Tag Archives: Aircraft Models

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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Junkers Ju 87G-2

By the end of the line, Germany’s infamous “Stuka” was no longer a dive bomber. Let’s take a look at close support, 1944.

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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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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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