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.

There are father and son pairs who have logged flight time on the same type of jet — sometimes even in the same wing. That goes for Helmut and Philipp Schelchshorn, who both flew the F-4F Phantom II with the ‘Richthofen’ wing at Wittmund. What makes them so special is the fact that Helmut flew the F-104G Starfighter at Memmingen for 10 years before he stepped to the F-4F, and his son Philipp is now a Eurofighter pilot at Laage with 1,100 total flight hours under his belt.

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