Category Archives: Fighter

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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Messerschmitt Me 509

Although the Me 509 is often included on a list with “Luftwaffe ’46” subjects, that is truly inappropriate. Its more of a “Alt Luft ’43” subject. As World War II was getting started, Willy Messerschmitt recognized his Bf 109 as … Continue reading

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Curtiss P-40E Warhawk

We’ve looked at the story of how the Japanese exploded across the Pacific at the start of the Pacific War a few times. Now let’s take a look at where the line finally held, and one of the most successful … Continue reading

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Grumman F5F-1 Skyrocket

Grumman’s entry into the “heavy fighter” sweepstakes was destined to never advance beyond the prototype stage. But its not an easy thing to dismiss it as a failed design. Let’s take a look at an interesting design; in particular WHY … Continue reading

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