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Which country continued production of Messerschmitt Bf 109G after the end of World War II?
Czechoslovakia. Avia S-99 and Avia S-199 were constructed with parts and plans left over from Luftwaffe aircraft production that had taken place under the country's German occupation during the war. Avia S-199 was the first fighter plane of Israeli Air Force, used during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War - where it met Spitfires on the Egyptian side.
Which planes were used in the "Top Gun" movie?
F-14 Tomcat. F-14A Tomcat is a two-seat naval fighter, which was replaced in 2006 by F-18 Hornet. The movie tells a story of young naval aviators aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. After the film's release, the US Navy stated that the number of young men who joined wanting to be Naval Aviators went up by 500 percent.
Who was Adolf Hitler's personal pilot between 1934 and 1945?
Hans Baur (1897-1993) was Adolf Hitler's pilot during Hitler's political campaigns of the early 1930s. He later became Hitler's personal pilot and leader of the Reichsregierung squadron. Apprehended by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II in Europe, he was imprisoned in the USSR for ten years before being extradited to France on 10 October 1955, where he was imprisoned until 1957. He died in Herrsching, Bavaria, in 1993.
Why did the Lavochkin La-5 pilots frequently flew with their canopies open?
On account of the exhaust gas. The Lavochkin La-5 was a Soviet fighter aircraft of World War II. It was one of the Soviet Air Force's most capable types of warplane, able to fight German designs on an equal footing. The La-5 had its defects. Perhaps the most serious was the thermal isolation of the engine, lack of ventilation in the cockpit, and a canopy that was impossible to open at speeds over 350 km/h. To make things worse, exhaust gas often entered the cockpit due to poor insulation of the engine compartment. Consequently, pilots ignored orders and frequently flew with their canopies open.