N023084 GLIDER STABILIZING TAIL FIN PANEL SWASTIKA. (Steuerflügel)
BACKGROUND: Even though the German aircraft manufacturers were allotted seventy-four percent of the available aluminum stocks annually, by the autumn of 1941 they were already experiencing aluminum shortages. In his capacity as Luftzeugmeister, (Air Inspector General), Generalfeldmarschall Erhard Milch was able to maintain and even increase aircraft production by enacting a strict aluminum waste recycling program and introducing substitute materials such as assorted metal alloys and wood in the manufacturing process. As a result of Milch’s efforts in 1942 the German aircraft industry was able to produce almost four thousand more aircraft then they did in 1941 with fifty-seven thousand less tons of allocated aluminum. All military aircraft utilized during the Third Reich featured the swastika as their national emblem on the vertical stabilizing tail fins.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly 56cm x 50cm, canvas construction panel cut from the vertical stabilizing tail fin of glider. The panel features a black painted swastika with a narrow white outer border trim. The paints are all retained about 98%. Comes folded which is how it has been since it was cut off the glider.
GRADE **** PRICE $895.00
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