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It was hoped that the Boeing 17 Flying Fortress bomber could defend itself against enemy interceptors with its and guns and turrets, without the need for a fighter escort on large, long-range bombing runs. The B-17 was armed to the teeth, packing 13 .50 caliber machine guns in 9 different positions around the aircraft; it […]

During World War Two there were thousands of different types of aircraft flown, but not all of these would go down in history as legendary warbirds. One such legendary aircraft however was the North American B-25 Mitchell. The twin engine medium bomber served extensively in a wide variety of missions, including both high and low […]

One of the most distinctive aircraft of WWII was the Heinkel He 111 bomber. Its distinctive shape, prominence in footage from the period, and participation in the Blitz meant it has since become a symbol of the Nazi war machine. It was a bomber from the beginning, but was designed in the early 1930s at […]

The AC-47 Spooky was the first in a line of a new type of aircraft called gunships, that were designed to fly at low altitude and speeds, providing accurate and intense firepower against targets on the ground. The platform to carry this firepower was the Douglas C-47 Skytrain, an ageing WWII era transport aircraft that […]

Boulton Paul Defiant The Defiant was a strange aircraft, without any forward firing armament. The secret weapon of the Defiant was its rear turret. It was originally designed to intercept bombers, with the pilot positioning the aircraft and the gunner firing on the enemy. It was thought splitting the two tasks would allow each one […]

The Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa was a fragile, slow and lightly armed land based fighter aircraft flown by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service during World War II. Despite these drawbacks, the Ki-43 had a fearsome reputation for its extreme manoeuvrability and brilliant rate of climb, making it a tough match in a dogfight. The Allies’ […]

Along with the Spitfire, the Avro Lancaster has become a symbol not only of the Allied victory in WWII, but of British pride. The four engine Merlin powered bomber carried more bombs than its American counterpart – the B-17 Flying Fortress, and wasn’t much shy of the next generation B-29 Superfortress. From a purely bomber […]

Here are 15 quickfire B-29 Superfortress facts – do you know them? 1) 3,970 B-29s were produced between 1943 and 1946. 2) It was one of the first military aircraft to feature a pressurized cabin. 3) The fuselage was designed as a cylinder, a shape more capable of handling pressurization 4) The B-29 was capable […]

This video is a brief but detailed tour of the interior of the CASA 2.111, a derivative of the Heinkel He 111 built under license in Spain during World War II. This aircraft was the only flying He 111/CASA 2.111 on the planet, until it crashed in 2003, resulting in its complete destruction. The CASA […]

The B-17 Flying Fortress was famous for being able to take a lot of damage and still make it back to base. Here, we have collected some incredible images of damaged B-17 Flying Fortresses that made it home. During WWII 12,732 B-17’s were produced between 1935 and May 1945. Of these 4,735 were lost in […]

The Tupolev Tu-28 or Tu-128 was a Soviet long-range interceptor that first flew in the 1960s, and has the distinction of the being the biggest fighter to ever enter service, and the heaviest at the time it served. The Tu-28 was given the NATO reporting name ‘Fiddler’. The idea for this aircraft was born in […]

In the years preceding the Second World War, Focke-Wulf, a civil and military aircraft manufacturer, had established themselves as one of the leading companies in the industry. They designed and built some cutting edge designs that would contribute to the German success in the early years of the war. The company is most well known […]