Hermann Goering announces the existence of a German air force in violation of the Treaty of Versailles. There is no official reaction from other Western nations, which encourages Hitler to continue his preparations for war.
Goering explains in an interview with the Daily Mail:
"My policy has not been to create an air arm threatening other nations, but to provide a military air force strong enough to defend Germany at any time against air attack.
As air minister, I will had the force with the rank of General der Flieger. No impartial, level-headed person can dispute Germany's claim to possess sufficient airplanes to guarantee absolute security.
Without an air arm, an army and navy are entirely useless, no matter what their strength."
In 1936 the Luftwaffe will be honing its tactics, doctrine, and skill by fighting on the side of the Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War.