Luftwaffe Jäger (Fighters)
Luftwaffe Jägerflugzeug ("Air force fighters planes") contracted into "Jäger" (fighters/hunters) were developed under cover as record/aerobatics and postal planes from 1933 under the will of Hitler, who wanted to break from the limitations of the Versailles treaty. Early tanks which were built in the Kuban, Soviet Russia, far from western observers, submarines in La Hague (Haegen) in the Netherlands, or in local yards, and planes in Sweden, Switzerland and Spain. A bomber can be camouflaged for some time as a passenger/postal plane and converted later, but fighters were more difficult to hide by their very agressive and high performances nature. Nevertheless, the early types were deloped as biplanes, such as the trio in place from 1934, before monoplanes were introduced. These were the Heinkel 51, Arado 68 and Henschel 123. All three tipped their wings in blood durng the Spanish civil war with the Legion Condor, bringing and amazing amount of experience and skills to German pilots. This aso allowed to test new concepts, and the Me 109 arrived just at the end of the war in 1938, ruling the skies wherever it was seen in action, which confirmed the path chosen by the RLM, despite some opposition to Willy Messerschmitt bird. In its place, the authorities would have preferred the Heinkel 112, which flew not long after the Me 109, in September 1935. After comparative tests the 109 was chosen, to the dismay of Gunther's team (Heinnkel). The failure of its successor, the He 112, at least found itself used in a nice propaganda coup which make believed the allies this was the main Luftwaffe bird.
The Me 109 was far from perfect, it was ungainly, less agile than others, its landing gear atrocious, but it was fast, easy to master, and cheap to produce. It seemed nothing could reach its level and soon Arado, Heinkel and Henschel were eclipsed as fighter makers, but a newcomer came into the fray, which prototype was chosen by the RLM as a complementary fighter-bomber to the 109. This was the amazing Focke-Wulf Fw.190, which first flew in 1939. It was supremely agile and had a radial engine, whereas all other German fighters used liquid-cooled inline engines, which made it more compact and simpler, but no less deadly and fast. Although its production never matched the Me 109, it evolved into a quasi-invincible fighter as the Ta 152. The 109 nevertheless was incrementally improved until the Type K, and non of its alternative replacements were accepted (Me 209, 309...) before the match between early jets, at first contested by Heinkel and its model 280, won by the amazing Me 262, while Arado came back with a vengeance.
There is another aspect of fighter development which was mirrored in other countries in the late 1930s, before the war. It was generally assumed that fast bombers were relativeky immune, but by safety it was decided to develop a fighter capable of escorting the bombesr to their destination and back. The only way to achieve this was by using a twin-engine plane. The Jagdzestörer, or "fighter destroyer" was such a concept. In the end, the RLM competition was won, again, by Messerschmitt and its Me 110. Great hopes were placed upon it until the campaign of France, which showed it was neither fast or agile enough for the task. Afterwards, it was quickly rebranded as a fighter bomber. So too was its successor, the failed 210 and the 410. The Junkers 88, developed as a dive bomber at first, was converted soon as a heavy fighter, and so were some sub-variants of the Dornier 17 and 217, for night fighting alongside other models like the late He 218 "Uhu" and the Dornier 335 Pfeil. The latter was the fastest piston engine fighter of the war, using a push-pull engine configuration and delta-shaped wings and cruciform tail. It was a rocket with propellers and showed an alternative path to jets, which was not taken. As Germany crumbled under the weight of the bombs dropped by thousands of allied planes in 1944-45, a new generation of "miracle weapons", a bit extreme, were developed. Such was the rocket plane Me 163, or the reusable/disposable Bachem Ba-349 Natter, or the easy to produce He 162 Salamander, or "Volksjäger", supposed to be piloted by the brainwashed Hitlerjugend. One of the most amazing was the Horten Ho 229 (see later). This brief overview don't dispense to see the many interesting prototypes that never made it to the production line over the war years. Some announced the 1950s jets.
