Category Archives: Fighter

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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PZL P.24F (G)

When Greece was drawn into World War II by Italy’s attack in October of 1940 they put up an unexpectedly stout resistance. Let’s look at one of the aerial defenders.

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Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat

Perhaps the aircraft most associated with the changing tide of the Pacific War, The F6F Hellcat was the key Naval fighter of the last part of the War. Let’s take a look at a complete game changer.

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North American P-51D Mustang

The Mustang has already been discussed at some length here, and will continue to be so. Because seriously, I have a lot of still unbuilt Mustang kits in my stash. This time, we’ll take a look at a model inspired by a … Continue reading

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Nakajima Ki-43-II “Oscar”

The Japanese Army’s newest fighter at the start of the Pacific War, the Ki-43 remained in service to the end of the war.  Long past it’s obsolescence. Let’s look at a late war Oscar.

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