Category Archives: Fighter

Kawasaki Ki-100

This late War Japanese Army fighter was almost certainly the most important Japanese aircraft to never get an Allied code name. Let’s take a look at a seriously good airplane that seems to have escaped the notice of Allied intelligence.

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Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat

Joe Foss The Guadalcanal Campaign was the first extended campaign of the Pacific War that clearly ended in an Allied victory. It also saw dozens of aces made, let’s take a look at one of the most notable.

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Focke-Wulf Fw 190F-8

One of the more important German types in service to the last day of the War. Let’s take a look at a close support version of the famous fighter.

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Bell P-39L Airacobra

The P-39 tends not to get a lot of attention in histories of the Second World War. But I think I’ve found the least documented unit with a long combat history! Let’s take a look.

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Polikarpov I-153

At the start of World War II the Soviet Union had a vast combat air force that was not quite modern. Let’s take a look at one of the most prevalent types.

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Vought F4U-1 Corsair

The Corsair made a huge impact from its earliest appearance in the Pacific. Let’s take a look at one of those first combatants.

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Mitsubishi A6M2 Model 21 Zero

Air Raid, Pearl Harbor! Obviously the most famous Japanese fighter of World War II. The US military was abruptly introduced to the type on December 7, 1941. Let’s take a look at a participant in that attack.

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Curtiss P-40B Warhawk

December 7, 1941 I’ll assume we all know that date! Despite all the should’ves and could’ves, the Japanese achieved complete surprise against the US Navy base at Pearl Harbor and the surrounding military installations on Oahu, Hawaii. Most American air … Continue reading

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Messerschmitt Bf 109K-4

Messerschmitt’s Bf 109 was one of a handful of types that was in service from the first day of World War II to VE Day. No doubt it developed a great deal over that period.  Let’s take a look at … Continue reading

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Republic P-47M Thunderbolt

475 mph.  That is highest maximum level speed recorded by any American combat aircraft in World War II. Obviously a Mustang, right?  Or maybe a Bearcat if we stretch the definition of World War II combat types?

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