National Socialist Flyers Corps
|Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps - NSFK|
|Formed||15 April 1937|
|Dissolved||8 May 1945|
|Jurisdiction|| Nazi Germany|
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The National Socialist Flyers Corps (German: Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps; NSFK) was a paramilitary organization of the Nazi Party that was founded 15 April 1937 as a successor to the German Air Sports Association; the latter had been active during the years when a German air force was forbidden by the Treaty of Versailles. The NSFK organization was based closely on the para-military organization of the Sturmabteilung (SA). A similar group was the National Socialist Motor Corps (NSKK).
During the early years of its existence, the NSFK conducted military aviation training in gliders and private airplanes. Friedrich Christiansen, originally a Generalleutnant then later a Luftwaffe General der Flieger, was NSFK Korpsführer from 15 April 1937 until 26 June 1943, followed by Generaloberst Alfred Keller until 8 May 1945.
The paramilitary rank system in use by the NSFK between the years of 1933 and 1945. The ranks were designed after paramilitary rank titles of the Sturmabteilung. Most ranks of the NSFK were also used by the National Socialist Motor Corps which maintained its own paramilitary rank system.
As with most Nazi paramilitary groups, rank patches were worn on a single collar opposite a badge of unit membership. The exception was for the ranks Standartenführer and above which displayed rank insignia on both collars.
|Shoulder insignia||Collar insignia||NSFK Rank||Translation||Luftwaffe equivalent|
|Obergruppenführer||Senior Group Leader||General|
|Obersturmbannführer||Senior Assault Unit Leader||Oberstleutnant|
|Sturmbannführer||Assault Unit Leader||Major|
|Hauptsturmführer||Chief Assault Leader||Hauptmann|
|Obersturmführer||Senior Assault Leader||Oberleutnant|
|Obertruppführer||Senior Troop Leader||Stabsfeldwebel|
|Oberscharführer||Senior Squad Leader||Oberfeldwebel|
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