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Category Archives: prototype
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.
Symmetry is over-rated. Time for a look at one of aviation’s truly unique designs.
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.
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
In 1932 Beechcraft introduced a new high performance, luxury executive aircraft. The Model 17 Staggerwing quickly became a pilot favorite. It was fast, powerful and modern. As War clouds gathered the type was pressed into military service from Spain to … Continue reading
The end of World War Two was the dawn of the jet age. Every major nation was working on these next generation aircraft. After the jump, a look at the United States first attempt at a jet fighter.
A late war prototype, the J7W was an interesting project designed to combat American B-29 formations. After the jump, a look at where the Japanese could have gone if the war lasted a little longer.