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Bf-109G-2/Trop 'Black 6'
... in happier days, Duxford
'G' or Gustav was a derivative of the Bf-109E and F models. The 'E' or Emil was used
during the Blitzkreig, Battle of Britain, Africa and Russia, though suffered from a lack
of range. The 'F', though lightly armed, was probably the best version. The
heavy Gustav was the most numerically produced variant. Most aces, including
Hartmann and Barkhorn flew the Gustav. The DB 605A engine and narrow undercarriage
can be seen here. Was only genuine airworthy Luftwaffe combat aircraft around, until
an landing accident in 1997.
|The famed Stuka, which spearheaded the Blitzkreig from Poland to
Dunkirk. Was severely mauled during the Battle of Britain, but served with
distinction elsewhere. The Stuka established the close air support concept.
'G' model used as tank-killers.
||Germany's mainstay medium bomber, used successfully in the night
'Blitz' over London. The He-111 was used on all fronts in many roles, including
mine-laying, cable- cutting, torpedo bombing, as a glider tug, and incredibly, to launch
V-1s on England!
|Probably the world's first purpose-built STOL aircraft, the Storch
was capable of taking off and landing within 100 feet. It had an incredible
stalling speed of less than 25 mph! Widely used as a utility aircraft, the Storch's
claim to fame was when it was used to rescue Mussolini by landing and flying off a
mountain strip. Also used to fly in Göring's successor to the Luftwaffe, by landing
on a Berlin street while the city was being shelled.
from the versatile Ju-88 bomber, this type of aircraft became one of the three most
widely used Luftwaffe nightfighters, along with the Bf-110G and
Do-217. The glasshouse nose of the bomber variant has been replaced with
a solid one, housing the antenna and guns. This aircraft wears the
badge of IV/NJG3. Further nightfighter variants include the Ju-88G
contemporary of the Gloster Meteor and Me-262, the He-162 Salamander was a last ditch
Luftwaffe effort to intercept B-17s. First flight in Dec. 1944. Had a jet
mounted on plywood wings! Was designed to be produced quickly and flown by Hitler