Category: American Planes

The 10 Most Expensive American Military Aircraft

Jesse

Since mans first powered flight in the United States in 1903, the US has heavily invested in military aircraft, creating countless pioneering planes and pushing the boundaries in the field of aviation. The US has produced some of the most expensive aircraft in history. This is a wise investment too, as the aerial might of […]

10 Facts You May Not Know About the P-38 Lightning

Jesse

Fast, unique looking and carrying devastating firepower, the Lockheed P-38 Lightning was a truly fascinating aircraft. All aircraft have their odd quirks and lesser known features, and the P-38 was no different. Here are ten facts you may not have known about the P-38 Lightning. 1) The P-38 was the first US fighter able to […]

What Were the Black and White Stripes Painted on Aircraft During D-Day?

Jesse

The chaos of combat can sometimes be used to your advantage, or be the source of great difficulty on the battlefield. It can lead to miscommunication, poor decision making and confusion. One such confusion that often occurs in combat, is correctly identifying the enemy and their equipment. From 800 meters away, a camouflaged tank doesn’t […]

The Awesome P-51 Mustang in 16 Photos

Jesse

The P-51 Mustang is undeniably one of, if not the most iconic aircraft of World War Two. It was the first Allied aircraft that merged speed, agility and firepower with extremely long range, being able to fly further than any of its contemporaries, and wreak havoc when it arrived. The single seat fighter was developed […]

The Futuristic Gun Turrets of the B-29 Superfortress – Ahead of its Time

Jesse

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 […]

The B-25 Mitchell in 21 Photos

Jesse

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 […]

Puff, the Magic Dragon – the AC-47 Gunship

Jesse

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 […]

Awesome Aircraft From WWII

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 […]

15 Interesting Facts About the B-29 Superfortress

Jesse

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 […]

18 Images of Heavily Damaged B-17 Bombers That Somehow Made it Home

Jesse

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 […]

Silent Video Shows Biplanes Creating Acid Smoke Curtains to Hide From Warships in 1920s US Military Exercises

Jack Beckett

In 1923 the US Air Force challenged the US Navy that a fleet of MB-2 biplane bombers would be able to destroy target warships. The challenge was accepted. A recently digitized video uploaded to YouTube shows the ingenious, if environmentally horrendous means employed by the air force. An early proponent of the airplane’s power, Army […]

P-51 Mustang Involved in Near-Miss With Another Airplane in UK

John Buchan

According to a report from the UK Airprox Board, an incident occurred on June 14 2020 involving a WWII P-51 Mustang where it and another aircraft came uncomfortably close to each other in the skies over Cranfield in Bedfordshire. A trainee pilot and their instructor were returning from a training flight in a four-seater DA40 […]