Category Archives: Fighter

Fiat CR.42 Falco

The main Italian fighter in service at the start of World War II was definitely more the ultimate expression of a past era than anything modern. Let’s take a look.

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Nakajima A6M2-N Rufe

The float version of the Zero was perhaps the most successful floatplane fighter ever built. This will also be the mildest sort of “hypothetical” build I can even imagine. The aircraft is real, its service by unit and location are … Continue reading

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Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I

An example of a less than fully successful concept, the Defiant was one of the first generation of fighters that Great Britain had on entering World War II. Let’s look an interesting idea that never fulfilled its promise.

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Grumman F3F-2

The US Navy pushed through a last generation of “modern” biplane fighters when most other air arms were switching to monoplanes. Let’s take a look at the ultimate expression of a passing era.

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Lockheed P-38F Lightning

Lockheed’s big Lightning first came to prominence late in the North Africa campaign. Let’s look at a primary operator of the type.

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Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7 trop

Werner Shroer One of the more successful fighter pilots against the Western Allies. Let’s take a look at Werner Shroer who rose from enlisted ranks to high Luftwaffe Command during the War years.

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Kawasaki Ki-45 Nick

This twin was Japan’s attempt at a twin engine “heavy fighter”. Serving from 1942 to the end of the War, the Ki-45 can be regarded a reasonable entry to the genre.

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North American P-51D Mustang

The 356th Fighter Group was among the lesser known, but more colorfully marked units of the 8th Air Force.

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb trop

Malta An epic 29 month siege of the strategic island of Malta was a central part of the Mediterranean Campaign. Like the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire became the Allies’ iconic image of that fight.

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Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Republic’s big fighter is best known for its epic battles over Germany, and later for its role as a close support heavy weight. Yet it also played a role in the Pacific War. Let’s take a look.

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