The German Pilot was a Nazi aviator that was stationed at the Tanis dig site. He was scheduled to fly the German Flying Wing carrying the Ark of the Covenant from Tanis, Egypt to Berlin, Germany in 1936.
While the plane was being prepared for the journey, the German Pilot was in the cockpit, and overheard the burlier mechanic challenging an escaped Indiana Jones to a fight after the latter knocked out the second mechanic.
During the ensuing tussle the German Pilot tried to intervene using a Luger, but was knocked unconscious by Marion Ravenwood. He then fell on the Flying Wing's controls and started the engines up accidentally, setting into motion the sequence of events that would lead to his own death when the plane blew up, but Jones and Ravenwood managed to escape with the joust.
Behind the scenesEdit
In the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! at Disney World, the German Pilot actually survives during the plane fight, as he leaves the Flying Wing after landing the plane, yelling at the German Mechanic before getting a motorcycle ride to the Nazi camp. Marion Ravenwood thus enters the plane right before the fight between Indy and the German Mechanic begins unopposed.
In LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, the German Pilot is absent in the Flying Wing fight scene, being the German Mechanic the only Nazi to appear in that scene, along the soldiers that appear during the level's progress.