Category Archives: USA

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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Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress

Perhaps the most famous Flying Fortress of them all, the Memphis Belle flew combat at a time when casualty rates for bombers was pretty high. Its claim to fame was as the first such bomber to complete a full tour … 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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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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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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M4A1 Sherman

The Sherman Tank served almost every place the US Army did in World War II. Let’s take another look at the ubiquitous Sherman.

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