Guten Tag. In the 19th Century Otto Lilienthal studied birds, built his own hill to jump off and fathered aerodynamics. Since then Germany has remained a big name in the development of aviation. Not all their aeroplanes have been beautiful- in fact, most have veered wildly between appearing utilitarian, evil or comically cute (with a large handful utterly insane). We managed to find ten pulchritudinous planes for you to enjoy. Tough decisions had to be made, but we’re certain we have a delicious selection.
10. Friedrichshafen FF 33
9. EWR VJ 101
8. Focke-Wulf Fw 187
7. Hamburger Flugzeugbau HFB-320 Hansa Jet
6. Albatross D.V
5. Heinkel He 70
4. Heinkel He 119
3. Horten Ho 229
2. Messerschmitt Me 262 ‘Schwalbe’
1. Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor
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