The Survivors: Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger – Germany’s “Peoples Fighter”

The Reichsluftfahrtministerium Volksjäger (“People’s Fighter”) design competition was issued on September 10th, 1944 by the German Ministry of Aviation (Reichsluftfahrtministerium – RLM) to develop an inexpensive, mass produced emergency light jet fighter that was fast but easy to fly, to combat the Allied bomber offensive that was devastating Germany. Designs were to be returned by… Read More The Survivors: Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger – Germany’s “Peoples Fighter”

The Survivors: Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstörer

The Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstörer (“Destroyer”) twin-engine heavy fighter was designed for the Luftwaffe to combat bombers and fighters alike. It seemed to offer it all when it was first flown on May 12th, 1936 and entered Luftwaffe service in 1937. With the introduction of more powerful Daimler-Benz DB 601 engines in 1938, the Bf 110C… Read More The Survivors: Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstörer

Transforming the Imperial War Museum of London

In June 2012 I visited the excellent Imperial War Museum in London. As you enter the main doors you are immediately within the Grand Atrium, the impressive centrepiece of the museum jam-packed with aircraft, tanks, weaponry and people. Recently I was quite surprised to see some photos of an almost empty Grand Atrium! It turns out the museum is about… Read More Transforming the Imperial War Museum of London