By Robert Forsyth
Through the outbreak of worldwide warfare 2, the Luftwaffe had obtained powerful tactical battlefield event from its involvement within the Spanish Civil battle in 1936-1939, based round the operations performed by means of the Legion Condor, a strength of a few 19,000 'volunteer' German airmen, employees, technicians and groundcrew shaped into fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, Flak, climate and signs parts. during this new booklet, writer Robert Forsyth, popular specialist on international battle 2 German aviation, info the advance of either the applied sciences and the pilots of this German air strength, with full-color illustrations, plates and information of colour schemes used in the Legion Condor. From the He fifty one to the Messerschmitt, from flying in shut wing-to-wing formations to the looser, wider formations universal to the Luftwaffe in the course of international battle 2, this publication is a must have for any German aviation historian or modeler.
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The veteran fighter pilot prepared many reports for his superiors, including detailed recommendations on how best to improve the aircraft’s design so as to make it more suitable for combat operations. Trautloft’s first impressions were that the Jumo 210 engine was difficult to handle, and that the Bf 109 would need a pilot far more qualified than one able to fly the He 51, especially in controlling high-speed turns. The narrow undercarriage was tricky on landing and the aircraft had a dangerous tendency to roll or swing at full power on take-off.
J/88 at the new northeastern airfield at Vitoria. J/88 under Douglas Pitcairn retained the He 51, with a nominal strength of ten aircraft each. They operated from the new and old northwestern airfields, respectively. In the early morning of 25 March, von Richthofen made an inspection of the airfields, and noted; ‘The old airfield is small and very soggy. It is perhaps usable for the He 51s. The newer airfield has a superb concrete runway. J/88 was disbanded at this point. It seems that there were teething problems with the new Bf 109s.
Ing. Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen (in shirt and tie, looking at map). Holding a doctorate in engineering, he had arrived in Spain out of favour with his employers in the Ministry after voicing sceptical opinions about the theories of his superior, Ernst Udet, on divebombing. Von Richthofen believed that artillery fire would eliminate any advantages a Stuka had to offer at low altitude. In June 1936 he had prepared a confidential plan recommending the discontinuation of the Ju 87 dive-bomber, but Udet quickly overruled von Richthofen’s directive and continued with development of the aircraft.
Aces of the Legion Condor by Robert Forsyth