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 Adolf Galland - “When I was fired from my post as General of the Fighter Arm, I was to give proof that this jet was a superior fighter. And that's when we did it. I think we did it.”
 Adolf Galland - “We were trying to defend ourselves because our mission did not consist in fighting in the air. We were fighting against the ground only.”
 Adolf Galland - “We have built a total of about 1250 of this aircraft, but only fifty were allowed to be used as fighters - as interceptors. And out of this fifty, there were never more than 25 operational. So we had only a very, very few.”
 Adolf Galland - “We had at our disposal the first operational jet, which superseded by at least 150 knots the fastest American and English fighters. This was a unique situation.”
 Adolf Galland - “This would only come if you have a revolutionary change in technology like the jet brought about.”
 Adolf Galland - “The whole concept was bad. But in this desperate situation, when somebody had a revolutionary idea, then he could really send it through.”
 Adolf Galland - “The throttles could only move very, very slowly, always watching the temperature, always watching. And even in throttling back, you could bust it, even being very careful.”
 Adolf Galland - “The Messerschmitt 262 is a good example that you can be successful with superior performance. But I think this was a unique situation.”
 Adolf Galland - “The German Luftwaffe always fought without any reserves. This is also the reason why we have pilots with extremely high numbers of victories.”
 Adolf Galland - “If we would have had the 262 at our disposal - even with all the delays - if we could have had in '44, ah, let's say three hundred operational, that day we could have stopped the American daytime bombing offensive, that's for sure.”
 Adolf Galland - “I could not claim them because I was not supposed to be flying in combat.”
 Adolf Galland - “And most of these pilots were lost during the first five flights.”
 Adolf Galland - “In the last months we got pilots who had fifty hours total flying time, including five hours of the operational aircraft. It's not very much.”
 Adolf Galland - “I would like to mention that I have flown the 262 first in May '43. At this time, the aircraft was completely secret. I first knew of the existence of this aircraft only early in '42 - even in my position. This aircraft didn't have any priority in design or production.”
 Adolf Galland - “We have many, many pilots which have been wounded twelve or fifteen times during the war, but we had to use them. They were constantly in combat.”
 Adolf Galland - “I made a written report which is still today in existence. I have a photocopy of it, and I am saying that in production this aircraft could perhaps substitute for three propeller- driven aircraft of the best existing type. This was my impression.”
 Adolf Galland - “Of course, the outcome of the war would not have been changed. The war was lost perhaps, when it was started. At least it was lost in the winter of '42, in Russia.”
 Adolf Galland - “Many pilots of the time were the opinion that a fighter pilot in a closed cockpit was an impossible thing, because you should smell the enemy. You could smell them because of the oil they were burning.”
 Adolf Galland - “According to Goering and the Luftwaffe High Command, they were supposed to be the fighter elite.”
 Adolf Galland - “It's unbelievable what one squadron of twelve aircraft did to tip the balance.”
 Adolf Galland - “Nine g's is good, if the pilot can stand it. We couldn't stand it. Not in the airplanes of World War II.”
 Adolf Galland - “I had to inspect all fighter units in Russia, Africa, Sicily, France, and Norway. I had to be everywhere.”
 China Galland - “Once you live with the issue of women and the landscape for a while, you find that you cannot separate them form the notions of peace, spirituality, and community. As women we must learn to become leaders in society, not just for our own sake, but for the sake of all people. We must support and protect our kinship with the environment for the generations to come.”