One family’s history charts a remarkable story of the Luftwaffe, from the F-104G Starfighter to the F-4F and the Eurofighter Typhoon.

In 1986, Helmut Schelchshorn underwent transition training from the F-104G to the F-4F, a type his son was to fly as one of the last ever Luftwaffe pilots to train on the Phantom II.

THE LUFTWAFFE OF Federal Germany has existed for more than 60 years, and in some cases the grandsons of its initial pilots now occupy the front-line cockpits of today.

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