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Lost Nazi Plane Facts

As they mark each find, they slowly began to determine the trail of debris, leading them to a much more substantial find -- a mounted machine gun.

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  • Many famous pilots trained at Freeman Army Air Field, including the Tuskegee Airmen and Apollo astronaut Gus Grissom.

  • Enemy planes were repainted after their capture to avoid being seen as hostile.

  • The Focke-Wulf 190 was one of the main fighters of the Jagdwaffe, the legendary German fighter force.

  • It was the Focke-Wulf 190 that penetrated allied defenses to attack allied forces during D-Day.

  • The first successful all-metal plane was invented in Germany in 1915.

  • The early Focke-Wulf fighter was the only WWII German fighter with a radial-style engine.

  • Some Focke-Wulf 190s were equipped with early IFF transponders which could distinguish friend from foe.