Tag Archives: Aircraft Models

Polikarpov U-2

Looking like a relic from the previous War, this trainer found widespread use in the Soviet air force from before to after World War II. Let’s look at a type that seemed lost in time yet provided valuable service.

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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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Curtiss SB2C-4E Helldiver

From an outside view it seems clear the War was all but over at the start of 1945, but for those involved combat remained intense and relentless towards an Apocalyptic end. Bombing 84 (VB-84) on the USS Bunker Hill had … Continue reading

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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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Boeing-Stearman PT-17 Kaydet

Among the important, War winning hardware we rarely consider are the all important trainers. So let’s take a look at a well known Primary Trainer.

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Petlyakov Pe-2

We’ve already talked about how the great bulk of Soviet air power was destroyed in vast quantities at the start of the War in the East. But of course there’s far more to the story than that. Let’s take a … Continue reading

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Beechcraft YC-43 Staggerwing

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

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Kawasaki Ki-100

This late War Japanese Army fighter was almost certainly the most important Japanese aircraft to never get an Allied code name. Let’s take a look at a seriously good airplane that seems to have escaped the notice of Allied intelligence.

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Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun

Every nation had light civil aircraft that were used for light duty currier and transport work. Let’s look at one in the bloodline of a famous warrior.

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Douglass C-47 Skytrain

Perhaps the most important type that didn’t carry guns or bombs. Let’s take a look at a truly key aircraft.

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