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The Luftwaffe was the air force of Germany. Under the Nazi regime, the Luftwaffe had control over anything related to Germany's air warfare. During World War II, the Luftwaffe was one of the most modern, powerful and experiences air forces in the world.

Adventures with the Luftwaffe[]

Indy Messerschmitt

Messerschmiits flying over Peng Lai Island

In 1935, Indiana Jones encountered many Messerschmitts, belonging to the Luftwaffe, while traveling up Peng Lai Island to reach Black Dragon Fortress using the extensive gondola system on the island. Squadrons of Messerschmitts attacked Indy and he used a mounted machine gun to fend them off. Indy would later use more guns to take out Messershmitts as they took off from the airstrip on the island and again when he used the gondola the reach the Fortress.[1]

In 1936, a German-built Flying Wing aircraft was going to be used to take the Ark of the Covenant back to Germany. However, Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood inadvertently destroyed the plane in an attempt to commandeer it, killing a mechanic and the aircraft's pilot. With the plane destroyed and Jones on the loose, Dietrich and Belloq decided to move the Ark by truck from the camp instead.[2]

In 1938, two Nazi Pilatus P-2 fighters were dispatched to investigate a commercial zeppelin, the D-138 which was not responding to radio calls, and may have had two fugitives aboard. As the fighters approached, they found the escapees, Indiana Jones and his father fleeing the zeppelin in a German biplane. The two fighters gave chase, forcing the plane down, and attacked the Joneses as they fled in a stolen car. In the end, the Joneses escaped as the Luftwaffe pilots both crashed.[3]

In 1939, Indiana Jones encountered more Messerschmitts belonging to the Luftwaffe during his search for the Staff of Kings. While in Sudan, Indy flew in a World War I-era German biplane to escape from the German Desert Commandos. The Germans flew into a canyon and tried to shoot Indy down however they either were shot down by him or crashed into the canyon. Indy found more Messershmitts and biplanes[4] while on board the Odin. He had a fire fight with some German Marines in the hanger bay of the Odin. Indy nearly fell off the Odin at one point but held onto a Messershmitt and shot the marines shooting at him before pulling himself back onto the airship. Some Messershmitts fell of the Odin and crashed into the Bay of Bengal when Magnus Völler activated the Staff of Kings. Indy encountered two types of Messerschmitts during his quest for the Staff. A single seat one and a two-seater version that allowed the plane to engage enemy planes behind it.[5]

Indy German Fighter Plane

Indy climbs over a Messerschmitt

Around that same year, Indy and his father chased a pair of stolen artifacts through the jungles of South America while battling German soldiers. In the middle of their journey, they chased a Sd. Kfz. 222 in the jungle using a Neubaufahrzeug. The armoured car drove into a Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant and Indy and Henry continued the chase, avoiding bombs being dropped by the plane. They shot the plane down but the car survived. The final part of their adventure saw them stealing a German biplane from a Nazi airbase and they took it through some narrow valleys to catch up to the pieces with which the Germans sought to finance the Nazi war effort. They battled with Messershmitts as they flew through the valleys, shooting down a small zeppelin in the process. The Joneses encountered the D-LZ 127 zeppelin lifting a giant golden idol from its temple. Indy and his father were able to destroy the zeppelin with their vehicle while evading Messershmitts and fly to safety. Indy only encountered the two-seater version while in South America.[6]

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