Few subjects more intrigue and tantalize military historians, then the advanced jet and rocket planes produced by Nazi Germany towards the end of World War II. One of the great “what if's” of the Second World War, these aircraft were part of Adolf Hitler's “Wonder Weapons” program, with which he hoped to reverse the tide of World War II. And while they arrived too late to change the fortunes of Nazi Germany against the Allies, jets like the Me-262 “Swallow” and the rocket-powered Me-163 "Komet" both terrified and amazed aircrews who faced them in the skies over Europe. And following World War II, the surviving German jets and rocket planes became prizes among the various Allied powers, vying to go and develop their own jet/rocket aircraft rule the skies of the postwar world. These led directly to the modern jet combat aircraft of the present day, and will continue to do so into the future.
To learn more about Hitler's jet and rocket aircraft, along with the Allied effort to combat these “wonder weapons,” join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for Military Monday on December 23rd at 1 p.m. Eastern. John's guest will be well-known aviation historian and journalist Robert F. “Bob” Dorr, the author of the new book Fighting Hitler's Jets. Together they will discuss the short and violent history of some of the most fascinating combat aircraft to ever fly in wartime. Listeners are encouraged to call in and offer their questions and opinions to both gentlemen, as they explain the significance of these fascinating aircraft.
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