When German aircraft came to York in 1937, they did so in friendship — but still made quite an impression

The capital of Old England” was German aviation magazine Flugsport’s quaint, if not entirely accurate, description of York. But so warm was the welcome shown by this great city to a group of touring flyers in June 1937 that one can forgive the historical discordance. International tensions may have been growing as Nazi Germany rearmed, but the sight of tails adorned with the swastika, present in comradely friendship, was still a pleasure rather than a portent.

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