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Adolf Galland, German Soldier ( March 19, 1912 - February 9, 1996 )

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We had at our disposal the first operational jet, which superseded by at least 150 knots the fastest American and English fighters.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.~Adolf Galland

American Unique Situation

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.~Adolf Galland

Best Today I Am

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

Time Impossible Enemy

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.~Adolf Galland

Day American Three

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.~Adolf Galland

Think Fighter Fired

It's unbelievable what one squadron of twelve aircraft did to tip the balance.~Adolf Galland

Balance Unbelievable Did

According to Goering and the Luftwaffe High Command, they were supposed to be the fighter elite.~Adolf Galland

Fighter High Elite

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.~Adolf Galland

Time May Design

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.~Adolf Galland

Never Fifty More

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.~Adolf Galland

War Lost Winter

This would only come if you have a revolutionary change in technology like the jet brought about.~Adolf Galland

Change Technology You

I had to inspect all fighter units in Russia, Africa, Sicily, France, and Norway. I had to be everywhere.~Adolf Galland

Africa Fighter Russia

And most of these pilots were lost during the first five flights.~Adolf Galland

Lost Pilots Most

I could not claim them because I was not supposed to be flying in combat.~Adolf Galland

Flying Because 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.~Adolf Galland

You Move Back

Nine g's is good, if the pilot can stand it. We couldn't stand it. Not in the airplanes of World War II.~Adolf Galland

War Good World