The Timeline for the Luftwaffe leading to World War 2  
  June 1924  
  Retired Colonel Hermann von der Lieth-Thomsen of Germany became a permanent representative of the Reichswehr's Truppenamt, the secret General Staff of the German Army, in Moscow. At the same time, seven German instructors were sent to the Red Air Force.  
   
  Wednesday, April 15, 1925  
  Retired Colonel Hermann von der Lieth-Thomsen of Germany signed a contract to establish a German fighter-pilot school at Lipetsk in the Soviet Union.  
   
  June 1925  
  The base for the fighter-pilot school base at Lipetsk was ready for flights to be undertaken. German pilots didn’t begin using the facility until the spring of 1926.  
   
  Thursday, December 1, 1932  
  The first prototype of the Heinkel He 70 Blitz (lightning) flew and proved to have excellent performance. The plane, designed as a fast mailplane for Deutsche Lufthansa, would set eight world records for speed over distance by early 1933. Twenty-eight aircraft were sent with the Legion Condor, where they were used during the Spanish Civil War as fast reconnaissance aircraft. Later it would be relegated to serve as a liaison and courier aircraft as newer aircraft designs were introduced.  
   
  February 1933  
  Reich Commissariat for Aviation was established with Hermann Goering at its head.  
   
  Friday, May 5, 1933  
  The Reich Commissioner of Aviation became the Air Ministry. At this time German Chancellor Adolf Hitler appointed Hermann Goering as head of the new ministry. Goering’s title was Air Traffic Minister to keep up the pretense that Germany was not building an air force. In this early phase the Ministry was little more than Goering's personal staff. One of its first actions was to requisition control of all patents and companies of Hugo Junkers, the German aeronautical engineer. These included all rights to the Junkers Ju 52 aircraft.  
   
  May 1933  
  German Defense Minister General Werner von Blomberg decided that the importance of aviation was such that it should no longer be subordinate to the German Army and transferred the army's Department of Military Aviation to the Ministry of Aviation. This is often considered the birth of the Luftwaffe. The Ministry at this time consisted of two large departments: the military Luftschutzamt (LA) and the civilian Allgemeines Luftamt (LB). Erhard Milch, the former head of Deutsche Luft Hansa, was placed in direct control of the LA, in his function as State Secretary for Aviation.  
   
  Early June 1933  
  Twenty-five members of both houses of the British Parliament went on a flying tour of Germany during the Whitsuntide. Their German hosts showed then glider clubs and empty factories and took great pains to explain that aircraft rearmament was out of the question.  
     
  September 1933  
  A reorganization was undertaken at the Ministry of Aviation to reduce duplication of effort between the military Luftschutzamt (LA) and the civilian Allgemeines Luftamt (LB) departments. The primary changes were to move the staffing and technical development organizations out of the LB, and make them full departments on their own. The result was a collection of six: Luftkommandoamt (LA), Allgemeines Luftamt (LB), Technisches Amt (LC, but more often referred to as the C-amt) in charge of all research and development, Luftwaffenverwaltungsamt (LD) for construction, Luftwaffenpersonalamt (LP) for training and staffing, and the Zentralabteilung (ZA), central command. In 1934, an additional department was added, the Luftzeugmeister (LZM) in charge of logistics.  
   
  Friday, September 15, 1933  
  The Lipetsk fighter-pilot school was closed. The facility was a secret training school for fighter pilots operated by the German Reichswehr beginning in 1926 at Lipetsk, Soviet Union in violation of the Versailles treaty.  
   
  Wednesday, September 27, 1933  
  German flying ace was Ernst Udets tested out the Curtiss Hawk at the factory airfield in Buffalo, New York. Udets was able to purchase two of the planes using $30,000 in funds provided to him by the German government through Hermann Goering. The planes would become Udets’ property after they had been submitted to a thorough examination by the Reichlin test center, a branch of the new Luftwaffe Technical Office.  
   
  December 1933  
  German flying ace was Ernst Udets demonstrated the Curtiss Hawk to a a commission from Berlin at the Reichlin test center, a branch of the new Luftwaffe Technical Office. Udets demonstrated 4 steep dives which sapped his strength to the point that he couldn’t get out of the cockpit unaided. Erhard Milch, the State Secretary of the Reich Aviation Ministry would pronounce the aircraft as unsuitable for the Luftwaffe.  
   
  Wednesday, June 20, 1934  
  German flying ace was Ernst Udets was test flying the Curtiss Hawk at Templehof when the plane crashed. Udets survived as his parachute opened just as he was about to hit the ground.  
   
  Tuesday, February 26, 1935  
  German Chancellor Adolf Hitler ordered Hermann Goering to establish the Luftwaffe. This action broke the Treaty of Versailles's ban on German military aviation. Neither Great Britain, France,  or the League of Nations sanctioned Germany for its violation of the treaty.  
     
   
     
   
 

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