Interviews with German Contributors to Aviation History

Interviews with German Contributors to Aviation History

Interviews with German Contributors to Aviation History

Interviews with German Contributors to Aviation History

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The following interviews were made with people who had played main or supporting roles in advancing aviation towards the limits of sonic speed and beyond during World War II. This took place mainly outside of the military- industrial complex in Germany.

The turbo-jet and rocket planes which appeared in German skies during 1944 and 1945 were feared by Allied pilots and air commanders since they had speed advantages over the fastest Allied planes reaching 50 to 100 miles per hour.

But these speedier German planes were too late with too little. Had they been pursued with the vigor that invests high hopes, the course of the War might well have been altered -- not with respect to its ending, but with respect to the terms of the ending. Had these planes appeared in the skies by 1942 or 1943, it is possible that such intolerable losses might have been inflicted on the Allied bombing fleets that a negotiated peace with Germany rather than its unconditional surrender might have been considered by the Allies.

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