Supermarine Sea Otter: World War II

The Supermarine Sea Otter was a British designed biplane amphibian intended to replace the once venerable Supermarine Walrus in the Royal Air Force reconnaissance and search and rescue missions. It had the distinctions of being the last biplane flying boat to achieve front-line service in Great Britain armed forces. The Sea Otter was a result of an Air Ministry’s specification request codenamed S.7-38 (Stingray). There was a considerable effort placed [...]

By | 2017-12-21T08:22:20+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

B-26 Marauder American Medium Bomber: World War II

The Martin B-26 Marauder was an American World War II twin-engined medium bomber built by the Glenn L. Martin Company from 1941 to 1945. First used in the Pacific Theater in early 1942, it was also used in the Mediterranean Theater and in Western Europe. After entering service with the US Army, the aircraft received the reputation of a "Widowmaker" due to the early models' high accident rate during [...]

By | 2017-12-15T13:16:41+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

H-4 Hercules: The Spruce Goose

The single 400,000-pound (181,436-kilogram) H-4 Hercules flying boat, built by the Hughes Aircraft Co., was the largest flying boat ever built with the widest wingspan. It was built after a U.S. government request in 1942 for a cargo and troop carrier that would not be susceptible to Axis submarines and, by substituting wood for metal in its construction, would not use critical wartime materials. Originally conceived by Henry J. [...]

By | 2017-11-22T07:34:04+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Cursed B-17E Flying Fortress, Old 666

When you see the number “666” on the tail number of a plane, it is entirely understandable if you opt to stay on the ground. That number is as superstitious as a black cat walking under a ladder and given the reputation of this particular plane for returning to base shot to pieces; it becomes impossible to distinguish fact from superstition. But that didn’t stop an insubordinate and audacious [...]

By | 2017-11-10T07:28:30+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The lost Avro Anson: World War II

The remains of four airmen from the crash of a Second World War training aircraft in British Columbia have been recovered during a collaborative operation with the British Columbia Coroners Service. The four airmen – one from the Royal Canadian Air Force: Sergeant William Baird, and three from the Royal Air Force: Pilot Officer Charles George Fox, Pilot Officer Anthony William Lawrence, and Sergeant Robert Ernest Luckock – were [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:11:22+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The De Havilland Mosquito: World War II

On March 15, 1939, German ambitions and lies combined with lack of British resolve pushed Europe to the brink of war when Germany occupied what was left of Czechoslovakia. After this duplicitous move, Britain and France could no longer stand by and allow Germany to encroach on any more territory. Whereas Germany had been ominously building up its armed forces, Britain and France had done nothing, but now they [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:23:21+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Super Tucano USAF: Turboprop Light Attack Aircraft

As fighters become more complex, the need for highly effective trainer aircraft is on the rise. Embraer’s Super Tucano usaf - a single-engine, stepped-tandem, multi-purpose military turboprop - delivers both training and operational effectiveness at low acquisition and operating costs. It offers advanced solutions for basic to early advanced and weapons familiarization training, such as in-flight virtual training, and also provides the superb operational characteristics required for successful internal [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:29:31+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , |0 Comments

Stealth Aircraft: Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

The F-117A Nighthawk stealth aircraft attack aircraft was developed by Lockheed Martin after work on stealth technology, and the predecessor test demonstrator aircraft, Have Blue, was carried out in secret from 1975. Development of the F-117A stealth aircraft began in 1978 and it was first flown in 1981, but it was not until 1988 that its existence was publicly announced. The Nighthawk was the world's first operational stealth aircraft. The [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:34:06+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Flight 411 Olympic Airways 1978, Terror over Athens

The tragedy that shocked the Olympic Airways On the morning of August 9, 1978, Greece would live near the biggest aviation-and not just the tragedy of history, as the jumbo of flight 411 would fall within the densely populated neighborhoods of Athens, if not at its own center. Olympic Airways had scheduled Flight 411 from Athens to New York, with one of the four Boeing 747-200s in its fleet. [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:34:33+00:00 August 27th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , |0 Comments

B-25 Mitchell: American Twin-Engine, Medium Bomber

The B-25 Mitchell was a twin-engined medium bomber used in World War II and manufactured by North American Aviation. The B-25 was named in honor military aviation pioneer General Billy Mitchell. Design and Development of the B-25 Mitchell Bomber Experience gained in developing the XB-21 was used by North American in designing the B-25 (called the NA-40 by the company). Only one NA-40 was built, with several modifications later [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:36:02+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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