Category Archives: Fighter

Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIe

The final Merlin-engined Mark of Supermarine’s famous product entered service in October 1944 and remained in service until well into the post-War period. Let’s look at a late War Spitfire.

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Vought F4U-1a Corsair

I imagine this type needs little introduction. Let’s take a look at a Corsair flown by the type’s most famous pilot.

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Lockheed P-38J Lightning

Perhaps the single most famous P-38 of all time. Let’s take a look at a Lightning flown by the top US ace of all time.

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIb

A clear problem with early War British fighters was a lack of heavy firepower. Let’s take a look at the first production model to overcome that shortfall.

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Lavochkin LaGG-3

When Nazi Germany launched their War against the Soviet Union in June, 1941, the Soviet Air Force had just started an aggressive modernization program. Let’s take a look at one of those new types just getting into service.

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North American P-51C Mustang

Another look at a combatant from the least known of the major theaters of operation. Let’s take a look at a successful CBI pilot and aircraft.

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa

The first American ace of World War II scored his fifth kill before his homeland was even in the War. Let’s take a look at a significant, if lesser known accomplishment.

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Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2

By Spring of 1942 the first mass produced variant of the Bf 109 “G” was entering combat service. Let’s take a look at one from that year, and an important fighter pilot.

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Republic P-43A Lancer

Among the less known types of the USAAF in World War II. Let’s take a look at an aircraft that was important as a development, if not for actual combat.

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIIIc

The third most produced Mark of the famous Spitfire, the Mk VIII served exclusively outside of Great Britain. That mainly means Mediterranean , Pacific and CBI. Let’s take a look at the late Merlin powered type.

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