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Buckeye30 17th September 2021 16:48

Training new Luftwaffe
 
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Interesting shot of 3 of the first ex-WW2 fighter pilots at Feltwell, Norfolk for jet training in 1956; Gerhard Barkhorn, Herbert Wehnelt and Walter Krupinski.
All high-ranking later.

I think the plane is a Provost T.1.


Nick
(photo from "Flying Review" magazine June 1956).

Stig Jarlevik 17th September 2021 18:49

Re: Training new Luftwaffe
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Buckeye30 (Post 310576)
I think the plane is a Provost T.1.
Nick
(photo from "Flying Review" magazine June 1956).

Indeed it is, from the batch XF540 - XF599

Since most of the advanced "refresher" training was held in USA (England is just mentioned in passing), what kind of jet training took place in UK?

Except the Sea Hawk (for the Navy) I don't believe the new Luftwaffe considered any British type, did they?

Cheers
Stig

Buckeye30 17th September 2021 23:50

Re: Training new Luftwaffe
 
Hi Stig.
Their training was in the USA on F-84s, a few in the UK on Hunters beginning July 1955; they returned to Germany in March 1956 as unit C/Os or Staff Officers ( some as instructors).
Not many British aircraft were chosen ( mostly American) but they adopted a few transport/ rescue types, Pembrokes, Herons and Sycamores.
Nick

Stig Jarlevik 18th September 2021 00:21

Re: Training new Luftwaffe
 
Thanks Nick

So they trained on Hunters for a while. Interesting.
I know which types they selected, no worries. The Americans probably gave better deals....

Cheers
Stig


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