-Arado 68 (1933) - biplane fighter
-Ba-349 Natter, a partly reusable rocket-powered fighter (1945), small pre-production
Blohm & Voss
This shipyard produce a variety of planes for the Luftwaffe, including its heaviest and largest Seaplanes.
-BV 40 (1944): Glider fighter prototypes
-BV 155: High altitude fighter prototypes
-Do 335 Pfeil interceptor, 90 prod. 1944-45
-Fw 187 Falke: prototype heavy fighter (1937)
-Fw 190: The "Butcher bird", famous fighter-bomber, 20118 built until 1945
-Ta 152: By Kurt tank, inline engine derivative, a few built 1945.
-Ta 154: By the same, wooden-built heavy fighter (1943) small production.
-He 51: Main biplane fighter 1932-34.
-He 100: Monoplane fighter, small production 1938-39
-He 112: Monoplane fighter, small production (54) 1935-38
-He 162 Salamander: jet fighter (1945), around 300 in construction
-He 219 Uhu: Heavy fighter (1942-44, 270 built)
-He 280: Jet fighter, 8 prototypes (1941), after the He 178 proto (1940)
-Ju 388 heavy fighter (1944-45, circa 100)
-Me 109: See the main article. 1935-45, +35,000 built
-Me 209, 309, 163, 262, prototypes & projects
Luftwaffe Jägdbombers (Fighter Bombers)
-Arado Ar 240 twin engine heavy fighter (1940-42), a few prototypes
Me 110 (1936)
Me 210 (1939)
Me 410 Hornisse (1942)
Luftwaffe bombenflugzeug (Bombers)
-Arado Ar 234 "Blitz", jet bomber (1944)
-Ju 188 (1941, 1234 built) twin-engine (dive)bomber
-Ju 288 (1940, 22 pre-prod and prototypes), twin engine bomber
Heinkel 111 (1935), 6,508 built
Founded as Dornier Flugzeugwerke by Claudius Dornier in Friedrichshafen, 1914, the company started as Dornier Metallbau, a sub-contractor, before acquiring the Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen production facilities (Weingarten, Warnemünde, and the former Zeppelin shed at Manzell) in 1923 and starting its own planes. Success was soon met, with the Do-J "Wal", a record-breaking all-metal seaplane. In 1929 he created the Do-X, the world's largest plane. But its main products were Lufthansa's Komet and Merkur. Outside Altenrhein, Switzerland, the company also manufactured its planes in Italy, Spain, Japan and the Netherlands. In the early 1930s he replaced the famous Wal with the Do 18 and Do 24 which were equally successful and soon as courted after 1933 by the RLM headed by Goering and designed for them a bomber in disguise of a postal plane, nicknamed "The Flying Pencil". The Do-17, with the He-111 and Ju-88 became the staple of the German bomber force. The Do-17 was declined into the Do-215, Do-217 and 317 at the end of the war. He also designed at that time the fastest piston-engie fighter of WW2, the Do-335 "Pfeil", and worked on advanced jet aircraft and other projects such as the Dornier P.59, P.85, P.184, P.232, P.247, P.252, P.254, P 256 and P.273. The company resumed its activity postwar, was part of the Daimler Benze group in 1986 and became Fairchild Dornier in 1996. Now it is part of EADS and had diversified widely.
Dornier 17 (1934), 2,139 built
Dornier 17Z-7 Kauz 1
Dornier 17Z-10 Kauz 2
Dornier 215 (1938), 105 built
Do-215B5 Kauz III
Do-215B5 Kauz III
Dornier 217 (1938), 1,925 built
Dornier 317 (1976), 6 prototypes
Luftwaffe Kampfflugzeug (attack planes)
-Hs 123: Biplane dive bomber (1935-38, 250 built)
-Hs 129: Heavy attack plane (twin engine, 841 built 1939-42)
-Hs 132: 6 prototypes of jet-powered dive bomber
Junkers Ju-87 "Stuka" (1935-44, 5710 built)
-Junkers Ju-88 (1936-1943, 15,000 built)
Miscellaneous planes (recce, transport, training)
-Fw 189 uhu (1938) 846 built, twin engine boom recce.