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According to Goering and the Luftwaffe High Command, they were supposed to be the fighter elite.
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And most of these pilots were lost during the first five flights.
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Fuel in short supply during WWII in very rare cases only. In Africa, in Sicily, sometimes in Russia. But only for a short time.
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I could not claim them because I was not supposed to be flying in combat.
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I didn't have very many missions because I had been grounded already in late '41.
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I flew missions anyway. Absolutely against orders. But I knew that my friends in the same position had done it also.
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I flew the 109 for the first time in Spain. But my squadron didn't fully convert to 109s until after I left Spain and my squadron was taken over by Werner M//lders.
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I had to inspect all fighter units in Russia, Africa, Sicily, France, and Norway. I had to be everywhere.
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I made a written report which is still today in existence. I have a photocopy of it, and I am saying that in production this aircraft could perhaps substitute for three propeller- driven aircraft of the best existing type. This was my impression.
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I personally was convinced that if this aircraft is a little bit further developed, the engines are more reliable, and the aircraft fuselage has been redesigned to nose-wheel, then it would be a perfect fighter.
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I think the Lightning was an equal mistake.
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I would like to mention that I have flown the 262 first in May '43. At this time, the aircraft was completely secret. I first knew of the existence of this aircraft only early in '42 - even in my position. This aircraft didn't have any priority in design or production.
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If we would have had the 262 at our disposal - even with all the delays - if we could have had in '44, ah, let's say three hundred operational, that day we could have stopped the American daytime bombing offensive, that's for sure.
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In the last months we got pilots who had fifty hours total flying time, including five hours of the operational aircraft. It's not very much.
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It was amazing the procedure to start this prototype which was still sitting on a tail wheel; a lot of them were not able to bring the tail up, so they had painted a white stripe across the runway, and after passing this white stripe you had to use the brakes, shortly in order to get the tail off.
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It's unbelievable what one squadron of twelve aircraft did to tip the balance.
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Many pilots of the time were the opinion that a fighter pilot in a closed cockpit was an impossible thing, because you should smell the enemy. You could smell them because of the oil they were burning.
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Nine g's is good, if the pilot can stand it. We couldn't stand it. Not in the airplanes of World War II.
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Of course, the outcome of the war would not have been changed. The war was lost perhaps, when it was started. At least it was lost in the winter of '42, in Russia.
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On this point you had to rotate, or you were lost. At this time, the engines were very, very sensitive to handle.
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Sometimes numbers are the telling factor.
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The best thing was to go to a certain point and leave it, and then fly, and throttle back only when you are going to land.
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The German Luftwaffe always fought without any reserves. This is also the reason why we have pilots with extremely high numbers of victories.
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The Luftwaffe had preference and they got fuel as they needed it. Not so for our training. We had to shorten the training time of our pilots drastically.
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The Messerschmitt 262 is a good example that you can be successful with superior performance. But I think this was a unique situation.
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The throttles could only move very, very slowly, always watching the temperature, always watching. And even in throttling back, you could bust it, even being very careful.
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The whole concept was bad. But in this desperate situation, when somebody had a revolutionary idea, then he could really send it through.
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This technology was just beginning. And, in addition, Germany was very poor on war materials, especially on chrome-nickel and other steel, which were needed for the blades.
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This would only come if you have a revolutionary change in technology like the jet brought about.
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We had at our disposal the first operational jet, which superseded by at least 150 knots the fastest American and English fighters. This was a unique situation.
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We have built a total of about 1250 of this aircraft, but only fifty were allowed to be used as fighters - as interceptors. And out of this fifty, there were never more than 25 operational. So we had only a very, very few.
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We have many, many pilots which have been wounded twelve or fifteen times during the war, but we had to use them. They were constantly in combat.
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We were trying to defend ourselves because our mission did not consist in fighting in the air. We were fighting against the ground only.
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When I was fired from my post as General of the Fighter Arm, I was to give proof that this jet was a superior fighter. And that's when we did it. I think we did it.
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