Combat Jets of the East German Air Force: 1988 to 1990 – The Last GDR Eagles

The East German Air Force (Luftstreitkräfte der Nationalen Volksarmee – LSK) operated as a well-trained and well equipped division of the National People’s Army (NPA or Nationalen Volksarmee – NVA) from 1956 through to their final year of operation in 1990. In 1989 the LSK was manned by 35,000 personnel and operated approximately 700 aircraft… Read More Combat Jets of the East German Air Force: 1988 to 1990 – The Last GDR Eagles

Combat Jets of the East German Air Force: 1970 to 1987 – The Modernization

The East German Air Force (Luftstreitkräfte der Nationalen Volksarmee – LSK) operated as a well trained and well equipped division of the National People’s Army (NPA or Nationalen Volksarmee – NVA) from 1956 through to their final year of operation in 1990 when Germany was reunified (October 1990). Given the significance of their front line position within… Read More Combat Jets of the East German Air Force: 1970 to 1987 – The Modernization

Combat Jets of the East German Air Force: 1956 to 1969 – The Early Days

East Germany which existed as a nation from October 1949 to October 1990 (known as the German Democratic Republic – GDR / Deutsche Demokratische Republik – DDR), was at the frontline of the Cold War between NATO and the Warsaw Pact nations controlled by the Soviet Union. As such the East German Air Force (Luftstreitkräfte der Nationalen… Read More Combat Jets of the East German Air Force: 1956 to 1969 – The Early Days