Unlike the RAF and USAF the Luftwaffe did not rotate their aircrew and in the later stages of WW2 the Luftwaffe achieved a grossly imbalanced mix of very combat ‘savvy’ crews and ’newbies’. The image depicts a Luftwaffe pair of FW 190s bounced by prowling P51s, the battle hardened ‘experten’ immediately pulling into a hard break while the inexperienced pilot falls easy prey. The survivability of these superlative pilots is seen in the make-up of the post war Luftwaffe when Johannes Steinhoff, with 176 air combat victories, was appointed the first CinC of the post-war Luftwaffe, he was succeeded by Gunther Rall (275) and the all-time high scorer Erich Hartmann (352) retired as a Colonel in 1970. An essay in Darwinian theory!
Composite of aircraft images from various recent airshows and skyscape from my archives. The FW 190 is the A8/N variant - the N = nachbau - a ‘new’ build from a German company - perhaps not a restoration but still a piece of nostalgic magic in the skies. A companion image to ‘Butcher Bird’ posted a couple of weeks ago by my son - v8dunc.