out-dated and aging Stuka Dive-bomber, the Luftwaffe adopts the Ju-287 Staghund. Based around a similar wing design and purpose but with a much more powerful engine and secondary water-injection booster, the Ju-287 marks a new stage in the airwar over Britain.

Prototype Do-335 Pfeil, followed by it's full production variants, then a series of improved prototypes based on existing aircraft for ease of production and inter-changeability of parts. To replace the very out-dated and aging Stuka Dive-bomber, the Luftwaffe adopts the Ju-287 Staghund. Based around a similar wing design and purpose but with a much more powerful engine and secondary water-injection booster, the Ju-287 marks a new stage in the airwar over Britain.

Heinkel He-177 Greif four-engined bomber. One of the largest bombers designed for the luftwaffe. Its was designed to dive bomb and skit. The two engines on either wing were siamesed together and this caused extreme overheating problems which were never resolved and therefore was never put in active duty

Heinkel He-177 Greif four-engined bomber. One of the largest bombers designed for the luftwaffe. Its was designed to dive bomb and skit. The two engines on either wing were siamesed together and this caused extreme overheating problems which were never resolved and therefore was never put in active duty

Oberingenieur Rudolf Blaser on the wing of a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-2 bearing the tactical marking < + I. This aircraft, Wernummer 20206, was flown by Oberfeldwebel Walter Grünlinger, wingman of the Gruppenkommandeur Hauptmann Josef Priller. Grünlinger had apparently just returned from a combat mission when this photograph was taken, and Blaser is seen explaining some technical aspects of the aircraft. Luftwaffe Day Aces, Luftwaffe Oberfeldwebel, NS Scientists

Oberingenieur Rudolf Blaser on the wing of a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-2 bearing the tactical marking < + I. This aircraft, Wernummer 20206, was flown by Oberfeldwebel Walter Grünlinger, wingman of the Gruppenkommandeur Hauptmann Josef Priller. Grünlinger had apparently just returned from a combat mission when this photograph was taken, and Blaser is seen explaining some technical aspects of the aircraft. Luftwaffe Day Aces, Luftwaffe Oberfeldwebel, NS Scientists

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