JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post
What caught my eye in this piece of data visualization were “bomber” types and the date (1937). First of the seven aircraft six are bombers—the German Junkers JU 52 was a transport aircraft. The year here is 1937, which makes it more than two years past Hitler's 26 February 1935 repudiation of the treaty of Versailles, in which it was announced that among other things the Nazis would re-arm and stop paying war debts. Theoretically then the would have been no German air force before 1935, except of course that pilots were being trained sub rosa both in German and the Soviet Union—that means that the Luftwaffe (founded in 1935) would have started from nothing and appeared on the world stage two years later with the 5th largest air force of the global powers (ahead of the U.S. And Japan). This graphic appeared in September 1937, just four months after the Nazi Condor Legion delivered its much-publicized bombing against Guernica in the Spanish Civil War. So why are we being shown a transport aircraft in this analysis? [Several have shared now that the Junkers was also used as a bomber--thanks!]
Source: Popular Mechanics, September 1937.