DFS 230: “The Eagle has landed”.

The DFS 230 was the main transport glider operated by the Luftwaffe in WW2. The Germans were the pioneers in the employ of these assets. The ten seats (pilot + 9 Fallschirmjäger) DFS 230 entered service in 1938 and was built in huge numbers -more than 1600. Handy and with an excellent glide ratio, these gliders took part in some legendary missions: the incredible Fort Eben-Emael capture, the fateful Battle of Crete, and in the daring rescue of Benito Mussolini, among others.

Wonderfully staged landing; it wasn’t always so easy.

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