American Fighter-Bomber: McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II

Arguably one of the finest combat fighters of the 20th Century, the McDonnell F-4 Phantom II series was produced in larger numbers since the end of World War 2 than any other Western fighter of the time. The Phantom II grew into an all-around performer and went on to serve with the USAF, USN and USMC (concurrently - the first American aircraft to do so) - and some 11 [...]

By | 2017-10-30T12:55:14+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

World War II: American Fighter Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

The Curtiss P-40 "Warhawk" series of fighter aircraft was a further development of the Curtiss P-36 "Hawk" line. The Warhawk became a legendary aircraft of the famous American Volunteer Group (AVG) fighting in China against the Japanese, earning themselves the nickname of "The Flying Tigers". Over the course of the war, the P-40 would be generally replaced by incoming improved types but she nonetheless remained one of the more [...]

By | 2017-10-30T12:58:14+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

World War II: German Fighter Messerschmitt Bf 109

Unwanted at its inception, the Bf 109 became the most widely produced, the most respected, and the most varied Luftwaffe fighter. Over 30,000 of the nine major variants of Willy Messerschmitt's versatile aircraft were built. From its introduction in the Spanish Civil War, until the last Bf 109 model retired from the Spanish (!) Air Force in 1967, the 109 served for thirty years. Background From the late 1920's, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T14:03:14+00:00 January 20th, 2017|Categories: Constructions, World War II|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

World War II: Messerschmitt Bf 110 (Me 110)

Early in 1934, the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM - State Air Ministry) issued a spec for a long-range two-seater, to be called a Zerstörer, "destroyer," whose mission would be to accompany German bombers on long missions and "destroy" enemy fighters. In concept, its speed and heavy armament would compensate for its limited maneuverability; in practice, not so much. Its main feature was range, thus the twin-engines and two crew, permitting it [...]

By | 2017-10-30T14:04:53+00:00 January 20th, 2017|Categories: Constructions, World War II|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

World War II: The North American P-51 Mustang

It was decided by Allied commanders that a full-time strategic bombing campaign would cripple the enemy over time and allow ground troops the advantage they needed to first stop the advancing German Army and then push them back into Germany. This included the practice of daylight bombing raids on German targets. The 1st daylight bombing mission by a US unit was on 4th July 1942. Two out of the six [...]

By | 2017-10-30T14:09:03+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Categories: Constructions, World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

World War II: Messerschmitt ME 163 Komet

Nazi Germany pursued numerous ambitious and impractical weapon programs over the course of World War II. One of the few that saw action was the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, the only rocket-powered fighter to enter operational service. The stubby rocket planes were blindingly fast by the standards of World War II fighters—but were in as much danger of blowing up from their volatile rocket fuel as they were of [...]

By | 2017-10-30T14:23:42+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Categories: Constructions, World War II|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

World War II: japanese Fighter Mitsubishi A6M Zero

The design of the A6M Zero began in May 1937, shortly after the introduction of the Mitsubishi A5M fighter. Operating under the Imperial Japanese Navy's (IJN) specification "12-Shi," Mitsubishi and Nakajima commenced preliminary design work on a new carrier-based fighter while waiting to receive the final requirements for the aircraft. These were issued by the IJN in October and were based upon the A5M's performance in the on-going Second Sino-Japanese [...]

By | 2017-10-30T14:34:12+00:00 January 15th, 2017|Categories: Constructions, World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

World War II: German Fighter Focke-Wulf FW 190

Jagdgruppe I./JG.51 left the front lines in August 1942, for East Prussia to convert to the new Focke-Wulf  FW 190A-3, the first unit from the Russian Front to adopt Kurt Tank’s radial engine fighter. The BMW engine offered two big advantages over the Bf 109’s water-cooled Daimler-Benz. First, its massive bulk up front helped protect the pilot. Second, it could absorb a lot of battle damage and keep running; [...]

By | 2017-10-30T14:37:30+00:00 January 14th, 2017|Categories: Constructions, World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

World War II: American Fighter Lockheed P-38 Lightning

With its two engines mounted on twin booms and the pilot's separate nacelle in between, the P-38 Lightning looked like no other plane. Lockheed's brilliant designer Kelly Johnson created the plane in response to a 1937 Army specification for an interceptor that could reach 20,000 feet in 6 minutes. With the engines of the era, this was quite a challenge, and the innovative P-38 Lightning design resulted. After lengthy production [...]

By | 2017-10-30T17:10:49+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Categories: Constructions, World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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