Category Archives: Fighter

Yakovlev Yak-9D

This most numerous and important Soviet fighter of the War is perhaps the best known Soviet fighter as well. Let’s take a look at an important fighter from a unit that really emphasized the World at War.

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Curtiss XP-55 Ascender

A prototype that was never really considered for a production order, Let’s look at a design meant to tackle difficult aerodynamic issues as new areas of speed and performance were dealt with at the end of the piston-engine fighter era.

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Curtiss Mohawk Mk IV

The Curtiss Hawk 75 had been a popular export product in the years just before the start of World War II. Let’s take a look at one that flew for the RAF.

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Grumman F4F-3S Wildcatfish

Japan may have been the only nation with a fully successful float-plane fighter, but others tried. Let’s look at a US Navy attempt.

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Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat

The Hellcat is best known for its central role in devastating Japanese air power in the last two years of the Pacific War. But it also served, if briefly, against the more land locked opponent. Let’s take a look at … Continue reading

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Mitsubishi A6M1 Zero

Part of the first wave of great World War II fighters, the first flight of Mitsubishi’s famous Zero came on April 1, 1939. Let’s take a look at an important type that was so secret it was almost entirely unnoticed … Continue reading

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Gloster Gladiator Mk I

At the start of World War II every combatant still had hardware that looked like leftovers from the previous era. But some of those weapons were very effective in the right hands. Let’s look at a British plane and a … Continue reading

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North American P-51D Mustang

Among the better known American fighter groups of the Second World War, the 332nd Fighter Group made a name for itself in Italy. Let’s take a look at a plane and a pilot that saw action in the Group’s largest … Continue reading

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Lockheed P-80A Shooting Star

Let’s take a look at the first American jet to be considered an operational combat type. And as the last of this series of “hypothetical” builds we’ll also consider what it would have taken for the P-80 Shooting Star to … Continue reading

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Mitsubishi A5M4 Claude

The immediate predecessor of Japan’s most famous wartime product, the A5M continued to serve in a secondary capacity all through the War years. Let’s take a look at one that was involved in the massive Midway operation.

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