Jesse Beckett

Articles by Jesse Beckett:

The beloved Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is amongst the most produced bombers in history, with over 12,500 units being built. This is behind only two other aircraft; the US B-24 Liberator and German made Junkers Ju-88. The United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) laid out their requirements for a new bomber on 8th August 1934. […]

The 1930s saw the development of the SB2U Vindicator dive bomber. This was a result of military technology rapidly evolve in all areas, aircraft in particular. Military aircraft had only been around for about two decades, and nations around the world were scrambling to achieve the next big break through in this field of aeronautics. […]

Is it a plane? Is it a boat? No! It’s a plane boat! This odd, interesting looking creation is that of an old 1930s era airliner, itself a unique machine, converted into a water-going boat. The aircraft fuselage used is that of a Boeing 307 Stratoliner, a truly advanced aeroplane built on the basis of […]

Some incredible weapons, machines and aircraft were designed by the United States to help win World War Two. While these were great on the battlefield, once the war had ended, these creations became redundant, and were scrapped in huge numbers. This mass of spare equipment quickly found its way into civilian hands, who made use […]

The Republic P-47 is one of the most iconic American aircraft from World War Two. Forming the backbone of the U.S. Air Force, it was the most produced U.S. fighter, with well over 15,000 being built. The P-47 was not only the most produced U.S. fighter, it was also the heaviest. A fully loaded weight […]