The Messerschmit BF-109E-4 “Emil” was the workhorse of the Luftwaffe in 1940, a solid fighter plane that at the time dominated Europe’s skies. The BF-109E was introduced in 1938 to address some issues with the previous BF-109D model’s performance in the Spanish Civil War, including a new wing design, a new engine, and a new design for the airframe to accommodate a larger cooling area. The E-4, released in 1940 at the start of the Battle of Britain, specifically boasted a refined cockpit canopy with a “squared-off” design, which allowed the pilots a larger field of view.

In addition to naming his plane “Emil”, Hans has also named his car “Volkswagen” because he’s not very original.