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Now let's start with some alternative history, in a parallel universe, far, far away...

America’s isolationist policies during WW2 resulted in defeat for Britain and the Allied forces. Without the influx of arms Russia was unable to respond to the Nazi invasion, capitulating in the west in late 1943. The Soviet state retracted to the east leaving vast tracts of land to be enveloped by the Reich. Russia remained a thorn in the German side, distracting many of the Reich’s forces and prolonging the war in the west. Britain was too weak to seriously dent the German fortress. Limited aid from Commonwealth and Empire forces had led to German and Italian victory in North Africa in 1945. China sued for peace with Japan in 1946 following Japanese gains in the far-east at the expense of British, French, Dutch and Belgian interests. The Indian, Australian, New Zealand and even Canadian forces were unable to bail out the Empire, resulting in its dissolution in 1953, when Britain finally ceded to the vastly superior German forces. A different establishment of the European Union was brought about with the German Mark becoming the single currency from Ireland and Iceland to Tunisia and Turkey, up through Crimea to Moscow and the Baltic states.

Horten had long been established in innovative design and in 1983 started on a project for an advanced agile combat aircraft using carbon fibre composites and new lightweight metal alloys. This aircraft first flew in 1997 and entered service with the Luftwaffe in 2005. It is technically superior to any aircraft in the Russian and American Air Forces. Ironically both nations had missed out on the development of jet engines and were late converting from propeller driven aircraft. The Japanese had shared to some degree in German technological advancement. The Nakajima Ki-4027 fighter has proved a competent adversary in combat tests, but barely any other aircraft are able to match this aircraft in the combat role.

This one is allocated to I Gruppe JG 54 carrying the arms of the city of Nuremburg commemorating that the unit had been formed as the first Gruppe of JG 70 at Herzogenaurach, which is near Nuremberg, in the summer of 1939.











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