|Yep, that is indeed one heck of an airplane. They're so unique in every way, and just looking at one almost gives the impression it couldn't even fly, let alone be such an effective weapons platform. |
Whichever branch has them, I'm just glad they're ours!
The reserves fly them around the lake here from time to time. I'm told they have 'targets' set up over in the national forest, and are practicing their gun runs .. Those things are just awesome to watch, and I could watch them for hours. Their distinctive sound would be terrifying in itself, once one learned what makes it.
Guess it just didn't pay to be a Stuka pilot in the German Air Force/Luftwaffe ..... I'd never heard that, but it makes sense, I guess. That way they could ensure the pilot could not get back and get another aircraft ... and come calling another day.