This pictorial article was originally published in the April, 1943, issue of Air News magazine, vol 4, no 4, p 58.
Photos credited to Pictorial Publishing Company.
- Curious Nazi engineers examine and test Spitfire landing gear assembly on a "torture rack" that imposes greater stresses than the roughest landing. They found the Spitfire gear very compact, sturdy.
- Wellington turrets also held interest for them. Wellington was most-used bomber over Germany before advent of heavies like the Lanc and Stirling. Guns are .303 Brownings.
- Splendid Allied plane performance has Nazi populace asking questions. Air chiefs tell them of secret weapons, but claim these are novelties. But "novel" propellers, turrets killed many a Nazi.
- That America's Wright Field is doing real job for Allies is evident in fact that Germany has seven research centers serving only the Luftwaffe while our single base serves all United Nations.
- Careful testing of materials, design incorporated into enemy planes frequently dictates combat tactics. Such laboratory research first revealed vulnerability of Stuka's dive brakes, Zeros lack of armor.
- Germans have world's best specialized labs but none more complete than Wright Field. Nazi prewar research led to use of Handley-Page slots, American carburetors on several German heavy bombers.