Luftwaffe

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Why did Germany launch the Blitz?

Think of the Blitz, and the Luftwaffe’s heavy, sustained bombardment of British cities and industrial objectives that began in September 1940 springs to mind first. But that was just part of Germany’s series of bombing offensives against the British Isles, right up to the V1 and V2 campaigns. What were the strategic objectives underpinning them, and how effective did they prove?

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Germany to buy F-35A stealth fighters in astonishing switch

Germany’s astonishing about-face in defence matters has continued, just weeks after pumping €100bn into the country’s defence budget, with the announced intention to acquire the US-manufactured F-35A fifth generation stealth fighter

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Luftwaffe fighter ace Rudolf Müller

Of all the Luftwaffe fighter pilots who fought in the Arctic theatre until the spring of 1943, none achieved as many aerial successes as Rudolf Müller. However, his war came to a premature end

Typhoon capability contract awarded to BAE Systems

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract valued at approximately £135m to drive forward the next phase of capability enhancements for the Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role strike aircraft

Indra awarded deal for Germany’s new Eurofighter radar

Spanish defence and technology company Indra will provide a significant capability boost to Germany’s planned new Eurofighter procurement with the integration of core elements of the Eurofighter Common Radar System MK1 active electronically scanned array radar

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Unseen Luftwaffe reports from 1941

If you’ve ever wondered how aviation-related news was reported during World War Two, here’s the answer: the following article featured in The Aeroplane 80 years ago on May 9, 1941…

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WW2's Shadow factory raids

Birmingham’s aircraft shadow factories may have been in the Luftwaffe’s bombsights, but there was no serious interference to production. Why were its efforts so ineffective?

Germany green lights ‘Quadriga’ Eurofighter purchase

Germany approved the EUR€5.5bn purchase of 38 new-build Tranche 4 Eurofighter EF-2000s on November 5, as the air force aims to replace its older Tranche 1 aircraft under Project Quadriga

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INSIDE STORIES: LUFTWAFFE AIR-SEA RESCUE

By the outbreak of World War Two, the Luftwaffe managed to field an effective air-sea rescue organisation...

Israeli Air Force jets land in Germany

Israeli Air Force (IAF) fighter jets have landed in Germany for the first time, kickstarting two weeks worth of exercises between the two nations.