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.— Adolf Galland
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Flying is more than a sport and more than a job;
flying is pure passion and desire, which fill a lifetime.
An excellent weapon and luck had been on my side.
To be successful, the best fighter pilot needs both.
The colossus of World War II seemed to be like a pyramid turned upside down, and for the moment the whole burden of the war rested on the few hundred German fighter pilots on the Channel coast.
Only in the spirit of attack, born in a brave heart, will bring success to any fighter aircraft, no matter how highly developed it may be.
It's unbelievable what one squadron of twelve aircraft did to tip the balance.
I had to inspect all fighter units in Russia, Africa, Sicily, France, and Norway. I had to be everywhere.
Never abandon the possibility of attack.
Attack even from a position of inferiority, to disrupt the enemy's plans. This often results in improving one's own position.
For the first time I was flying by jet propulsion.
No engine vibrations. No torque and no lashing sound of the propeller. Accompanied by a whistling sound, my jet shot through the air. Later when asked what it felt like, I said, "It felt as though angels were pushing".
Superior technical achievements - used correctly both strategically and tactically - can beat any quantity numerically many times stronger yet technically inferior.
"He who wants to protect everything, protects nothing," is one of the fundamental rules of defense.
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.
As a fighter pilot I know from my own experiences how decisive surprise and luck can be for success, which in the long run comes only to the one who combines daring with cool thinking.
The first rule of all air combat is to see the opponent first.
Like the hunter who stalks his prey and maneuvers himself unnoticed into the most favourable position for the kill, the fighter in the opening of a dogfight must detect the opponent as early as possible in order to attain a superior position for the attack.
It is true to say that the first kill can influence the whole future career of a fighter pilot. Many to whom the first victory over the opponent has been long denied either by unfortunate circumstances or by bad luck can suffer from frustration or develop complexes they may never rid themselves of again.
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.
Nine g's is good, if the pilot can stand it.
We couldn't stand it. Not in the airplanes of World War II.
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.
To use a fighter as a fighter-bomber when the strength of the fighter arm is inadequate to achieve air superiority is putting the cart before the horse.
During the Battle of Britain the question "fighter or fighter-bomber?" had been decided once and for all: The fighter can only be used as a bomb carrier with lasting effect when sufficient air superiority has been won.
According to Goering and the Luftwaffe High Command, they were supposed to be the fighter elite.
Today it is even more important to dominate the .
. . highly sophisticated weapon systems, perhaps even more important than being a good pilot; to make the best use of this system.
And most of these pilots were lost during the first five flights.
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.
The battle is tough but if you reach where you want to go, then at least in some sense it is worth it.
This would only come if you have a revolutionary change in technology like the jet brought about.
Their element is to attack, to track, to hunt, and to destroy the enemy.
Only in this way can the eager and skillful fighter pilot display his ability. Tie him to a narrow and confined task, rob him of his initiative, and you take away from him the best and most valuable qualities he posses: aggressive spirit, joy of action, and the passion of the hunter.
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.
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.
I could not claim them because I was not supposed to be flying in combat.
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.
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.
The German Luftwaffe always fought without any reserves.
This is also the reason why we have pilots with extremely high numbers of victories.