1962 June 19th. A formation of four F-104 Starfighters of the West German Luftwaffe crashes near Balkhausen, killing all four pilots. The first Starfighters had entered service with the Luftwaffe in July 1960.
The ME262, the first jet fighter. This amazing aircraft was so far ahead of its time. It could almost reach supersonic speed and contained an automatic cannon. Since it was close to the end of the war when it came out and the Germans we so short of materials, it really was a death trap and many pilots died. Much of the interior was made of wood because so many materials could not be found. The fuel was incredibly explosive and yet this plane still lead the way for all modern fighters today.
"The Saro Queen" (slated for the London-Sydney run) was to have five decks, enough to carry a thousand passengers in comfort, plus include bars, dining rooms and elite lounges. The mammoth aircraft was to be powered by twenty-four engines (mounted within wings). "The wings were deep enough for the engineers to be able to carry out maintenance standing up while the aircraft was in flight."