Albatros D.III: Try the next war.

November 11, a hundred years ago. No more young Irish sportsmen needed. Thanks.

Interesting their choice of a captured D.III as a lure. It looks like the Albatros (D.2015/16) Lt.Georg Simon was flying when he was shot down on June 1917.


Rohrbach Ro VIII Roland: It’s raining Swastikas….

The nowadays almost forgotten Rohrbach company was, with Junkers, one of the two pioneers of aircraft metal-construction. Their angular and inelegant Roland was designed by Alfred Rohrbach taken as a basis his revolutionary and cursed Zeppelin-Staaken E-4/20. It proved to be a modest success. The less than about twenty were produced during the mid/late-1920s saw service mainly with the Deutsche Luft Hansa (DLH). Second-hand examples also served with its associated Duruluft airline and with the Spanish Iberia company.
On a darker note, during German 1932 elections Adolf Hitler hired a DLH Roland (Immelmann I) for his two first series of campaign flights (March and July). Later, on November, Hitler switched to the more modern Ju 52.

The superbly disturbing cover of the commemorative book of Hitler’s airborne campaign by Heinrich Hoffmann and Josef Bertchold. Evil manna from heaven.

Heinkel He 112B-2/U2: Fighters from the cradle.

The utterly impressive line-out of the second batch of the thirty He 112 acquired by Romania at Rostock, Sept. 1939. Already at war, some of these He 112s found themselves employed by the “Factory Protection Flight” before their delivery.

The B-2s were characterised by their more powerful (700hp) fuel-injected Jumo 210Ga; not world-beaters in horse power but sure purposeful-looking.

Junkers Ju 87D “Stuka”: All Too Teutonic.

There were more Stuka aces than just Hans-Ulrich Rudel. Rudel’s well-deserved and  warrior qualities somehow eclipsed the limelight from others, among them was Dr. Ernst Kupfer. Furthermore, in Kupfer we found both an outstanding warrior (636 combat missions!) and a pretty fine officer. Sadly, he didn’t live to see the end of the war; he die in a routine plane crash in late 1943.

The gaunt looking Kupfer gazes defiantly at the camera wearing his Knight Cross, neat LKp W 101 flight helmet and sporty Nitsche und Günther Splitterschutzbrille googles. This portrait looks like one of the many produced by Wolfgang Willrich. That face…..

I.Ae. 34M Clen Antú: There’s no love like the first.

Continuing with Reimar Horten’s Argentine adventures, the I.Ae. Clen Antú (“Sun Ray” in an indigenous language) supposed a return to his origins: high-performance gliders. Not as pure as his late-war high aspect ratio Nurflügel aircraft though, the first Clen Antú made its maiden flight in 1949. The cleanliness of the design was “marred” by a cockpit nacelle for its two pilots’ conventional seats. Six of them were produced, two of which, like this one, were built as single-seat I.Ae. 34Ms. Those two took part unsuccessfully in the 2nd International Glider Competition (Madrid, 1952) being obviously obsolete by the standards of the day.

Gorgeously restored and wearing proudly the Argentine colors, this single-seater rests at the Museo de la Industria de Córdoba. This particular example is notorious for its crossing flight of the Andes. It deserves a neater sun protection than those tarps….