Snapshot of History: Germany’s Untrained Pilots

The Red Baron and other German flying aces represented just 10 percent of the otherwise untrained and unqualified (pictured above) German air force. Many of the Germans struggled with the concept of not being able to see the ground at all times; they would often fly upside down for a better view. Because seatbelts would not become common in aircraft until the 1930s, the death rate among German pilots was very high.

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2 Responses to “Snapshot of History: Germany’s Untrained Pilots”


  1. 1 Wally Lamark October 10, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Say, would the British, French, and other Allies fly their planes upside-down as well?

  2. 2 Matt October 11, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    HAHA! I cracked up, literally. “as pictured above” is what got me.


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