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  •  F-104 Starfighter - the song! (4+ / 0-)

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    by TakeSake on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 03:27:48 PM PST

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    •  The song refers to Joachim von Hassel (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, TakeSake

      Very sad story.

      Joachim von Hassel was a German Air Force pilot who would die in the crash of his F-104G on March 11 1970, aged 29.

      At the same time Erich Hartmann was being sidetracked and finally pushed into retirement over his opposition to the F-104, the same battle was raging upstairs.

      Lt Gen Werner Panitzki, the top commander of the German Air Force, was absolutely opposed to the continued operation of the F-104 and was not shy to tell what he thought about the plane, about the lack of progress in improving its safety and, more embarrassing, about how such an immature plane had come to be procured. And he was finally 'resigned' on August 25 1966 for his failure to toe the government line on the F-104.

      The man who fired Panitzki was Kai-Uwe von Hassel, German minister of defense 1963-1966, the father of Joachim von Hassel.

      I deal in facts. My friends are few but fast.

      by Farugia on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 10:37:54 PM PST

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